Director of Music (New York, NY)

Date Posted: 
March 20, 2020
Organization Name: 
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity
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Salary Range: 
Competitive with comparable positions in NYC
Job Description: 

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity

Central Park West at 65th Street
New York City

Job Description: DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

Please Apply by April 6, 2020

Summary Description: The Director of Music helps to carry out the worship and music program consistent with the mission and values of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity and its renowned Bach Vespers ministry. The Director of Music works in collaboration with the Pastor to plan all liturgies and oversees the staff choristers and music support staff. The Director of Music works in consultation with the Congregation Council and its committees for programmatic planning and in collaboration with the Parish Administrator for day-to-day activities.

Supervision: The Director of Music is supervised by the Pastor in consultation with the Congregation Council and the Executive Committee.

Job Functions:

1. Plan and coordinate worship and music at Holy Trinity in conjunction with the Pastor and the Worship, Music, and Arts Committee.

a. Plan music for all weekly Masses and Vespers and for special services (Holy Week, Christmas Eve, Christmas, Epiphany, Ascension, Ash Wednesday, etc.).
b. Promote strong musical participation by the congregation.
c. Schedule and rehearse all choirs for all liturgies and concerts.
d. Serve as the primary organist or pianist for all liturgies and concerts.
e. Select/provide/compose appropriate chorale settings of the sung Propers for liturgies.
f. Audition/select all musicians (professional and volunteer) for appropriate placement.
g. Oversee the music support staff in contracting of all professional musicians and artists.

2. Help to foster a Faith Fellowship at Holy Trinity by facilitating the success of its Worship, Music, and Arts ministry, as well as the other foundations of ministry at Holy Trinity—Christian Life, Service, and Community.

a. Work with the staff and laity on PR initiatives.
b. Contribute to social media and networking initiatives.
c. Foster and maintain relationships with patrons, institutions, and the media.
d. Work with the Stewardship Committee on fundraising efforts.
e. Promote the ministry through tours, recordings, social media, and guest appearances.
f. Serve as a resource to the Synod, the ELCA, the City, and the larger musical community.

3. Oversee the administrative tasks of the music office.

a. Oversee the music support staff.
b. Collaborate with the Pastor and Parish Administrator to produce all Mass bulletins.
c. Oversee the maintenance of the music library.
d. Help to produce season brochures and/or digital promotional materials.
e. Assist with the preparation of annual budgets for Parish and Vespers programs.
f. Oversee the maintenance of the parish’s musical instruments.
g. Assist with weekly and monthly payrolls for staff and contracted musicians.

4. Participate with the church staff, Pastor, and other leaders in facilitating congregational goals.

a. Attend weekly staff meetings.
b. Provide written report for monthly Congregation Council meetings.
c. Serve as a member of the Worship, Music, and Arts Committee.
d. Assist other committees as appropriate.
e. Assist worship volunteers.

5. Maintain professional competency by practicing, performing, attending continuing education opportunities, and reading professional journals.


1. An advanced degree in Sacred Music, Organ, and/or Choral Performance is preferred.
2. Exceptional organ/keyboard and conducting skills.
3. Ability to work well with others and participate collegially with staff members, Pastors, and congregational leaders.
4. Exceptional skills in improvisation and composition.
5. Expertise in the field of early music repertoire, historically informed performance practices of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, period instruments, historic Lutheran music, Lutheran theology, and historic/current liturgical practice.
6. Excellent writing and communication skills.
7. Ability to maintain a respectful and considerate manner consistent with being a “good neighbor” as one of the residents of the Parish House.

Work Week:

40 hours a week. Days off to be determined according to work requirements.
A minimum of 2 days off a week is expected.

Annual Leave:

4 weeks of vacation; 2 weeks of continuing education.
Not to exceed 6 Sundays of leave.
No leave shall be granted for a Sunday on which a Bach Vespers liturgy is scheduled, without prior approval.

Sick/Personal Leave:

Eight days per year, not to be carried over to the next year.


New Year’s Day, MLK Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Easter Monday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, and the Friday following Thanksgiving.

Salary Range:

Competitive with comparable positions in NYC.


Medical, dental, and long-term disability insurance, and retirement contributions.

Living Arrangements:

Will reside in the two-bedroom, 1.5-bath apartment on the 4th floor of 3 West 65th St. The congregation covers utility expenses. This is offered as part of job compensation.