Director of Music
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, located on South Street in Morristown, NJ, is a welcoming, vibrant, and historic church within the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. The congregation of St. Peter’s has roots going back to the 1760s. Officially founded in 1827, the current building was designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White and consecrated in 1911. We provide variety of ministries for the local community including music, a thrift shop, an afterschool program and an extended summer Vacation Bible School program.
St Peter’s has a long-standing tradition of excellence in music. We value the ministry of music and have traditionally offered a rich variety of choral music in the Anglican tradition for adults and youth. A crown jewel of St. Peter’s Church is the unaltered 1930 Skinner organ. Designed and completed by G. Donald Harrison, it consists of 64 ranks and 62 stops over four manuals and pedal. It is characterized by varied foundation tones, powerful rich reeds, and a clean bright diapason chorus.
Description of the Director of Music Position
St. Peter’s is seeking a full-time skilled, experienced, enthusiastic, and flexible musician to serve as Director of Music. The Director of Music, under the supervision of the Rector, is the person who is responsible for all music for liturgy, education and entertainment offered in and by St. Peter’s Church. The incumbent should work to ensure that the music program is of the highest quality in providing music for the worship service. The incumbent is to stimulate, strengthen, and broaden the music program of the parish, and to coordinate and administer all music-related programs for the church and envision and develop a parish-wide music program that balances choral and congregational involvement, education, and spiritual growth. This is a full-time position with flexible hours based on seasonal and daily necessity. Though some time is spent in private practice and planning, most work involves direct contact with parishioners, staff, and visitors; it is important that all interactions be courteous, gracious and professional, fulfilling the Baptismal Covenant to “respect the dignity of every human being.”
- Five+ years experience as a professional church music director in a thriving congregation.
- Minimum of a master’s degree in Music or equivalent graduate work.
- High degree of proficiency directing choirs and supporting congregational singing.
- High degree of proficiency playing the organ.
- Highly developed skills in organization, coordination, and communication to facilitate working with the Rector, staff, committees, and the congregation.
- Familiarity with the worship and liturgy of the Episcopal Church.
- Experience and creativity in building choral ensembles for all age groups.
- Experience in teaching and training young choristers.
- Willingness to work as a team with a variety of individuals and personalities.
- Pass child abuse clearances and criminal background checks.
Design and manage a music program of highest quality for worship
- Serve as primary organist and choir director.
- Plan, coordinate, operate, and evaluate a comprehensive music program including developing and implementing appropriate music for all Sunday and special services that require music.
- Coordinate the worship music with the lectionary and the season of the Church year.
- Serve as liaison between Rector and choirs and ensure open communication in both directions.
- Prepare and submit proposed music budget annually; administer budget once adopted.
- Maintain the music library.
- Maintain all musical instruments, equipment and facilities including the organ, pianos and carillon.
- Be available at parish events to interact with parishioners at large.
- Plan and provide music as needed for weddings and funerals; attend wedding rehearsals as requested.
- Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings, meetings of the music committee and such other meetings as may be necessary for the conduct of St. Peter’s music program or at the request of the Rector.
- Arrange for suitable substitute organists to serve in cases of time off.
- Pursue continuing education through professional associations, AGO certifications, seminars, etc.
- Other duties upon the request of the Rector.
Oversee music used in educational programs including choirs, church school, AfterSchool on South program, and vacation bible school
- Supervise and direct all choirs in the parish- presently St. Peter’s choir - by striving for highest standards of leadership and musicianship in all music offered in and by the church.
- Actively recruit for choirs with the support and assistance of clergy and staff.
- Recruit, engage, supervise, and coordinate lay leadership and professional staff as needed.
- Collaborate with leaders and provide program support as related to providing music for the vacation bible school, the afterschool, church school and youth group programs.
Organize, produce and host concerts by parish and outside musicians
- Coordinate all musical and fine arts programs for the church including concerts by parish musical organizations, non-parish musical organizations. and individuals.
- Plan, prepare and coordinate music programs with the Music at St. Peter’s Committee. This includes the annual series of concerts currently known as “Music at St. Peter’s” that takes place from September through May.
- Work with church staff to administer the mailing list and publicity in all available media.
Salary and Terms
- Salary: $65k-70k based on experience plus additional fees for weddings and funerals
- Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental, Life and Disability Insurance, Pension, Vacation time plus annual paid holidays
How to apply
Please send the following materials to The Rev. Anne C. Thatcher, Rector at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 2nd, 2021.
- Letter of interest
- Three personal references
- Recordings of both organ playing and choral direction