St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is seeking a full-time organist & choirmaster to maintain and expand its vibrant musical heritage.
Candidates should send letter of application and resume with references by May 15 to:
The Rev. Lowell Grisham, Rector
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 1190
Fayetteville, AR 72702
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.
GETTING TO KNOW US!
For nearly 200 years, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has been opening our doors for a lot more than just Sunday services in Fayetteville.
The church, which got its start at the corner of Meadow Street and College Avenue in the 1830s before moving to its current location at East Avenue and Dickson Street in the 1870's, has become an unofficial community center for the downtown Fayetteville area.
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 seven 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.
The church has opened up as a rehearsal space for the orchestra when the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas is in town and preparing for a show.
Community Meals Ministry serves a balanced hot lunch to around 130 people every Monday and Friday. The doors are open for at least five different Alcoholics Anonymous groups. Two Al-Anon Family groups have regular meetings there. There’s a support group and a day of respite offered for families caring at home for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. We host a Rosen movement class and at least three yoga classes free to attend and open to the public. We host an annual community Alternative Gift Market.
We host candidate forums around election season, and several times each year, we hold performances for the Prison Story Project, a program that provides women in the Northwest Arkansas Community Correction Center an outlet for their stories through performances, theatre, poetry, and song.
We have become the community church that offers a dignified funeral or memorial service for community members who may not have a religious home. Our Parish Hall has hosted a Hindu wedding, prayers and dinner following the close of Ramadan fast, and the creation of a Buddhist sand mandala
Magdalene Serenity House is St. Paul’s most recent community outreach ministry. It is a community of healing for women survivors of sexual exploitation and addiction as they move toward a life that is spiritually rich, economically self-sufficient, emotionally full, and drug free. Life at Magdalene will be patterned after the Benedictine model for communal living—rooted in hospitality, mutual respect, reverence and love for all. It’s a balanced way of living in which “the heart becomes broadened with the unutterable sweetness of love.” This new ministry follows in a tradition of our founding other community non-profits like Seven Hills Homeless Center and the Community Clinic.
- Fayetteville is the third largest city in Arkansas with a population of 73,580. (2016 census)
- Home to the University of Arkansas.
- Forbes ranked Fayetteville as the 24th-best city for business and careers in 2016
- US News analyzed 100 metro areas in the US to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there. Fayetteville ranked #3 in 2015 and #5 in 2016.
From US News Report
- Located in a region that's experiencing drastic growth, Fayetteville – together with Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale – has transformed from a small town to a center of higher education, culture, commerce and entrepreneurialism. The area known as Northwest Arkansas is the birthplace of Wal-Mart, the headquarters of Tyson Foods and the home of the University of Arkansas, the flagship campus of the U of A system.
- People from all over the world call Fayetteville home. Newcomers often comment on the friendliness of Fayetteville residents. People wave and smile at each other in the street, and community events are well-attended. With dozens of volunteer organizations and nonprofits, there's an abundance of ways to get involved in the community.
- Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville attracts outdoorsy types with its abundance of state parks, acres of community green space, playgrounds, parks and walking trails. The metro area also boasts a first-class performing arts center, an active local food movement, live music venues and a dynamic festival scene.
Art, Architecture, and Nature
Northwest Arkansas is now home to the world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum. There’s an eclectic collection of American art as well as the magnificent architectural beauty of the building and the surrounding groundscrystalbridges.org
- The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville brings in artists and entertainers from all over the world to create unique and unforgettable performances. The facility offers diversified programming, a large scale of touring productions, and the variety of arts opportunities are unparalleled anywhere in the state. waltonartscenter.org
- The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) under the musical direction of Paul Haas presents outstanding classical and pops performances. Resident at the Walton Arts Center, the symphony regularly rehearses in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall. sonamusic.org
- TheatreSquared is Fayetteville’s year-round professional theater. In 2011, T2 was recognized by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, as one of the nation’s 10 most promising emerging theaters. They are currently working toward the construction of a new 50,000 square-foot venue adjacent to the Walton Arts Center. theatre2.org
- Faulkner Performing Arts Center The new Jim & Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas — a renovation of the old Field House — is named in honor of the couple’s major gift to the project. Completed in September 2015, this world-class performing arts center provides a seating capacity for up to 588 patrons. The Faulkner Performing Arts Center is the main performance venue for the university’s musical organizations and hosts guest musical activities for the university and Northwest Arkansas community.
- The Blair Library in Fayetteville was recognized nationally as Library Journal’s Library of the Year in 2005, making it the first library in Arkansas to win the award. In 2011, USA Today named it one of the 10 best places to take a library tour. It is an intellectual hub that provides visitors a fun, convenient and comfortable environment for reading, researching, meeting or just relaxing.
Metro population 493,095
Average annual salary $43,570
Median home price $182,508
Average monthly rent $738
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.