Interim Music Minister and Organist

New Brunswick, NJ
Type: Lay
Posted May 8, 2020
Job Title
Interim Music Minister and Organist
Name of church or organization
Christ Episcopal Church
Job Location
New Brunswick, NJ
Job Description
Christ Episcopal Church, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Interim Music Minister and Organist

Hours: July 1– August 23: 12 hours per week; August 24 – January 3 (with the possibility of it being a later date): 25 hours per week

Compensation: Salary commiserate with education and experience


  • Direct and supervise the organization and development of church choirs who will sing in scheduled services. (Summer choir only)
  • Prepare and lead choir rehearsals on a regular basis (Summer choir rehearses on Sunday mornings). (Summer choir only)
  • Train and inspire choristers for the Parish Choir, Canticum Novum, Summer Choir (pick-up ensemble) and Joint Children’s Choir. (Summer choir only)
  • Provide dynamic leadership in choir member recruitment.
  • Work with volunteer music librarian to oversee the maintenance of the parish music library of more than 1,000 titles.
  • Oversee the ordering of new music scores as needed.
  • Adhere to copyright laws.
  • Work with volunteers to care for and order new choir robes and surplices as needed.
  • Responsible for planning, preparing, conducting and performing music for Sunday services: 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. (or 10:00 during Summer Season).
  • Responsible for planning, preparing, conducting and performing music for all regularly scheduled Holy Days (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday).
  • Participate in planning and execution of regularly scheduled joint and interfaith services (Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Thanksgiving).
  • Coordinate lessons and practice schedules of organ students with Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts.
  • Responsible for scheduling and the use of all church musical instruments.
  • Maintain or oversee the maintenance of musical instruments on an as-needed basis (including tuning and repair of both organs and pianos).
  • Rehearse and work in organ and piano to maintain skills and technique and learn new repertoire.
  • Guide and encourage the congregation when unfamiliar hymns or responses are introduced.
  • Develop an appreciation of excellent sacred music within the congregation.
  • Maintain a responsible budget for the total music ministry. Provide periodic budget reporting to the Vestry as requested.
  • Keep accurate and detailed records of all phases of the parish music program.
  • Observe church financial guidelines for acquisitions of goods and services.
  • Participate in scheduled weekly staff meetings at which the overall parish matters will be discussed.
  • Chair the Music Committee together with the vestry Music Liaison.
  • Serve as a resource person for parish ministries and with the vestry as time allows.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Rector and as time allows.
  • With the help of the Music Committee, develop fund-raising strategies to help offset costs of special musical events and festival services.
  • Work with musicians and clergy of other local houses of worship to plan and implement ecumenical and/or interfaith worship.
  • Encourage parish involvement in diocesan worship and music events.
  • Maintain cooperative collegial relationships with area church musicians and Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts.
  • Support community musical organizations (sacred and secular) as a bridge between Christ Church and the Greater New Brunswick community.

Professional Development:

  • Maintain skills through regular practice, performance, score study, and private study.
  • Membership in professional organizations, such as the American Guild of Organists, American Choral Directors Association.

Possible other sources of income

  • Coordinate, perform and lead music for funerals and weddings for a flat fee of $200 per service (right of first refusal given to Music Minister).
  • Perform special concerts (4th of July, etc.) on a mutually agreed-upon fee basis.



  • Outstanding proficiency in organ and piano playing and choral direction.
  • Ability and experience in coordinating and leading musical programs.
  • Experience and competence in working with a variety of age groups and types of music.
  • Experience in accompanying musical performances.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organization and record-keeping skills.
  • Possess basic computer skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree with a music major.
  • Bachelor’s degree in organ or piano performance.
  • Experience in coordinating and leading music in a worship context.
  • Knowledge of church music and its role in Episcopal worship.
  • Experience with choral computing software.

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