Organist - Music Director (Pensacola, FL)

Date Posted: 
January 11, 2021
Organization Name: 
Christ Episcopal Church
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CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH was founded in 1828 by Charter from the Florida Territorial Legislature.  In 1903, the new church building seating 650 was built by a congregation totaling 150.  Christ Church is committed to the future as a parish and cultural center.

Ou Mission:  Christ Church exists to show everyone God loves them unconditionally.  See

Director of Music:

Job Information:

Location: Pensacola, FL

Position Title: Director of Music

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: $65,000 - $75,000


Education: Masters Degree in music, or equivalent is preferred

Experience: Five  years is preferred, subject to other qualifications, or experience in parish liturgical or music ministry.

Strong and extensive experience preparing and conductiing youth and volunteer adult choirs.  Ability to assess and demonstrate proper vocal and choral singing techniques pertaining to tone, blend, rhythm, intonation, breathing, diction  and style.

Exceptional proficiency on the organ is required. 

A strong background in the Anglican tradition is preferred.


The Director of Music is central to liturgical planning in the Parish, collaborating closely with the Rector, clergy and staff at regular times, such as staff meetings and planning meetings for special services.  The Director of Music will work with other staff members to provide education and resources about liturgy and liturgical music in needed situations.  (Religious Education, Adult Faith Formation, Evangelization and Outreach)


Principal church liturgist and organist, Artistic Director for the Christ Church Concert Series, possible Summer Music Festivals, or other outreach programs; weddings (fee to the organist)  and funerals.


Christ Church continues to treasure a history of musical and liturgical elegance, as well as outreach featuring national and international performers.  We have had for forty years, and seek for the future, an exceptional artist and liturgical manager.  We seek a person of great faith who has a passionate vision for our future music ministry.  That vision would include an expanded outreach to the community and beyond.  The Director of Music must not only excel at the organ, but have the confidence to lead an outstanding program.  We seek a candidate committed to attract young people to the music program, with a goal to expand the parish children's choir and developp a parish youth chorir program.  The position requires an accomplished choral direcotr who can find the congregation's voice.  We have one of the finest choirs in the region.


Two Sunday services.  One weekly adult and one children's choir practice.  Other special services such as Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Lessons and Carols, Evensong, Maundy Thursday and Passiontide.  Possible addition of a third weekly service and young adult choir.  One weekly staff meeting.


Collaborate with the school music teacher for growth and new relationships.  Participate in once a month chapel and special services.


The organ was built in 1975 by Gabriel Kney of London, Ontario.  The organ's key action is mechanical.  The stop action is solid-state.  The keyboard compass is 56 notes, and the pedal compass is 32 notes.  The SSL combination action, installed by Kney in 1996, has eight general and four divisionnal combinations on each of eight levels of memory: 43 stops/60 ranks.  Other church instruments include harpsichord, piano and timpani.  Information on the organ can be found at



Pension 4% of salary, plus mathching up to 9%

Full family plan health insurance.

Twenty-one days personal time off per year, including four Sundays.

Continuing education is valued at Christ Church and will be approved at the Rector's discretion.

Professional association memberships in American Guild of Organists and Association of Anglican Musicians.

50% discount on Episcopal Day School tuition for children.

Sabbatical - three months off after seven years.


To apply for this position or to make inquiries, submit your biographical information or inquiries to    Applications for this position will be accepted through Feb 28, 2021.  All submissions will be held in confidence.

January 8, 2021