MUSIC…MATTERS! 2014 in Red Deer, AB, September 5-7, 2014

Attention all musicians and music lovers!

Music United is sponsoring a supportive, learning event for church musicians at Sunnybrook United in Red Deer in September because we have heard comments like the following:

“I have no tenors in my choir…”
“Oh yeah?  I have no choir!”
“Oh yeah?  I have nobody to play!”
“Oh yeah?  I have nothing to play!”
…and it gets worse!

Music United has held two successful Music…Matters events — in Brandon, MB in July, 2012 and last year, in Riverview, NB in September, following a format that included a Hymn Festival (open to the public) on Friday evening, a series of workshops (registration required) on the Saturday, and participation in worship with the host congregation on the Sunday morning. Somewhere in there is our Music United Annual General Meeting, social time, and even a jam session!

Here’s the schedule of events for 2014 (or download the Music Matters Program for sharing with friends and colleagues):

Friday, Sept 5

  • 6:00pm Registration (for Saturday workshops)
  • 7:00pm Ode To Joyfulness a Hymn Singing Festival (open to all)

Saturday, Sept 6

  • 8:30am Gathering (with a few songs)
  • 9:00am Session 1: Worship planning using Gathering (Tammy-Jo Mortensen)
  • 10:00am Break (bathrooms, move to next session)
  • 10:15am Session 2: The Pianist as Organist (Fred Graham)
  • 11:15am Break
  • 11:30am Troubleshooting for Music Leaders (Deer Park team)
  • 12:30pm Lunch (on-site for all attendees)
  • 1:30pm Session 3: Drumming in worship (Carol Zacharias)
  • 2:30pm Break
  • 2:45pm Session 4: Song-writing (Bruce Harding)
  • 3:45pm Break
  • 4:00pm Session 5: Anthem Reading Session (Terry Head)
  • 5:00pm Dinner (on your own to explore the dining opportunities of Red Deer)
  • 7:00pm Music United – AGM
  • 9:00pm Social time, location TBA – plenty of stimulating conversation and jamming opportunity

Sunday, Sept 7

  •  10:00 am Participation by Music United in worship at Sunnybrook United Church

Full workshop descriptions will be available soon on this website, and registration is available on our Music Matters eventbrite page.

Our hope is that many of you can attend in early September before your choir and/or teaching schedules become too hectic. Registration cost is a very affordable $50 ($40 if registered before the Early Bird Registration date of August 25, 2014) and includes lunch on Saturday.  Please join us as we make a joyful noise, meet some new friends, exchange ideas, and share our passion. See you at Sunnybrook!

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Fred Graham honoured as Fellow of The Hymn Society in The United States and Canada!

Congratulations, Fred, for an honour well deserved! Fred is one of our most well-known musicians in the United Church, and a Music United executive member, and we in Music United wish him well and thank him for his many contributions to music in the United Church and abroad. Full details in the press release.

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Islington UC, Toronto, ON, seeks soprano soloist

Soprano staff singer/section lead for the Senior Choir of Islington United Church.
Please contact Dr John Derksen, Minister of Music:

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Windermere United Church, Toronto, ON, seeks Minister of Music

Windermere United Church, in west-end Toronto, seeks a Minister of Music who can help develop a Christian community through the music program.    The church is open to new and innovative ideas, as well as a diversity of musical styles.   In the past we have had a variety of guest musicians, as well as a pick-up choir of congregation members that sings a few times a year.

We have a C. Franklin Legge 1926 Pipe Organ and a Heintzman baby grand piano in the Sanctuary, and we encourage the inclusion of other instruments to supplement the musical offerings.

Applicants should be proficient on the piano and/or the organ, be willing to build the choir, and to provide innovative, diverse styles of music for the church community.

Salary:  $13,500.   This position is to be considered a 1/4 time position.

Resume submissions will be accepted until July 31, 2014 only.

Start:   September 1st

For full job description, please submit your inquiries and a resume to

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Director of Music wanted – All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church, Toronto, ON

All Saints’ Kingsway is looking to hire a Director of Music for September 2014. The successful candidate will be an accomplished organist and musician, have expertise in choral direction, evidence a deep knowledge of the Anglican liturgy, versed in traditional, new, and world music, open to innovation, committed to the support of congregational singing, and prepared to utilise the diverse musical skills of congregants of all ages.
The position will be 20-25 hours a week as negotiated and will include time for administration, preparation, and rehearsal in addition to liturgical duties..
All Saints has a 3 manual 51 rank Casavant organ opus 3874, installed in 2009 as well as two grand pianos in the worship space, a 1947 Heintzman and a 2006 Stegler

We have an 18 member choir which includes paid leads.

The church also has a large music library with a broad range of styles.

The successful candidate will provide for musical support for 1-2 Sunday Celebrations a week as well as other major feast days celebrated throughout the year. She/he will arrange for choral and musical support for these Celebrations, and will be the primary musical accompanist. As well the successful candidate will be called on to prepare and present other musical events throughout the year. Preparing for our Celebrations and musical events is facilitated by a regular weekday evening choir rehearsal. She/he will become an active member of a staff team who meet regularly to plan, review, report, and support one another. The successful candidate will work with clergy on the choice of hymns and other music consistent with the particular theme for the day or the season. Although the care and nurture of the choir will be a primary concern she/he will also imagine and implement other musical groupings representing the significant musical gifts to be found in the All Saint’s community.

All diocesan and parish policies and practices must be known and adhered to and particularly the Diocese of Toronto’s Sexual Misconduct and Screening Policies. This position is screened as high risk and requires successful completion of Police Records Check and reference check as a condition of employment.

Remuneration will be negotiated according to the appropriate salary and benefits scales including the RCCO scale for church musicians.

A more detailed job description is available by request.

This position may be made into 2 positions at the parish’s discretion.

Would interested applicants please send a cover letter and resume to The Rev’d Canon Dr Andrew Sheldon at by July 25, 2014.


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St. John’s United Church, Oakville, ON, seeks Director of Music

St. John’s United Church located in the heart of downtown Oakville, Ontario, is searching for a new Director of Music.

We are a vibrant congregation with music being integral to weekly worship where we explore and enjoy a wide range of musical genres and expressions.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic music director who is skilled as both an organist and choir director.

In worship we enjoy a 3-manual Casavant organ, Kawai Baby Grand and a digital keyboard.

The music director’s responsibilities include a well-established senior choir, growing junior choir and bell choir.

Compensation for this 20 hour/week position is commensurate with credentials and experience and will follow the RCCO guidelines. We welcome applications from accompanist and conducting teams.

Please forward your resume including references to Please visit our website at

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Organist needed, Église Unie Saint-Marc, Ottawa, ON

Église Unie Saint-Marc is seeking an organist for Sunday morning services. We are a small (approximately 40 families) but growing French-speaking United Church congregation on Elgin Street in the centre of Ottawa. Services are held at 11:00 on Sunday mornings and on some other special occasions, and usually last about an hour to 90 minutes.

The church organ is a two manual organ, with 11 stops and mechanical action (Lye 1913/Munro 1995). There is a piano in the sanctuary which can also be used to accompany congregational singing. Currently we have no choir, although we hope that this will be possible in future.

Because services are conducted in French, a basic understanding of French is a requirement of this position.

For more information or to submit your resume, please contact Linda Madore at or 819-682-3881.

L’église Unie Saint-Marc recherche un(e) organiste pour les cultes du dimanche matin. Nous sommes une petite paroisse francophone de l’Église Unie, actuellement de 40 familles à peu près, située sur la rue Elgin en plein coeur d’Ottawa. Nos cultes ont lieu à 11h00 le dimanche (et à certaines autres occasions spéciales) et durent en général de 60 à 90 minutes.

L’orgue est un instrument à deux claviers, à 11 registres, action méchanique (Lye 1913/Munro 1995). Un piano dans le sanctuaire peut aussi servir pour accompagner les cantiques. Actuellement nous n’avons pas de chorale mais nous aimerions éventuellement en former une.

Nos cultes se passent en français; par conséquent, notre organiste doit au moins comprendre le français.

Pour des renseignements supplémentaires ou pour soumettre un résumé, veuillez communiquer avec Linda Madore à ou 819-682-3881.

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Crescent United Church, Surrey, BC, seeking Music Director

Crescent United Church (“CUC”), a welcoming congregation with a strong musical
tradition, is seeking to hire a Music Director.

Candidates must:
• be a skilled pianist/organist and choir director
• be able to plan, select and rehearse music (hymns, anthems, etc.)
appropriate for the liturgical seasons that will enhance worship
• have excellent communication skills and be committed to facilitating an
open, collaborative working relationship with the Minister, choir and others.

For further details regarding this position and information about our Crescent
United Church community, please go to:

Interested applicants should e-mail a resume together with a list of any references to the Crescent United Church office at: (identify Subject as “Music Director Search”)

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Organist needed, St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Trail, BC

Organist needed for Anglican Church in Trail BC, to play built-in dual manual Casavant pipe organ with pedals and stops.  Accompaniment required for one or two choir practices and one service per week,  also Christmas and Easter services as well as occasional weddings / funerals.  Payment per session.  Schedule negotiable: subs available.  Choral leadership not a requirement but possibly an asset.
For further information about the church, see FaceBook page under St.Andrews Trail, or website at   The City of Trail website is  Nearby is world class skiing (, active arts and culture (, regional hospital (, and real estate costs among the lowest in Canada.  Want to know more?  Reach Neil Elliot at 250 368-5581 or by email,
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Music Director/Organist wanted, Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Kelowna, BC

The Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Kelowna, BC, seeks a Music Director/Organist. The successful candidate will direct a number of groups, among these a traditional cathedral choir, a children’s choir and a women’s choir. St. Michael’s Cathedral is a lively, growing faith community that gathers about 200 people each Sunday at three distinctive services. The parish offers a variety of liturgical and musical styles, seeking to nourish the congregation, as well as others from the community who attend services, with a meaningful worship experience. We are an inclusive, open, and affirming parish, working hard to make a difference in our local milieu.

The Director of Music is an active participant in the growing Cathedral community, whose musical talent and leadership skills serve to engage and encourage the musical gifts and abilities of people of all ages. He or she facilitates expression of these gifts in worship, education and celebration, by providing modern and traditional, high quality Anglican liturgical music suitable to the skills and interests of the congregation.

Music is central to our ministry. Accompaniment is on both organ and grand piano. The organ console is a Casavant, with pipe work and chest made by Abbot and Smith of England. With four divisions, the organ is controlled from a three-manual console and has over 1500 wooden and metal pipes.

Remuneration is in accordance with the RCCO salary scale. A minimum of three weekly choir rehearsals, Sunday worship, holy days, weddings and funerals (the last two of which represent additional income) encompass the position. A job description is available upon request.

Applications for only the Music Director or Organist’s position are also welcome.

A full job description may be found at

Resumé and/or inquiries should be directed to The Very Rev. Nissa Basbaum at

The deadline for receipt of applications is February 15, 2014.

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