Director of Music Ministries & Organist (Jacksonville, FL)

Date Posted: 
January 30, 2021
Organization Name: 
Riverside Presbyterian Church
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Director of Music Ministries & Organist Riverside Presbyterian Church, PC(USA), a vibrant, large, and diverse Matthew 25 congregation located in the historic Five Points neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida, seeks a full-time Director of Music Ministries & Organist to lead its dynamic and growing music ministry. The Director of Music Ministries & Organist should be a consummate organist, service player, and conductor, possessing superior skills in worship planning, hymn playing, choral conducting and accompanying, liturgical improvisation, and solo organ repertory. While we are a congregation who values traditional worship styles, the ideal candidate for this position will be comfortable taking risks in worship, leading repertoire from varied times and traditions, and working with church members of all musical abilities. He/She must demonstrate their understanding that worship is not a performance but is a carefully choreographed expression of praise directed to God, and work toward the overall vision of the church. Anticipated Start Date: June 1, 2021 Minimum Salary: $65,000 annually Education and Qualifications: • Character: maintains a Christ-centered faith, a strong sense of humility, and a pastoral identity. • Organization: has a desire to work collaboratively with the pastors, staff, and RPC members; has strong communication and organizational skills. • Musicality: extensive knowledge of organ and choral music repertoire, ranging from early church music to modern compositions; ability and desire to play in a multitude of genres and styles. • Education: candidates should hold a degree in organ performance or sacred music (with organ as primary instrument), or equivalent professional experience. Graduate degree preferred. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: • Oversee all aspects of the Music Ministry. • Play organ/piano for all worship service(s). • Arrange for choir, soloists, ensembles, and additional musicians as needed for Sunday worship service(s). • Rehearse and direct choir(s). • Provide leadership for the growth and formation of current and new musical groups, including the oversight of programs for children and youth. • Select service music, including the hymns, in consultation with the pastoral staff. • Oversee contract singers to be used as necessary. Track their individual participation, keep their contracts current, and requisition monthly pay for them. • Play for all weddings and funerals scheduled at the church; maintain the right of first refusal if requests are made for others to play. • Play for weekly Riverside Presbyterian Day School chapel and annual graduation services (or make arrangements for a volunteer substitute). • Plan and publicize community concerts in coordination with the Communications Committee. • Maintain the music library. Purchase new choral music as needed and provided for in the budget. • Design and manage the annual music budget in cooperation with the Worship Committee. • Coordinate ongoing maintenance of all instruments. • Oversee any individuals desiring to use the organ for practice. • Serve on the Worship Committee. • Attend staff meetings as required. Instruments: Riverside is fortunate to be the home of a recently installed 115 rank Colby-Walker pipe organ, three Steinway grand pianos (including a concert model D), and five octaves of handbells. Benefits: Competitive benefits package including paid vacation, study leave, health insurance, pension, and tuition assistance for Riverside Presbyterian Day School (RPDS). Relocation assistance is available. Riverside Presbyterian Church is an equal opportunity employer, joyfully sharing the love of Christ, nurturing a welcoming community with ourselves and neighbors, and valuing diversity (ethnic, political, socioeconomic, and sexual-orientation). To apply: Candidates are invited to submit the following items to • A cover letter which includes a brief overview of your faith journey and your call as a church musician. • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae. • Video recordings: Please submit links (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) demonstrating recent examples of solo organ repertoire, hymn playing, and choral conducting. • 3-5 sample bulletins of worship services you have planned. • List of your “top 10” choral anthems and readily performable solo organ repertoire. For more information about the position and our church, please visit