Trinity College Organist

John Rose Distinguished College Organist and Director of Chapel Music

The John Rose Distinguished College Organist and Director of Chapel Music makes a significant contribution to Trinity College in fulfilling its mission as a liberal arts institution. The College Organist and Director of Chapel Music oversees all aspects of the Trinity College Chapel music programs and provides for music at major College occasions. This position carries forward an outstanding heritage of excellent music at the historic Trinity College Chapel and advances both the Chapel and the College itself as an important locus of music and the arts, worship, and community life. Through excellence in music education and performance, this position directly serves the undergraduate students of Trinity College, its faculty, staff, and alumni; the communities of Greater Hartford; and broad national and international communities of musicians.

Duties and Responsibilities

1.     Oversee all music programs related to the Trinity College Chapel so as to maintain the highest possible music standards.

2.     Supervise and assist the efforts of any adjunct music personnel associated with the Trinity College Chapel, including the College Carillonneur.

3.     Organize, train, and direct undergraduate choral group(s), including The Chapel Singers, to sing at Chapel functions that include regular services of worship, memorial services, convocations, concerts, etc., as required.

4.     Advise and support multiple student ensembles affiliated with the Trinity College Chapel.

5.     In cooperation with the College Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life or other designated clergy, provide organ and choral music for Chapel worship services, including regular Sunday liturgies in the Chapel as well as pastoral offices.

6.     Serve as a member of a multi-faith Spiritual and Religious Life team on campus that promotes student practices of faith, well-being, community building, and social justice.

7.     Consult with the College Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life on the use and care of the historic Trinity College Chapel. Take a lead role in any major fundraising efforts related to the Trinity College Chapel.

8.     Collaborate with the College Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life and other student, faculty, and staff partners on education and programming.

9.     Provide suitable music for such College events as matriculation, convocation, academic honors day, and alumni reunions.

10.  Encourage students to study the pipe organ and provide private instruction to students at all levels whether for academic credit or co-curricular activity.

11.  Communicate and promote Chapel music, the pipe organ, and other programs and offerings of the chaplaincy to students, among faculty and staff, and to the Greater Hartford community.

12.  Perform at least one major organ recital/concert each academic year in the College Chapel.

13.  Arrange and promote an annual series of organ recitals performed by distinguished visiting organists.

14.  Encourage and facilitate music ensembles from across campus and outside the Trinity College community to perform music programs in the Chapel.

15.  Arrange and oversee regular and proper maintenance of all musical instruments in the Chapel, especially the organs; lead any initiatives to rebuild, replace, or purchase instruments in the Chapel.

16.  Encourage the use of the Chapel and its music resources, especially its pipe organs, by arranging periodic or special programs, conferences, seminars, institutes or the like, thereby supporting the College’s academic goals as a liberal arts institution.

17.  Consonant with, and in enhancement of duties on campus, present recitals, concerts and master classes off campus; produce professional music recordings; and pursue scholarly endeavors.

18.  Assume responsibility for music program budgets.

Physical Demands

This position requires regular public performance on the College’s pipe organs as well as choral conducting; additionally, this position entails arranging and relocating equipment and furnishings as necessary to carry out the music programs of the Chapel.


Minimum Qualifications 
·       Advanced degree in organ performance. 
·       Graduate degree(s) are preferred. 
·       Critically acclaimed performance career 
·       Experience teaching organ 
·       Experience in choral conducting 
·       Knowledge and experience directing sacred music for liturgy 
·       Knowledge and artistic vision to direct both sacred and secular music programs 
·       Availability for a 12-month position, inclusive of Sundays, evenings, and weekends as needed.

Special Instructions to Applicants           

Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitæ that demonstrates performance career. Please include critical reviews of performances and recordings and a discography. Consideration of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

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