The Church of the Little Flower seeks a well-qualified individual to serve as Choir Director for one of our established parish choirs. This choir consists of mostly volunteers with some paid positions. There is a recently installed 38-rank Casavant Freres pipe organ in the church. Little Flower is a large suburban parish located minutes from Washington, D.C. and the Capital Beltway. The position is to be filled effective June 1, 2014.
We are seeking a person who has the demonstrated skills to work well with professionals and volunteers, and who will be expected to collaborate closely with others involved with the parish music program and liturgies including musicians, the organist, other directors, as well as liturgy committee and staff members. This position reports directly to the pastor who is responsible for the overall planning of all liturgies and the music program.
Duties include preparing and directing the choir for the weekly Sunday 10:30 am Mass from September through June, one weekly rehearsal, other major liturgies (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Holy Week and Easter), and the coordination of a robust and growing concert series throughout the year. Also included is the collaboration with others for weddings, funerals and special musical events. Other duties include attending liturgy committee meetings and scheduled concerts, directing and attending all assigned liturgies and rehearsals, preparing and coordinating printed programs for special liturgies and concerts, and the planning and monitoring of annual budgets.
Candidates must possess extensive knowledge and familiarity with sacred music in the context of the Roman Catholic liturgy, and must have demonstrated and documented experience as a choral director. Organ proficiency is desirable.
The choir director position is part time and does not have benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience, education and training in keeping with accepted standards. Please send resumes and other information to Church of the Little Flower, attention Gerald Mehlbaum, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20816, or e-mail at [email protected].