Some probably remember this post about my first job lead from mid-November, just days after being sacked from the ghosthouse.
Well, after not even bothering to follow up after a very crappy interview, I got this lovely little missive from the pastor via snail-mail:
Please excuse the delay in responding to your application for the position of Music Director of St. Francis de Sales Church.
I recently received (January 8) the committee's report of your interview with them on December 4, 2007. The committee did not recommend you for this position, and they gave various reasons.
I will respect their recommendation and wish you well in your pursuit of employment elsewhere.
A little story about this interview: The pastor took absolutely no involvement in this interview (read: was absent). The committee consisted of four women, a couple of choir members, a violinist, and a so-called "liason" that "monitors congregational singing". This committee has absolutely no care in the world about music for liturgy with the exception of seeing to it that nothing other than the "greatest hits" (or the euphamism, "the songs that they're comfortable with") are in the repertoire. When I had mentioned that I prefer to go with the wishes of the Vatican (e.g., the GIRM), their response was, "but what if the pastor wants you to do something different?" Why the sam hell wasn't the pastor there to ask that question himself? They don't want a leader by any means. They just want a butt kisser.
Just as well. My good friend Fr. Fisette was absolutely right by telling me that he couldn't picture me over there. That's because he knows I won't sell what I don't believe in. If the Vatican says so, than it's so. That's my belief. :)