Beloved Director of Music and Worship, Mr. Kenneth W. Louis, to depart from Holy Comforter-St Cyprian Church in September 2015
Mr. Louis has provided outstanding music and liturgical worship services to this parish for over 20 years. A native of Louisville, KY, Kenneth is well known as a performer, lecturer, composer and arranger. He is the first graduate in the United States with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Ethnic (Gospel) Music Studies (1992) from the University of the District of Columbia. He holds a Master of Arts Degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD (1994). His many accolades, awards and performances are too numerous to list here but his service to God and his people will be forever in our hearts. May God continue to bless him in his new journey.
VACANCY FOR DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AND WORSHIP
Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian (HCSC) Roman Catholic Church, Washington, DC, searching for a full-time Director of Music and Worship who will plan, coordinate, administer, approve, and direct all liturgical music performed at or on behalf of HCSC. Director will develop and direct choirs, cantors, ensembles, soloists and musicians. Bachelor’s Degree or higher preferred. Knowledge of Catholic liturgy is highly desired. Must have experience in performing, directing and developing African American gospel and sacred music. Skill playing both piano and organ required. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills required. Interested and qualified individuals apply to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, 1357 East Capital St., SE, Washington, DC 20003 c/o Recruitment and Selection Subcommittee, no later than September 17, 2015. NO CALLS PLEASE.
Holy Comforter – Saint Cyprian Music Ministry
The Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Music Ministry participates in every communal celebration of faith in the parish. The Music Ministry adds a dimension of meaning and spirit and a communication of faith and ideals which contributes to and enhances the celebration of word and sacrament.
HCSC Music Ministry is composed of:
1. THE CHURCH CHOIR (under the direction of Kenneth W. Louis) whose repertoire includes anthems, church hymnody, spirituals and traditional and contemporary gospel music. The Church Choir provides music ministry principally at the 11:00am Sunday liturgy, church holy days and other special occasions. The choir has sung in concert and worship experiences throughout the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas as well as toured the south, east coast and heartland regions of the United States.
In celebration of the choir’s 40th Anniversary in 2013, the choir recorded a wonderful cd titled “We Offer Priase” featuring a diverse selection of songs and hymns. The CD is available for $10 and can be purchased at the Church bookstore or through mail order by calling the rectory office at 202-546-1885 or email@example.com.
2. THE YOUTH ENSEMBLE represents a component of both the parish’s Youth Ministry and Music Ministry. The Youth Choir provides music ministry at the 11:00AM liturgy the second Sunday of the month (which is designated as Youth Sunday). The ages range from 5-17 years old.
3. CANTOR AND MUSICIANS are especially skilled and talented musicians who provide music leadership and ministry at the 4:30pm, 8:00am and 11:00am liturgies.
For more information, please call the rectory at (202) 546-1885 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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