Part-Time Music Director Position Available

Holy Trinity South River is seeking to hire a part-time music director. For more information or to apply, please contact the Very Rev. Gregory Bezilla and 732.254.1734

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church South River, New Jersey

Our great purpose is to live and love like Jesus and help others to do the same 

Music Director Position Description and Duties

The Music Director is responsible for leading the sacred music program. The Music Director reports directly to the Rector and works collaboratively with the Rector in the selection of sacred music for all services. The Music Director is employed part-time for approximately 8–12 hours per week.

Liturgical Responsibilities:

  1. Performs and directs sacred music (including hymns, anthems, preludes and postludes) at the principal Sunday services, as well as the following special services: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, Ascension Day, and All Saints’
  2. In collaboration with the Rector, selects sacred music appropriate to worship themes, days and seasons. Encourages a worshipful, positive feeling and movement in the worship through the selection of music appropriate to worship in a liturgical setting. Selections are made from the authorized hymnals of the Episcopal Church (including the Hymnal 1982; Lift Every Voice and Sing II; Wonder, Love, and Praise) and other sources of sacred music in the Christian tradition (for example,Taizé).
  3. In collaboration with the Rector, selects and performs appropriate music for weddings, funerals, and other special events.
  4. Supports and coordinates with leaders of ministries with children and youth to plan and develop programs and special sacred music offerings.
  5. Encourages congregational participation through competent, well-prepared leadership and through educational programs.
  6. Prepares all musicians prior to Schedules and conducts all rehearsals of choristers and instrumentalists.
  7. Recommends and schedules services of competent substitute musicians when unable to lead a service or

Responsibilities for Development of Musical Gifts and Talents:

  1. Encourages individual and parishioners to actively participate in worship and use their music gifts and talents.
  2. Develops the musical skills of the choir through rehearsals, coaching and

Administrative Responsibilities:

  1. Serves as a member of the Worship and Liturgy
  2. Develops and administers the music budget. Reviews, selects and purchases appropriate sacred music for worship. Selects appropriate hymns and anthems according to the themes of the Church Year and the lectionaries of the
  3. Meets regularly with the Rector to plan worship and
  4. Develops and promotes a variety of additional sacred music offerings (for example, evensong).
  5. Writes for the parish newsletter The Trumpet and other
  6. Supervises the selection, purchase and maintenance of music instruments. Reviews and approves requests by other musicians to use the organ and piano. Collaborates in the purchase and maintenance of choir vestments. Supervises the preparation of rehearsal areas and instruments as needed.

Professional Responsibilities

Strives for continuing professional development through membership in professional organizations (for example, the American Guild of Organists), periodicals, books, recordings, attendance of performances, workshops and conferences.


  1. Education: BA or minimum 5 years experience in a liturgical setting
  2. Proficient in organ and piano performance and
  3. A strong working knowledge of Christian traditions of sacred music and
  4. Experience and skill in directing and rehearsing choirs and soloists
  5. Ability to work effectively with children, youth and
  6. Sensitivity to and appreciation of the capabilities, needs and interests of the worshipping
  7. Strong writing, communication and organizational skills
  8.  Hablar español es un plus!