Minister of Music (New York, NY)

Date Posted: 
May 27, 2021
Organization Name: 
The Brick Presbyterian Church in the City of New York
Salary Range: 
125,000
Job Description: 

THE BRICK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK

Position: Minister of Music Effective: August 15, 2021

Reports to: Senior Pastor
Supervises: Director of Children’s Music Program Status; FLSA: Full-Time, Exempt

The Brick Presbyterian Church seeks an individual strongly rooted in the Christian Church who will inspire us to evolve and grow. The Minister of Music will feel called to use music to give voice to the people’s praise of the Triune God, expressing their joys, hopes, sorrows, and gratitudes.

Brick Church has long-cherished and continues to embrace a sacred music tradition strongly based upon the finest repertoire of classical sacred choral and organ music from the very earliest periods to the present.
 

Job Summary:

The Minister of Music creates and implements the theological and artistic vision for the ministry of music throughout the life of the Church; overseeing the managerial and operational elements to support the music ministry for the worship service, choirs, youth music program, and special music services.

Responsibilities Summary and Detail:

  1. Music for Worship Service
  2. Choir Director
  3. Organist
  4. Youth Music Program
  5. Special Music Programs

Music for Worship Services

  • Works with the Senior Pastor, staff, professional and volunteer choristers, and instrumentalists to provide music for Sunday, Wednesday, and other church services and programs. The 11:00 am Sunday Worship Service is a traditional and formal service. The Minister of Music is responsible for programming and delivering music for this service at the highest artistic standard consistent with Brick Church’s long-standing sacred music tradition
    • Provides for the care and maintenance of all church owned musical instruments
    • Working with the pastoral staff, selects music, and leads the congregation to participate in hymnody and grow in their understanding of music’s relationship to scripture and spirituality
    • Collaborates with the Session, Senior Pastor, and others to help shape and lead the music for additional worship services

Choir Director

  • Recruit, engage, prepare, develop, and lead the members of the chancel choir and volunteer choir in worship services and programs of special music
  • Maintain music library, choral vestments, and rehearsal space

Organist

  • Serve as the primary organist for the Brick Church for its services and programs
  • Select, train, and oversee the interns in the Wilson Family Sacred Music internship program (Typically, the Oberlin intern serves in the month of January and the Yale intern serves in the months of September through December and February through May)

Youth Music Program

  • Through oversight of the children’s music director, ensure that children experience developmentally appropriate sacred music through the choirs, Sunday School, and additional opportunities
  • Ensure youth choirs receive graduated training and perform regularly in worship
  • Accompany youth choirs on organ or piano when they sing in Church

Special Music Programs

  • Lead the chancel choir and instrumental groups in presenting programs of special music
    • Build and enhance the handbell program
    • Engage and direct the brass quintet and percussion ensembles for Christmas Eve, Easter, and other services

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master of Music
  • Understanding of the role music plays in Reformed Worship
  • Extensive and exceptional training in classical sacred choral repertoire and choral  conducting
  • Demonstrable experience at a recognized high level in training and managing professional and volunteer choirs
  • Accomplished organ recital soloist, service player, improviser, and collaborative artist
  • Choral and instrumental experience and expertise in conducting hymnody in the Reformed Tradition, preferably, “The Presbyterian Hymnal.”
  • 7+ years or the equivalent experience leading multi-level music programs of vocal and instrumental music
  • Excellent oral and written communications

Core Competencies:

  • Teaches and brings to life the Church’s vision for music and its relation to spiritual growth
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and respect for all cultures and creates an inclusive environment
  • Inspires the congregation to participate in the group singing of hymns
  • Develops regular and effective communication channels that engage church officers, members, and staff; actively listens and integrates input
  • Promotes the growth and reach of our music ministry, ensuring development of self, staff, and volunteers
  • Works closely with the other worship staff to forge a cohesive worship experience
  • Highly-organized and self-motivated
     

Application Components

Please send the following documents / information to our email address (MusicDirectorSearch@BrickChurch.org):

  • Cover letter to search committee
  • Current resume
  • Professional references
  • Digital Media – Samples of the following are required:
    • Choral Conducting; Worship Service; Organ Performance; Organ Prelude & Postlude