Responsibilities of the Musician to the Parish
Provide music & musical leadership for all services in the Parish
Two Sunday morning services (8:45 & 11:00)
Lead music for Children’s Church during each of those services
One Wednesday evening service (6:15, with piano)
Recruit, plan for, and rehearse all regular music ensembles (August – June)
St. Paul’s Choir (35-55 adults)
Cherub Choir (ages Kindergarten-Grade 1)
St. Cecilia Choir (Grades 2-3)
St. Theresa (girls) & St. Nicholas Choirs (boys) (Grades 4-6)
St. Dominic Choir (Grades 7-12)
St. Paul’s Schola (8 paid singers)
The choirs of St. Paul’s are affiliated with the Royal School of Church Musicians.
Parish weddings & funerals
Consult with parties involved in planning of music
Services pertinent to liturgical seasons
Advent & Christmas
Lent, Holy Week, & Easter
Be responsible for the planning of all services in conjunction with the Rector. Be subject to the canonical authority of the Rector to further the work and mission of the Parish.
Development of professional musical relationships
University of Arkansas Department of Music
Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
Association of Anglican Musicians
American Guild of Organists
Northwest Arkansas Chapter of American Guild of Organists
Devote sufficient time to personal practice to allow for quality presentation of all organ music.
Direct the responsibilities of the part-time associate positions(s)
Supervise and maintain the Music Library
Guide volunteers from choir who assist
Oversee all details of the music budget
Purchase of music
Oversee the use of and maintain the integrity of all Parish music instruments
Secure extra musicians as needed
Secure substitute organist as needed
Continuing education allotment
Incidentals: food/drink, awards, office supplies
Oversee the Friends of Music Fund with supervision by the Rector and Vestry to coordinate special concerts
Be accountable to the Rector
Supervise paid musicians
Attend weekly staff meetings.
To live out our Baptismal Covenant from the Book of Common Prayer (pp. 304-305); to present a constant willingness to listen, to comfort, to encourage, to teach, to nurture, to laugh, to include, to share, to instill goodwill, to hope, and to care for choristers of all ages.
Show an understanding of a variety of abilities and display a willingness to help those of less musical background to become confident contributors to the musical life of the church.
Our Music Program Recently
The current Organist and Choirmaster, Charlie Rigsby, has been serving St. Paul’s since September, 1999. Under his leadership the music program has grown and developed a consistency of tradition and excellence. Locally, the St. Paul’s Choir has sung many large choral works, often with orchestra and in collaboration with choirs from neighboring congregations. The choir has sung in many venues in the United States and has enjoyed eight European tours. The church has been host to many concert series featuring international choirs, professional instrumental ensembles, and concert organists. The children of St. Paul’s have presented numerous musicals through the years and are actively involved each summer in the Arkansas Interfaith Conference Choir Camp at Subiaco Abbey & Academy—a camp established in 1976 by Mr. Rigsby.
Benefits from the Parish
Annual salary is $55,000-$75,000 (Bachelor’s degree plus experience). Salary is negotiable with additional education and experience. Additionally the Parish will provide health insurance and retirement benefits. Annual paid vacation is two weeks initially.
The Parish will guarantee the services of a part-time associate(s) to assist the Musician in accomplishing his/her duties. The Musician will design that position to fit the needs of the music program.
The Musician will have two days off per week.
An allowance of $1500.00 for continuing education will be provided annually.
Parish facilities/instruments may be used for the Musician’s teaching and performance. The Musician will be free to set his/her own fee for instruction.
While the Parish does not charge parishioners for music for funerals, the Musician is free to set a base fee for weddings. Wedding rehearsals and work with soloists or special ensembles for such may incur additional fees. Likewise, if extra rehearsals are necessary for funerals, a fee may be charged. The Musician will always have right of first refusal for such special services and must approve any request for substitute musicians.
A music budget sufficient to meet the needs of the music program of the church. Opportunity to discuss changes in the budget will be offered before the annual budget is set.
Musician shall be entitled to a sabbatical leave of three months every seven years.
While it is understood that the Musician serves at the pleasure of the Rector, the Parish will offer a Letter of Agreement for Employment, one based on the suggestions from the Association of Anglican Musicians in the handbook Musicians Called to Serve. The agreement will provide for regular review of the performance of the Musician by the Rector and terms of and procedures for continuance/dismissal of employment.
1962 Schantz Organ - Console by Nichols & Simpson 2012
8 Principal - 61 Pipes
8 Spitzflote - 61 Pipes
4 Octave - 61 Pipes
2 Super Octave - from Mixture
IV Mixture - 244 Pipes
8 Oboe* - 61 Pipes
8 Tuba - Choir
G to G 4
G Unison Off
8 Viola - 61 Pipes
8 Viox Celeste - 49 Pipes
8 Gedeckt - 61 Pipes
4 Rohr Flute - 61 Pipes
2 Gemshorn - 61 Pipes
8 Trumpet - 61 Pipes
8 Tuba - Choir
S Unison Off
8 Gedeckt - Swell
4 Gedeckt - Swell no top octave
8 Oboe - Great
8 Tuba* - 61 Pipes
16 Bourdon - 32 Pipes
8 Bourdon - No top octave
16 Violone (SW) - 12 Pipes
8 Octave - 32 Pipes
8 Viola (SW)
8 Gedeckt (SW)
4 Principal - 32 Pipes
4 Flute (SW)
2 Flute (SW)
8 Tuba (CH)
8 GT to PD
8 & 4 SW to PD
8 & 4 CH to PD
16-8-4 SW to GT
16-8-4 CH to GT
16-8-4 SW to CH
8 CH to SW
8GT to CH
ICS 400 Pipe Organ Control System
Next & Previous Pistons & Toe Studs
*1999 Additions by Range Organ Company of Dallas
Console by Nichols & Simpson 2012 for an expanded church or new church.
Nichols and Simpson have done extensive revoicing.