Music Director (PT)

Hanover, NH
Type: Lay
Posted Nov 22, 2021
Job Title
Music Director
Name of church or organization
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Hanover, NH
Job Description
Summary of Music Director Position

St. Thomas seeks applications for the position of Music Director (three quarters-time). The church is a thriving parish in the Upper Valley of the Connecticut River, next to Dartmouth College.

Music of high quality: organ, choral and instrumental, is essential to the life and liturgy of St. Thomas. Our practice is built on the Anglican tradition.

In summary, the Music Director will

*set an example of ministry, collegiality, professionalism and care towards others,

*shepherd, mentor and accompany the adult and children’s choirs,

*select instrumental and choral music for worship services, and develop non-liturgical musical programs,

*be an accomplished organist, playing the organ on Sundays and at major feasts and festivals of the church year,

*empower people in the parish and wider community to share their musical gifts.

The Music Director is a vital part of the ministry of the parish as a whole. A more detailed description of current and projected musical activities can be found below and at our website:

Music Director Detailed Job Description

Professional Goals

The Music Director shall set an example of ministry, collegiality, professionalism and care toward others. The Music Director will share music as a ministry with others in a way that is fun, enjoyable, enthusiastic about diversity, and centered on the St Thomas vision: “All welcome – no exceptions – to worship, love, serve and grow.” The Music Director will be an accomplished organist and will help St Thomas live into this vision by encouraging and building up the music ministry of our primarily volunteer choirs and the wider congregation. The Music Director will encourage and include participation by congregants of all musical abilities.

The Ministry of Music

– Shepherd and mentor the adult and children’s choirs for Sunday morning worship services and major feasts of the liturgical year. Rehearse on Sundays and on weekday evenings. Recognize the equal importance of both choirs to St Thomas, fostering positive relations with all singers, as well as parents and care-givers.

– Provide organ music on Sundays, while also coaching and encouraging other musical expressions for special festivals and other occasions.

– The Music Director will empower members of the parish who are gifted as organists, choristers or other musicians to share their musical talents with the parish. The Music Director shall open up the church community to non-liturgical expressions of music, by cultivating connections with other musicians inside and outside the church.

– Provide organ and choral music for additional services, including but not limited to Ash Wednesday, Lenten Evensong, End of program year Sung Mass, All Saints Requiem, Thanksgiving Day, Sung Compline during Advent, Nine Lessons and Carols, all Christmas Eve services, Christmas Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and other feast days and special parish celebrations.

– Assist couples or bereaved family members in choosing music. Play music, at all weddings and funerals performed in the Church. Alternatively, when the Music Director permits another organist to provide music, arrange for and supervise the provision of organ music by the other organist.

Administration and Collegiality

 Collaborate with staff and parishioners. Meet with the Rector weekly at a mutually agreeable time within St Thomas Parish Office hours to review the music program and coordinate worship, reserving additional time for Lent, Holy Week, and Christmas. Actively participate in all staff meetings (bi-weekly).

– Select appropriate instrumental and choral music for the liturgical year, consulting the Rector as to the appropriateness of hymns, anthems, and special music offerings; acceding to the Rector’s choice of hymns and service music. Share these selections in termly segments with the Communications Manager and Rector.

– Collaborate with the Communications Manager. Proofread each bulletin (on a weekly basis or more frequently before major festivals) before it is printed, to verify the accuracy of musical information shared with the parish. Contribute to the St Thomas newsletter.

– Collaborate with the Treasurer. Be responsible for the purchase of all necessary music and supplies, the maintenance of the church’s musical instruments, and the hiring and rehearsing of instrumental and vocal soloists as appropriate. Expenditures in each of these areas shall not exceed the specific amounts provided in the church budget without the permission of the Rector. Review the potential music budget for the upcoming year as part of every fall budget cycle.

– Supervise any assistant choir directors, organists and musicians, whether volunteer or paid, who perform at St Thomas.

– Appoint, with notice to the Rector, a substitute Organist/Choir leader when the Music Director is unable to attend a choir rehearsal or a Sunday service.

The Ministry of Education

– Learn about the culture of St Thomas and the Upper Valley, and help us learn about best practices for growing the music ministry, administration or collegiality from other communities.

– Create a choral scholarship program or other music ministry for Dartmouth College students or under 30s to sing or assist with either the adult or children’s choirs.

– Devote time to educating both the wider parish and those involved in the St Thomas music program.

– Practice organ skills, and undertake other forms of Continuing Education in order to provide music and maintain professional standards of performance and conduct.

– Become educated in Safe Church standards, maintain clear professional boundaries, and stay current with all Diocesan Safe Church requirements.

Type of Commitment
Part Time (three quarter-time)
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Application Process
To apply in confidence please email a letter of interest, a resume and an electronic sample of your work to The deadline for applications is December 10, 2021.
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