Associate Director of Music (Richmond, Virginia)

Date Posted: 
January 15, 2022
Organization Name: 
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Job Description: 

Associate Director of Music

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia is seeking a full-time Associate Director of Music to begin in August 2022. The largest parish in the Diocese of Virginia, St. Stephen’s has a long tradition of musical excellence. Its diverse worship offerings require skill and interest in a wide variety of musical disciplines and offer opportunities to work with excellent choirs and instrumentalists. As such, interested candidates should be interested and experienced in collaborative music-making. We seek a colleague who is committed to being a leader in all facets of St. Stephen’s music program, and a teammate for future growth. Reporting to the Director of Music, the successful candidate will join a large and talented team of colleagues who are leaders in their fields. The position includes full benefits and a salary commensurate with education and experience.


Duties include:

  • Assist in the leadership of the St. Stephen’s Choir, a large adult choir of volunteers and eight staff singers, which sings for two Sunday morning services and occasional concerts
  • Assist in the leadership of Sanctuary, a mostly professional choir that sings for Sunday Compline weekly and for occasional concerts
  • Work closely with the Director of Music to lead and foster the growth of choirs for children and youth, using RSCM curriculum
  • Share in the planning, preparation, and leadership of the service of Celtic Evensong and Communion, a candlelit service involving a cantor and instrumentalists
  • Accompany choirs in services and rehearsals, and sing in choirs when not accompanying
  • Assist in the planning of all music for worship services
  • Assist the Director in planning, promoting, and managing concerts and special events
  • Assist in managing multiple large music libraries, departmental finances, vestments, office supplies, and maintenance of our 1951 Aeolian-Skinner organ, two Steinway pianos, and Taskin-style harpsichord
  • Attend staff and liturgy meetings
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Music


Skills required:

  • A high level of organ performance in solo repertoire, choral accompaniment, and the leadership of congregational singing
  • Experience and training in choral conducting; experience with children’s choirs and familiarity with RSCM curriculum is beneficial but not required
  • Strong work ethic and organizational and communication skills
  • Experience with Excel and music notation software is beneficial but not required


Interested applicants will provide:

  • A short letter of intent
  • Three references
  • A current C.V.
  • Links to recordings of one piece of organ repertoire, and one choral or hymn accompaniment; video recordings are preferred, but not mandatory.


Send to Brent te Velde, Director of Music, before February 15. No telephone calls, please.