Director of Music (PT)

Westfield, NJ
Type: Lay
Posted Jun 27, 2018
Job Title
Director of Music
Name of church or organization
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Job Location
Westfield, NJ
Job Description
Director of Music Job Description:

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has been a vital presence in the suburban town of Westfield, NJ since 1897. Westfield, known for its charming and vibrant downtown, is approximately 50 minutes by train from New York City. St. Paul’s, picturesquely sited across from Mindowaskin Park, has 800 members, 200 pledging units, and Sunday attendance of 175 at two services, 7:45 a.m. (Rite I) and 10 a.m. (Rite II), the latter with full choir and organ. St. Paul’s is at an exciting moment in its history. Its new Rector and Vestry are committed to growing the spiritual vitality and the size of the parish.

Music is vital to the communal worship experience and has been a draw for members and supported by the Vestry and congregation for many decades. It is additionally supported by the Friends of Music program, which was instituted in 1992 as a way to further grow the music program of the parish. As a result, St. Paul’s is known throughout the community for our annual Spring Choir Concert with members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and other concerts throughout the year. We expect that the music ministry will continue as a source of parish growth.

The parish choir is comprised of approximately 20 singers, mostly volunteers and up to 8 paid professionals. The choir sings each Sunday at the 10 a.m. service from September to May and at special services throughout the year, including an occasional evensong. During the summer a volunteer choir is present. The Choir is joined by chamber musicians at Christmas and Easter and by additional paid singers for the annual Spring Concert. The Junior and Primary Choirs sing a minimum of twice a year. There is a Music Librarian to help maintain the 500-plus titles in our Music Library.

The ideal candidate for Director of Music at St. Paul’s is someone who is a committed Christian, is passionate about sacred music and its role in worship, who upholds high personal standards as a musician, and who will contribute energy and vision to the overall mission of the parish. The successful candidate will sustain our vibrant music program and be a strategic partner in developing and expanding our music ministry. We expect the successful candidate to have a graduate degree in church music, organ performance, or a related area of study. The successful candidate will be devoted to and thoroughly versed in Episcopal liturgy and Anglican music, yet be open to new musical expressions in liturgy. The successful candidate will be an exceptional church organist and choir director, experienced in choral programs for adults and children. The Director of Music will be expected to participate collegially in the parish leadership team of clergy and lay staff members and to actively assist and promote Friends of Music.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Oversee St. Paul’s liturgical musical offerings and music program in consultation with and under the direction of the Rector.

Be responsible for:

● Playing at principal Sunday worship service(s) each week and occasional special services, such as Holy Week services, evensongs, and confirmations
● Playing at weddings, funerals, and memorial services
● Selecting organ music for all services with consideration for liturgical and seasonal appropriateness
● Coordinating and overseeing maintenance/repair of the organs, harpsichord, and pianos
● Composing/arranging hymn settings/descants and other music for use in services, especially when other instruments are involved
● Conducting the choir in weekly rehearsals and warming up the choir before each service
● Nurturing and enhancing the experience of the volunteer choristers
● Selecting weekly anthems for the choir to sing in accordance with liturgical and seasonal appropriateness
● Recruiting children for the Junior and Primary Choirs, teaching them music skills, and training them, preferably in accordance with Royal School of Church Music guidelines or its equivalent
● Enthusiastically exploring how the music program can embrace children and young people and introduce initiatives to make this a reality
● Attending weekly staff meetings and other meetings as necessary
● Meeting with non-clergy staff members, choir members, Children’s Choir parents, and parishioners as to music matters, as necessary
● Preparing communications and calendars for choristers on a regular basis
● Actively partnering with the Rector in exploring how music can enhance congregational growth
● Managing the budget for the music program
● Identifying musical groups and soloists to perform in conjunction with special services
● Helping plan the necessary public relations and advertising for special services
● Communicating with and helping educate the parish concerning the role of music in worship (organ notes, newsletter articles, etc.)
● Serving as a Friends of Music (FOM) board member, attending meetings, helping plan and advertise concerts, hiring musical groups and soloists to perform in concerts, managing the FOM budget, and reporting in person to the Vestry on the FOM budget at the end of the year
● Conducting all responsibilities and interactions with church staff and parishioners in a collegial and respectful manner

Description of Organ:

St. Paul’s is blessed with a magnificent organ built by Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders (Opus 74), installed in 2004 under the tonal direction of Daniel Angerstein of Angerstein Organworks. The organ consists of 4 manuals, 55 pipe ranks, and 114 digital voices. A highlight is the trumpet pipes above the front entrance of the church. The tonal design of the organ is decidedly English, perfectly suited for Anglican worship. Opus 74 incorporates pipe work from St. Paul’s 1952 M.P. Möller Organ and the Richard Whitelegg Möller organ previously housed in Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield, New Jersey. All of the Möller pipe work was rescaled and revoiced especially for St. Paul’s acoustical setting.

Type of commitment
  • Part time
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Application Process
St. Paul’s Search Committee will accept applications received through 30 July 2018. Candidates should include in their resumé a description of experience with choirs, as well as examples of organ works they have performed and major choral and orchestral works they have conducted. A file or link to performance recordings should be included. From the applications received, the Search Committee will select candidates with whom telephone and in-person interviews will be conducted. Finalists will be drawn from this group. In early August, the Search Committee will invite finalists to St. Paul’s as guest musicians for audition interviews, including a brief choir rehearsal, playing preludes and postludes, conducting an anthem, and playing hymns.

Once auditions are complete, the Search Committee will make its recommendation to the Rector, who will determine the final selection.

The new Director of Music is expected to begin employment in September 2018. Please send a cover letter, application information, resumé or CV, audio files, and at least three references by electronic mail to or by postal service mail to

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Attn: The Reverend Dr. Duncan Johnston, Rector
414 Broad Street
Westfield, NJ 07090

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