Music Matters 2014 in Red Deer, AB: A fabulous time was had by all!

A passionate group of musicians and music lovers gathered in Red Deer from across Alberta and Northwest Conference, with leadership from across the country, for Music Matters 2014, September 5-7! Plans are now underway for next year’s event, likely in Manitou Conference in northern Ontario. We’ll post updates as they are available, so check back regularly to see what’s up for next year.

Many people were asking for copies of Fred Graham’s Sunday morning sermon, a stunning and passionate statement on the importance of music and music leadership in the life of the church. Download and share, with Fred’s blessing.

Thanks to all who attended and to all who helped to organize and lead the event, and a huge thank you to Sunnybrook United Church in Red Deer for their gracious hospitality!

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Hillhurst United Church, Calgary, AB, seeks Music Director

Hillhurst United Church (HUC) is a vibrant, inclusive and
progressive seven-day-a-week church in the heart of Kensington.

Our extensive music program includes choirs, small choral
groups, talented accompanists and a major spring musical
production. In our midst are many talented singers, musicians and
choral leaders who need the right leader to help us go from good
to great in our music programs, events and performances.

Download the job description for further details.

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Trinity St. Andrew’s United Church, Renfrew, ON, seeks music accompanist

Trinity St Andrew’s United Church in Renfrew, Ontario, is currently searching for an accompanist. This person shall provide musical accompaniment for all regular worship services of our church. They shall support our music director and 15 voice choir. The instruments with which they shall work are:

  • a pipe organ, the Essex series made by the Rogers Organ Company; and
  • a K. Kawai baby grand piano.

The total time commitment expected is 4 hours per week with 5 Sundays off per year. An honorarium is provided.

Inquiries can be made or resumes submitted to the Rev. Russell Wardell at rev.wardell@tsarenfrew.ca.

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Calvary Memorial United Church, Kitchener, ON, seeks Music Director

Calvary Memorial United Church located near downtown Kitchener is seeking a new Music Director.  We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic music director who is skilled as both an organist and choir director.   The church has a two manual pipe organ and a Yamaha grand piano.  Both are used in services as required.  The Music Director’s duties include musical leadership at regular Sunday services and special services as required, direction of a well established adult choir and growing children’s choir.  This is a 10 to 15 hour per week position and compensation is commensurate with credentials and experience according to the RCCO guidelines.   Please forward your resume to the Chair of the Music Search Committee c/o  office@calvarymemorial.ca

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Amadeus Choir Seasonal Song-Writing Competition

Attention children and youth. The annual song-writing competition of the Amadeus Choir of Toronto is for you this year! Send in your songs by the October 24 deadline to be considered, and hear your work sung in December if you win.

Details and an application form are on the Amadeus Choir website.

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Faith United Church, Courtice, ON is seeking a Music Facilitator

Faith United Church, Courtice, is seeking an enthusiastic music facilitator to be part of our leadership team for our friendly, positive, growing congregation of approximately 160 regular attendees. Our church has a 3 manual Casavant Freres organ, a Heintzman grand piano, a full size Roland digital piano, and assorted percussion instruments to support vocalists and a 25 voice choir. The position currently involves 14 hours per week with one Sunday service at 10:30 am and weekly vocalists and choir practices. Varied musical styles and blended worship are key parts of our ministry.  Applications will be received until October 26, 2014. Further information is available on our website at faithunited.ca. Please send resumes to our Music Search Committee Chairperson – Brien Page  -  brienpage@rogers.com.

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Pipe organs in IMMEDIATE need of homes

Two small pipe organs are in IMMEDIATE need of homes.  One is a 1940 Casavant, the other is a 1983 Brunzema.  Excellent working condition.  For more information, PLEASE contact Ken Hassell, the Music Director of Orchard Valley United Church, New Minas, Nova Scotia.

Phone:  (902) 679-6919; email:  ken.hassell@bellaliant.net

I have approximately 40 pictures of each instrument as well as specifications to send to any who contact me.

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October 4, 2014 – Spreading Harmony with Gathering Sparks: A Vocal Harmony Workshop and Concert

Join Folk Trio Gathering Sparks and the Emmanuel Howard Park Gospel Choir for an uplifting afternoon of song and celebration!
Workshop & Concert: $45 per person– includes dinner and a free concert ticket for a friend!
Concert Only: $10 per person
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Aurora United Church, Aurora, ON, seeks Music Coordinator

Aurora United Church ( Aurora, Ontario - less than an hour north of Toronto) is a vibrant faith community, worshipping together for over 195 years. Following the fire which destroyed our historic building on April 11, 2014, we are a congregation in transition. We currently hold our worship services at Trinity Anglican Church (Aurora) while we engage in a dynamic review of our mission and facility space needs. Our Position Description provides more background on our current situation. Continue reading

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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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