Temple Emanuel in Phoenix, Arizona seeks a Cantorial Soloist/Music Director to begin in June or July, 2018.
We are looking for someone whose musical ability will engage the congregation during worship, in accordance with the temple’s robust traditions of musical beauty and communal participation. Our new Soloist/Music Director will lead services, train bar and bat mitzvah students, bring music to religious school classrooms, and lead our several musical ensembles. He or she will be a member of our dynamic Senior Staff, working closely with our rabbis to create meaningful, beautiful, and inspiring experiences for the community. The successful candidate will be both personable and professional.
This is a full time job, paying a competitive salary, with benefits.
How to Apply
Applications should be submitted electronically to Jocelyn Richards, Director of Human Resources ([email protected]) and should include a cover letter, a resume, and a musical sample of the applicant singing a Jewish song of their choosing (in mp3 format). Your cover letter should address your knowledge of and experience with leading Jewish liturgy (particularly in conjunction with clergy), preparing students for bar and bat mitzvah, ability to supervise/direct various ensembles (both choral and instrumental), leading children in song, chanting Torah, and producing events (such as a Purim Spiel). Also, what moves you musically?
Questions can be directed to Alan Kannel, chair of the search committee, at [email protected].
Deadline for applying is March 1, although we will continue to receive applications until the position is filled.
Temple Emanuel is a friendly, thriving, full-service synagogue located in Tempe, Arizona, part of the Phoenix Metropolitan area. In addition to a preschool and religious school, we offer a full slate of programming for adults, including many opportunities for learning and g’milut chasadim. Services, in a variety of styles, take place each erev Shabbat and Shabbat morning, including 30 to 40 b’nei mitzvah each year, and at all festivals. We use Miskhan T’filah as our siddur, and are a proud member of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Musical ensembles include the Shabba-Tones rock band, Adult and Junior Choirs, and Rural Street Klezmer Band.
Phoenix is the United States’ fifth largest metropolitan area, with an abundance of cultural institutions, phenomenal weather (although summers are HOT), ample access to nature, a low cost of living, and a wide range of housing options.
We only hire mensches.
Visit us at www.emanueloftempe.org.
In keeping with the highest ideals of Reform Judaism, our congregation abides by the teaching that each individual is created b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God. We will include in our search all candidates regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status.
Soloist/Music Director Responsibilities
Examples of duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Envision and co-create a rich musical environment at Temple Emanuel.
- Provide cantorial services at religious services such as Shabbat, Havdalah, Tots and Torah, Toddler and Preschool Shabbat, Festivals, High Holidays, Yizkor.
- Select, prepare, and perform music for each service.
- Find and teach new music to keep our services lively.
- Chant Torah from time to time.
- Assist congregants with Jewish musical interests and needs.
- Sing at member life cycle events from time to time.
- Lead shiva services when needed.
- Participate in congregational events, such as our Annual Gala.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Preparation
- Train Bar/Bat Mitzvah students:
- Teach Torah trope to rising bnei mitzvah.
- Meet twice (or more, if needed) with each Bat/Bar Mitzvah student to review full service, read from Torah, coaching tips on public speaking, haftarah in English.
- Maintain contact with parents on student progress. Meet when necessary.
- Identify specific needs for customized training for students with special needs (working with our Learning Lab teacher, for example).
- Work with rabbi to ensure smooth training process, especially in cases of difficulty.
- Monitor monthly service attendance and supervise reminder letters with Administrative Assistant.
- Attend B’nei Mitzvah orientations.
- Record and send all Torah portions on mp3 files.
- Record Bat/Bar Mitzvah service prayers and post on website.
- Lead tfilah with the rabbis each Sunday.
- Incorporate student learning and leading into tfilah.
- Teach music classes to Pre-Kindergarten – Sixth grade.
- Teach music elective (“guitar” or “song leading,” for example) at Wednesday school.
- Prepare songs for Promotion Assembly and school holiday observances.
- Attend staff meetings.
- Manage budget for music programming.
- Hire and supervise accompanist and other musicians.
- Manage music related restricted funds.
- Work to promote special events.
- Direct band.
- Identify and introduce new music.
- Select music for each service.
- Schedule rehearsals.
- Prepare song sheet.
- Purchase equipment.
- Develop goals and music styles.
- Schedule rehearsals and performances.
- Teach music and conduct choir.
- Prepare cue sheet for each performance.
- Direct choir.
- Select and teach varied music.
- Schedule and organize rehearsals and performances.
- Hire director and supervise selection and production.
- Produce special Shabbat and Holy Day programs (“Beatles Shabbat,” Women’s Seder, and East Valley Yom HaShoah Observance, for example).
- Work with other organizations (Jewish and other community organizations) to create musical experiences and concerts, such as Thanksgiving program, and Phoenix Jewish Music Festival Performances.