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Fort Street Presbyterian Church
Fort Street Presbyterian Church was first organized in 1849 as the Second Presbyterian Church. Our present structure was completed in 1855 and the name was changed to Fort Street Presbyterian Church. Designed by Mr. Albert H. Jordan, it is one of America’s finest examples of the Gothic Revival architecture of that period. The building is now a National & State Historic Site.
The sanctuary seats 1,200. Dotted about the stone floor are decorative tiles representing the designs of ecclesiastical crosses. These were some of the early works of Mary Chase Stratton, who became world-famous for her iridescent glazes and Pewabic tiles. The great span of the roof is supported by hammer-beams and is exceeded in width of span only by London’s Westminster Hall. The organ was built by Wangerin-Weickhardt in 1914. It contains four manuals and 3,253 pipes, ranging in length from 16 feet to a quarter-inch. The soaring design of the sanctuary provides ideal acoustical conditions for the organ. Two memorials stand at the front of the church: A baptismal font of Caen stone, Mexican onyx, carved walnut and brass (1887), and a solid brass lectern in the shape of an eagle, which was on exhibit in 1893 at the World’s Fair in Chicago.
During World War II, the gymnasium was equipped as a dormitory for servicemen arriving at Union Station, then across the street, and 60,000 men made use of it. Since 1969, the gym has housed programs for the homeless, providing food, medical care and clothing to several hundred people every week.
Fort Street Presbyterian Church is seeking to fill the position of Music Director/ Organist. Located in Downtown Detroit, the church brings together people from across the metropolitan area in a shared commitment to serving people in need, celebrating music and the arts, and building a Christian community of people from many different walks of life. Responsibilities for this position involve leading music for Sunday worship, including leading the choir and playing the organ, and conducting the Fort Street Chorale, a no-audition, volunteer ensemble that performs sacred classical works, notably Handel’s Messiah. The Church seeks a leader who can maintain the quality of the church’s traditional music program, while also exploring other musical styles, including opening the church to the broader community as a venue for music and the arts. This is a part-time position. Although we anticipate employing one person to both lead choral music and play the organ, we will also review résumés from individuals pursuing solely an Organist position or solely a Music Director/Choral Conductor position.
Applicants for this position may email a cover letter and résumé/CV to email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed beginning on August 1, 2019. To see a copy of the Job Description for this position, click here.