Music Minister and Organist (PT)

New Brunswick, NJ
Type: Lay
Posted Sep 23, 2020
Job Title
Music Minister and Organist
Name of church or organization
Christ Episcopal Church
New Brunswick, NJ
Job Description
Position:           Music Minister and Organist

Hours:                Average of 25 hours per week with more hours during the program year and less hours during the summer.

Salary range:   Salary will be commensurate with education and experience per Association of Anglican Musician Salary Guidelines 


Services and Choirs

  • Responsible for planning, preparing, conducting and performing music for Sunday services: 8:00 a.m. and 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).
  • Direct and supervise the organization and development of church choirs who will sing in scheduled services.
  • Prepare and lead choir rehearsals on a regular basis (Summer choir rehearses on Sunday mornings).
  • Train and inspire choristers for the Parish Choir, Canticum Novum, Summer Choir (pick-up ensemble) and Joint Children’s Choir (rehearsals shared with the music director from the other congregation).
  • Provide dynamic leadership in choir member recruitment.
  • Guide and encourage the congregation when unfamiliar hymns or responses are introduced.
  • 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.
  • Maintain or oversee the maintenance of musical instruments on an as-needed basis (including tuning and repair of both organs and pianos).
  • Work with volunteer music librarian to oversee the maintenance of the parish music library of more than 1,000 titles.
  • Participate in planning and execution of regularly scheduled joint and interfaith services (Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Thanksgiving).


  • Maintain a responsible budget for the total music ministry.
  • 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.
  • Chair the Music Committee with the help of 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.
  • 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.

Professional Development

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


  • 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 (we are proud to have Richards, Fowkes & Co., two-manual, 24 stop organ).
  • Outstanding proficiency in 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.
  • To read more about our music program, please visit:
  • To apply for this position, please send cover letter and resume to the Rev. Joanna Hollis at
Type of Commitment
Part Time
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Application Process
To apply for this position, please send cover letter and resume to the Rev. Joanna Hollis at
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