The AAM Gerre Hancock Fellowship
The AAM Gerre Hancock Fellowship is one of the important initiatives that the Association of Anglican Musicians supports to encourage young professionals in pursuit of their craft. The purpose of the Fellowship is to offer an extraordinarily talented young church musician, someone who may lack experience in the Anglican/Episcopal traditions of liturgy and music, an opportunity to be mentored intensely for ten months in one of the Episcopal Church’s great music programs by one of more of our leading musicians. The intent is for the Fellowship to be broad-based, affording the intern the opportunity to be personally mentored in every aspect of the many musical and non-musical skills that are necessary to be a highly successful church musician.
The location of the Fellowship changes from year to year. Past Fellowships have been hosted by Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts, and the National Cathedral in Washington, D. C. Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina, is the host institution for this year’s award.
2017-2018 Internship Grant: The AAM Gerre Hancock Fellowship
We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2017-2018 AAM Gerre Hancock Fellowship is Thomas Heidenreich (B. Mus., M. Mus. Westminster Choir College, student of Alan Morrison), and that Trinity Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina, is the host institution for this year’s award.
Under the inspired leadership of Jared Johnson, Trinity Cathedral has established one of the most exciting Chorister programs in the Episcopal Church, with two choral services in the morning and Choral Evensong every Sunday. Several choirs (Men & Boys, Men & Girls, Adults, Cathedral Singers, and Trinity Youth Chorus) together provide additional music at special services and concerts throughout the year, all presented at an extraordinarily high level of excellence.
2018-2019 Internship Grant: The AAM Gerre Hancock Fellowship
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, will host the 2018-2019 AAM Gerre Hancock Fellowship. St. Mark’s, located on Locust Street in Center City, Philadelphia, is nationally held in high regard for its worship and music in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. Robert McCormick, music director at St. Mark’s, administers an ambitious program, one which incorporates a choral High Mass every Sunday of the season. Choral evensongs and other concerts are regularly scheduled throughout the year. The 2018-2019 AAM Gerre Hancock Fellow will enjoy full status as a staff member, benefitting from the mentoring skills of not only Mr. McCormick, but also indirectly from the presence of Fr. Sean Mullen, rector of St. Mark’s (and a boy chorister in his youth at Saint Thomas Church in New York) and Mother Erika Takacs, associate rector at St. Mark’s (who is a member of the AAM).
Terms of the Position Available (2018-2019 AAM Gerre Hancock Fellowship)
Host Institution: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia
Base salary: a minimum of $30,000 for a ten-month, full-time appointment, funded jointly by the AAM Gerre Hancock Fellowship and the hosting institution.
An additional $5,000 can be available, should it be needed, for a housing supplement or a health insurance benefit. Weddings and funerals may generate additional income.
Applications from potential Fellows are due January 22, 2018. Application forms are available on this web page (see below) and should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellow applicants must:
- Demonstrate a deep interest in the worship and music of the Episcopal Church, and the genuine desire to devote themselves to a career in church music, potentially in the Episcopal Church.
- Have completed a church-music-relevant college degree program not more than three years prior to the term of the Fellowship.
- Be a highly skilled organist.
- Have legal status to work in the United States of America.
Documents for the AAM Gerre Hancock Fellowship
- Guidelines for Prospective Fellows (PDF)
- Guidelines for Prospective Mentoring Institutions (PDF)
- Mentoring Institution Application (Microsoft Word DOC)
- Fellow Application (Microsoft Word DOC)
The goal of the program is to create full-time mentoring opportunities for extraordinary young church musicians who demonstrate a strong interest in the music and worship of The Episcopal Church, in order that they may acquire practical experience through intense and intentionally formative, full-time internships. The Episcopal Church institutions in which Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM) Internships take place will possess music ministries that are dynamic and nationally known for excellence, where interns will receive constant guidance from mentors who are widely respected senior members of the church music profession.
We thank those of you who have contributed AAM’s annual campaign this year, which enabled the establishment of this program. If you have not yet contributed to the Annual Fund, please consider making a contribution. Send tax-deductible contributions to:
Association of Anglican Musicians
Joe Galema, Treasurer
P.O. Box 62834
Colorado Springs CO 80962-2834