St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukie Seeks Part-time Music Director

St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukie Seeks Part-time Music Director

St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church
Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

Job Description: Music Director


The music director is a quarter time position (10 hours per week) and is responsible for the music program at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. The music director reports to the rector and is a part of the team of staff members at St. John’s.  The responsibilities and duties of this position are listed below and may be reviewed and updated annually.

The Ideal Music Director is

  1. Extremely knowledgeable of Episcopal Church music and liturgy, and the willing to work with rector to learn more.
  2. An organist knowledgeable of organ repertoire to play Preludes and Postludes.  Formal training in organ performance is necessary. If no academic training in organ performance, part of the interview process is the performance of one selection for the search committee.
  3. Willing to explore new hymnals and styles/genres of music in a worship setting.  Will teach the choir anthems that are application to their level of technique and abilities.
  4. Able to teach choral techniques 
  5. Available for Holy Week
  6. Able to chant Psalms
  7. Familiar with contemporary and gospel music styles and repertoire and incorporating in worship. Willingness to explore other hymnals and forms of music and instrumentation. Can play and teach this type of music. 
  8. Willing to coordinate an annual choir workshop/retreat

The Ideal Music Director Candidate will

  1. Submit 3 church references and resume. Ideal candidate will have at least two past church positions
  2. Some classical training; Bachelor in Music, Music Education, Choral, Organ, or music performance preferred 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. In collaboration with the Rector, seek to nurture joy, reverence and participation in music using a variety of styles (traditional and non-traditional)
  2. Direct and provide the music at the principal Sunday worship service and for special services during the Church Year including but not limited to Maundy Thursday, the Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday (both services), Advent, and Christmas Eve
  3. Plan and choose, in consultation with the Rector, liturgically appropriate music for each service (preludes, hymns, anthems, etc.)
  4. Conduct weekly evening and Sunday morning choir rehearsals (September – June)
  5. Meet/communicate regularly with the Rector for seasonal worship planning
  6. Attend monthly staff meetings
  7. Purchase music for the choir within the allocated budget
  8. Oversee and recruit volunteer members of the choir and paid singers
  9. Communicate weekly musical selections to the church office at least 2 weeks in advance of a service
  10. Provide periodic communications about the music program for the Parish Newsletter, E-News, Website, and Announcements
  11. Subject to availability, provide music for parish weddings and funerals (paid separately)
  12. Hire and rehearse soloists and musicians for special services (within the allocated budget)
  13. Make out check requests for paid singers and guest soloists and musicians
  14. Manage the music budget and provide annual budget requests
  15. Schedule piano and organ maintenance and tuning
  16. Oversee copyright and licenses annually
  17. Arrange for a substitute organists/pianist in the event of vacation and illness, etc.
  18. Maintain the music library and choir notebooks

Hours, Compensation, and Benefits

Hours: Quarter time- approximately 10 hours per week
Annual Stipend: To be determined
Benefits: 4 weeks’ vacation (at least 2 in summer) and 1 sick day/Sunday annually, compensatory time as arranged with Rector.

Interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to