MacNeill Baptist Church Published: August 31, 2022
MacNeill Baptist Church 1145 King Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 1L9

Job Type
Permanent Position


The ideal candidate will have choral music and conducting experience, and strong piano skills, along with a post-secondary degree in music, or equivalent. An interest in church liturgy is an asset. As an energetic team player, you will be accountable to the congregation through the Board of Deacons and will have the support of a Music Committee. It is expected that the responsibilities of the Director of Music can be managed within a 10 hours of work per week. The salary is in accordance with the RCCO scale.

Overview of Church and Community

MacNeill Baptist Church is a small, self-governing congregation with a strong core of dedicated members, including a small SATB choir and an instrumental ensemble.  We enjoy a team approach to worship, and music is an integral part of that experience.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

A degree in music, or other appropriate credentials, piano proficiency, and experience in church music and choral conducting.

Role and Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will have the following responsibilities:

1 Worship service preparation

a. Participation and coordination with worship planners

b. Collaboration on hymn selection

c. Introit/anthem selection and congregational responses

d. Choral rehearsal and rehearsal accompaniment

e. Instrumental ensemble parts [arrangements/photocopies]

f. Instrumental or vocal soloist rehearsal as necessary

g. When required, procuring extra instrumentalists and instruments

2 In the service

a. Choral conducting [a cappella or from the piano]

b. Hymn accompaniment [piano and other instruments]

c. At the piano

i. Service music [prelude, offertory, postlude]

ii. Introit/anthem and congregational responses’ accompaniment

iii. Instrumental ensemble leading

d. Occasional introduction of new hymns, responses, etc. to the congregation

3 Other:

a. Music for special services as needed

i. Weddings, funerals

ii. Church anniversaries, hymn-sings etc.

b. Scheduling for piano maintenance as required

c. Maintenance of the music library

d. Arranging of instrumental parts for the ensemble would be an asset

Preferred Skills

Services are both in-person and live-streamed. Our primary instrument is a Yamaha C3 grand piano. The church does not have an organ. We have a balanced, skilled and loyal choir of 12-17 members who sing an introit and anthem each service, with a rehearsal on Thursday evenings [8.00pm – 9.30pm]. Our choral library is quite extensive with traditional church anthems [e.g. Willan, Mendelssohn, Bach, Handel, Parry, Byrd], with recently composed anthems [e.g. Sirett], spirituals, Taizé, Iona. We possess a set of hand chimes [two-octave]. Our congregation uses the Presbyterian Book of Praise [1997], and our hymns are accompanied by piano and instrumentalists [e.g.: violin, clarinet, cello]. There is a considerable library of accompaniment for the hymns already on file. We are open to shaping the position around the passion and skills of the successful candidate.


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Please direct your letter of application and resumé to:

Garth Greaves - Chair of Search Committee for Director of Music by e-mailing to or by land mail to MacNeill Baptist Church, 1145 King Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 1L9.

MacNeill Baptist Church welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. ***