Director of Music Ministry
Overview: The Director of Music (DoM) serves part-time and is supervised by the Rector, working closely with all other staff and the vestry. The DoM supports the mission of the parish by overseeing all aspects of the music program.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- As the principal musician of the church, the DoM will coordinate all music provided for worship services, special sacramental occasions, and parish events or concerts.
- The DoM will direct the choir(s) at the 8a, 10a & 5p regularly scheduled Sunday liturgies and will select appropriate organ and choral music for each service.
- The DoM will provide organ music to play for Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Evening Prayers in Advent and Lent, and other times as determined by the Rector.
- The DoM will hire substitute musicians for vacation or other services scheduled outside of the DoM’s work times or availability.
- The DoM will develop, direct, accompany, and provide leadership and ministry to all parish choirs and musical ensembles.
- The DoM will rehearse weekly (or as otherwise specified) with each of the choirs. The choirs modify practice schedules (or cease practice) during the summer months and resume practice in August.
- The DoM will provide music for funeral services held on the Church premises if the funeral is during the DoM’s workweek or if the DoM is otherwise available at the time of the funeral. If the DoM is not available, the DoM shall assist in the hiring of a substitute musician. The DoM will typically receive payment from the family for providing music at the funeral. The current funeral fee is $150.
- The DoM will provide music at all weddings requiring organ music held within the Church. If the DoM does not play based on the request of the wedding party, the DoM will receive the normal fee. The services of other organists may be used only with the permission of the DoM. The DoM may discuss receiving an agreed-upon fee from the family. If special music and/or rehearsal and performance with additional musicians is required, the DoM may work with the Rector to negotiate higher fees. If the DoM is not available to play at a wedding, he/she shall assist in the hiring of a substitute musician. The current fee for weddings is $200, including the rehearsal.
Miscellaneous Responsibilities related to the Music Program:
- Be responsible for the selection and purchase of all music and music supplies.
- Within budget limitations, be responsible for the hiring of instrumental and vocal soloists.
- Direct upkeep and maintenance of all parish instruments.
- Supervise the maintenance, storage, and cleaning of choir robes.
- Maintain the music library in an orderly fashion and maintain, within budget limitations, a suitable number of copies of musical pieces to enable the performance of those pieces by the choirs or ensembles.
- The DoM shall not engage in the unauthorized duplication of copyrighted materials by photocopying or any other means that would expose the Church or its affiliated organizations to liability for penalties under existing or future copyright laws.
- The DoM shall obtain, on behalf of the Church, all necessary permissions and authorizations before any reproductions of copyrighted materials.
- The DoM shall provide opportunities for the choir(s) to attend and/or participate in festivals or concerts with other choirs or music directors.
- Develop and manage the music budget, including instrument maintenance costs, choir expenses, musician compensations (paid vocalists, instrumentalists, or substitute musicians), and other music needs.
- Attend weekly staff meetings.
- Encourage the ongoing spiritual development and education of persons engaged in the music ministry.
- The DoM must abide by all church policies, including, but not limited to, those related to confidentiality, computer usage, personnel policies, facilities usage policies, finance policies, and Diocesan required policies for the protection of children and other employees.
- Regularly engage in opportunities for personal, spiritual, and professional development.
- Participate in the life of the staff by attending staff retreats and special events.
Personal Qualities Needed:
- Represent the church in a positive, friendly manner, always working to enable the many and varied ministries of our parishioners.
- Strong relational skills, service orientation, and positive personal chemistry; must be comfortable guiding the work of a wide range of people, including volunteers from the parish.
- Although St. Matthew’s is a religious organization, the DoM’s religious affiliation is immaterial; however, sensitivity to the identity and mission of St. Matthew’s is necessary for effectiveness in this role.
- Absolute dependability, the ability to communicate clearly, and honesty are required.
The responsibilities listed above are representative of the job, may change from time to time, and are not intended to be all-inclusive. Applicants must undergo a background check and comply with the Safeguarding God’s Children training upon employment.
Please submit a resume and cover letter electronically or on paper to:
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
℅ The Rev. Kelly Kirby, Rector
330 N. Hubbards Ln., Louisville, KY 40207
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