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Music Director

Location: Oakland, California, USA
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Oakland, CA
Part-time Minister of Music Job Description
The Minister of Music is responsible for all musical components of St. John’s liturgy. He/she is expected to play the organ and/or piano at all regularly scheduled services; to recruit, rehearse and conduct volunteer adult and youth choirs in the performance of service music; to oversee the music performed at parish weddings, funerals or other special services; and fulfill other musical responsibilities as requested by the Rector. 
Position Detail:  Service Music. Working in close cooperation with the rector and other clergy of the parish, the Minister of Music is responsible for:
  • Selecting appropriate hymns, anthems and other music for Sunday services each week
  • Hiring professional musicians for Christmas, Easter, and other special services
  • Ensuring that service music is consistent with the theme of the scripture readings, the sermon and the overall tone of the services
Hours per week:  15-18 hours per week (varies seasonally)
Salary:  Commensurate with experience
Skills and Experience: 
  • Choral conducting experience required instrumental conducting experience preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff and volunteers
  • Proficiency in playing the piano and organ, including sight-reading
  • Understanding of sacred music and its use within liturgy and worship
  • Experience working with children’s preferred
  • Knowledge of Episcopal liturgy and worship preferred
  • Previous experience as a church music director preferred
St. John’s Episcopal Church is a warm and welcoming congregation – a multigenerational community that strives to serve Christ through invitation, inclusion, faith and action. We are a medium-sized church with a membership of about 250 families.  The church community has a strong commitment and participation in its music program.  We seek music leadership for two services:  a contemplative 7:45 AM service and a choral service for all generations at 10:00 AM.  If you would like to learn more about us, please check us out online at
Please submit a cover letter, resume, recent video recording of choral conducting, and an audio or video recording of organ and piano excerpts.  Electronic applications are invited with links to video / audio via e-mail at:
Candidate review is ongoing.
St. John’s Episcopal Church
The Reverend Scott Denman, Rector
1707 Gouldin Road
Oakland, CA 94611