Call for Proposals: Music Leader(s) at the 43rd General Council 2018

Interested in leading music at the next General Council gathering in July 2018? Proposals are now being accepted, deadline March 31. Full details in the attachment: GC43 musicians

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Music Matters 2017!! May 5-7, 2017 at St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon, SK

We’re very excited to be holding our annual meeting and music education event this year at St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon, SK, in Saskatchewan Conference of The United Church! Our official programme begins on Saturday, May 6, but since we’re partnering with St. Andrew’s College this year we thought it would be fun to hold our event on convocation weekend, when many people are in the city already for the festivities.

 Visit our Eventbrite page to register. $45 registration (Saturday lunch included). Everyone who is interested in church music is welcome – choir directors and singers, organists/pianists and instrumentalists, all levels of ability. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Saskatoon!

We have recommendations for accommodation for out-of-town attendees and parking information for St. Andrew’s College here.

Event schedule and workshop information after the break… Continue reading

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Northlea United Church, Toronto, ON, seeks a Music Director

Northlea United Church (125 Brentcliffe Rd., Toronto ON, M4G 3Y7 in North Leaside) is currently seeking an enthusiastic musician with strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills to work creatively with our Minister to lead our music program. We are searching for a versatile individual who envisions music and congregational singing as an integral part of the worship experience and who is equally a skilled organist and pianist. Continue reading

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United Church of Christ Musicians Association gathering in Boston, MA, July 9-12, 2017

Feel like a summer road trip and looking for a great educational opportunity? Musicians from our sister denomination in the USA, The United Church of Christ, are gathering in Boston this summer for their biennial conference, July 9-12. By all accounts it will be an amazing event for musicians of all skill levels, so if you’re interested check their event page for further details.

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Hymn Society annual conference, Waterloo, ON, July 16-20, 2017

The Hymn Society in the US and Canada is meeting this summer in Waterloo, ON! A great opportunity to meet fellow church musicians, sing together in four-part harmony, learn from experts in the field, and just have a wonderful time together. Full information available on the Hymn Society website.

And for emerging scholars of hymnody, there is an opportunity to submit research on congregational song at a special forum during the event. Deadline is April 1. See the HSUSC Call for Papers for further details.

Come one, come all!

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Grace United Church, Thornbury, ON, seeks Director of Music

Grace United Church is inviting applications for Director of Music to maintain a tradition of high quality music in our worship services, as early as March 17, 2017. We are seeking someone with strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, to lead a diversely talented senior choir. Continue reading

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Gently used organ needed, St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea United Church, South Bay Mouth, ON

The organ at St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea, in South Bay Mouth, has given up.  It is about to retire.  It’s quite old, so it owes us nothing.  Some of the folks at St. Andrew’s were wondering, before they go out and buy a new one, if you would know whether or not a church might have an extra one, a good one, that they are aren’t using.  If you know of one would you please let me know.

Contact  martin.garniss@hotmail.com; or Mardi Mumford: e.m.mumford@sympatico.ca

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Director of Music wanted, Bridge Street United Church, Belleville, ON

Bridge Street United Church in Belleville, Ontario has openings for:
an Interim Director of Music starting January 3, 2017 and concluding with the hire of a Director of Music starting as early as feasible in 2017.
Both are contract, part-time positions of up to 20 hours per week.
For more information, see www.bridgestreetchurch.com.

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Music Director wanted, Meadowood United Church, Winnipeg, MB

The United Church in Meadowood (UCiM) is a congregation that grounds itself in personal relationships with Christ, nurtures itself in fellowship of the Church and empowers itself through God to seek justice in the world. We are proud of the fact that the UCiM is an affirming Church where all are welcome. We seek a Music Director for: Music leadership for weekly rehearsals, for Sunday Services and for 2 or 3 special music offerings annually, along with the required rehearsals. Continue reading

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Respectful Relationships: a webinar for worship leaders and musicians, September 26, 12pm EDT

We’re excited to announce that Music United, in partnership with the Edge Network of The United Church of Canada, hosted its first webinar! A chance for everyone involved in worship and music leadership in the church to gather and talk about important issues. Here’s the description:

Respectful Relationships
A “Call”: which leader feels the greater sense of call? In co-leadership, how do we all get
along?  How do we balance the use of power, unique congregational cultures, and service to the Creator? How do we help make each other’s expression of ministry a collegial, positive and fulfilling experience? Join panel volunteers Fred Graham, Jason Locke, Rev. Bill Steadman, and Patricia Wright as they explore issues, resolutions and healthy relationship pointers during this open discussion.

You can check out the archived video and chat from the webinar here. And please send us your suggestions for future topics!

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