Director of Music Ministries and Organist

Third Presbyterian Church (Rochester, NY) seeks a full-time Director of Music Ministries and Organist to begin July 2024. The successful candidate will provide direction and supervision for Third Church’s music and arts ministries, with specific responsibility for the adult and youth choirs; serve as primary organist for the church; and assist in the worship and special event planning for this congregation. The Director will work in collaboration with clergy and oversee other music staff and numerous volunteers.

Third Presbyterian Church is an open and affirming faith community, a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a More Light Church, a Matthew 25 congregation, and a voice of progressive leadership on today’s religious, social, and moral issues. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Passionately committed to the social gospel of Jesus Christ, we build community by helping each other and helping the world.

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience leading a large traditional church music program (with multiple choirs, bells, intergenerational musical events, concerts for the community);
  • Experience planning anthems and other service music appropriate to the liturgical season, in collaboration with clergy, usually following the Revised Common Lectionary;
  • Excellent service playing (prelude/postlude, hymns, responses, anthems, improvisation) and demonstrated success in recital performance;
  • Strong choral and instrumental conducting background, including rehearsing and conducting a volunteer choir of approximately 40 voices (with paid soloists/section leaders) in weekly anthems, major works (twice per year), and additional special events throughout the year with orchestra or other instrumental ensembles;
  • Good organizational, collaborative, and interpersonal skills, with a strong track-record recruiting and organizing volunteers;
  • Significant administrative experience, including technological and budgetary oversight, hiring part-time musicians, and serving on committees;
  • Success working with children and youth (experience with pageants and musicals a plus);
  • Ability to oversee/advise on organ upkeep and maintenance (1952 Austin Organ with 4 manuals, 79 ranks in the Sanctuary; 1954 Aeolian-Skinner Organ with 2 manuals, 16 ranks in the Chapel);
  • Commitment to a traditional worship style of hymns and anthems, but also with skills relevant to diversifying the styles of music represented in worship.

Salary minimum of $60,000 (plus full benefit package); commensurate with experience.

Review of applications begins January 15, 2024. To receive full consideration, please submit:

  • a pdf containing your letter of application and CV/resume to [email protected],
  • URL links to videos of you conducting two contrasting anthems for SATB choir,
  • samples of your organ playing (two pieces, suitable for a prelude and postlude), plus two hymns (one on organ and one on piano), and a short improvisation that leads from one of the hymns to the Doxology (Old Hundredth).
  • In addition, please request three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent (separately by the writers) to [email protected] with your name in the subject header.