Have you ever wanted to sing with the choir but weren’t ready for a long-term commitment? Have you ever wanted to participate in the tradition of our Lenten cantata? Your time has come! Come join the choir and prepare to perform The Weeping Tree, which will be presented at the March 29 service. Show up Thursday nights at 7:15 starting Feb. 20. All are welcome!
Jen is excited for the opportunity to be the new organist/music director at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Jen has lived in Pitman most of her life and currently resides here with her husband, Bobby, and two children, Michael and Anna. God’s gift of music has always been an important part of Jen’s life. She has played piano since a young age, accompanied choirs, sang in select choir groups, and performed in musicals. Jen taught piano lessons for many years and was the church organist at several different churches as well. From 2010-2013, she was the music director at Our Father’s House Preschool in Pitman. Jen currently teaches special education at Kingsway Middle School. She hopes to bless others by sharing her passion for worshiping God through music!
Job Description: The Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Pitman, NJ seeks a part-time Music Director / Organist for one 10 a.m. Sunday service and one evening rehearsal per week. Additional required services include, but, are not necessarily limited to, Christmas Eve, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Easter morning. Director will partner with the Priest and choirs to lead and develop the music program of the parish.
Primary obligations include all worship accompaniment; leading the congregation in the musical elements of worship; making music selections (in collaboration with the Rector); and leading an adult, youth, and Handbell Choir between September and June. This will include coordinating and conducting their rehearsals. Current Adult and Bell choir rehearsals are on Thursday evenings. Youth choir rehearses after the 10 a.m. Sunday morning service. During July and August, the organist plays at Sunday services, but there are no rehearsals. Occasional compensated participation in weddings, funerals may be requested.
Ideal candidates should be familiar with Episcopal liturgical tradition, comfortable with various liturgical styles, and open to adapting to fit the needs of the congregation. Experience with both the organ and directing a choir is preferred.
We have a library of choral music, and during services we use the Episcopal Hymnal (1982) and Lift Every Voice and Sing II. Our pipe organ is a fully reconditioned 550-pipe 12 Rank Tracker built in 1896 by Bernard Mudler of Philadelphia. There are pianos in the choir room and sanctuary available for rehearsal. Our bell choir has a three-octave set of Schulmerich brass handbells.
Compensation is negotiable starting at $15,000 per annum, commensurate with experience, and includes sick time. For more information about our parish, please visit: https://www.goodshepherdpitman.org.
Applicants should send a resume and cover letter, including references, and if applicant desires, links to recordings that highlight organ performance and choral direction to:
Church of the Good Shepherd
Att: Music Director Application
315 Highland Terrace
Pitman NJ 08071
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Music Director Application.
This position is available beginning April 22, 2019. We are currently accepting applications. Interviews and auditions will follow. Position will remain open until filled
A PDF copy of the job listing is available here:
Bell Choir rehearsals will resume this Thursday, October 4th at 630 PM in the choir room. Please come and join us!
Adult choir practice begins September 6th at 7PM in the choir room and resumes singing at the “Welcome Home” Sunday morning 10AM service on September 9th. We are always looking for new members. If you are interested please contact Meg Cornely or speak to any choir member for more information.