Music Job Description

Parish Music Director/Adult Choir Director


About St. John’s

St. John’s Episcopal Church serves Christ in the greater Naperville, Illinois community, a western suburb of Chicago.  We are a parish of people with a strong spirit, numerous ministry programs and a great facility located in the center of Naperville.  We have a membership of 250 families with an average Sunday attendance of 200.  We have two Sunday worship services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Music at St. John’s is designed to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in song and melody.  It is an important part of our worship experience.  Our goal is to have our worship services express a musical blend of traditional Anglican music while embracing the richness and best of contemporary music.

Whether we are playing instruments or singing hymns, anthems or contemporary praise music, the spirit is strong and reaches people in many ways.

Position Title:  Parish Music Director/Adult Choirs Director

Type of Position:  44 weeks (First week in August – Third week June)

Hours:  Part-time 20 hours per week:

   Leading worship, music administration, planning, preparation, & rehearsals

Position:  This staff person will oversee and provide leadership and vision for St. John’s Music Program.  Specifically, to design, lead and oversee music for liturgy; coordinate all parish music and move the music program at St. John’s in the direction designated by the rector.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Exercise discretion, confidentiality, generosity and professionalism
  • Arrive punctually for rehearsals, worship services, meetings and conferences
  • Complete all tasks promptly and accurately, ensuring deadlines are met
  • Knowledge, experience and respect for Christian church culture is a requirement
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and other meetings as requested
  • Assist with some general maintenance duties in the Choir room and choir/music area of the nave
  • Knowledge and experience with music, Microsoft Office products, ACS People Suite, Constant Contact, other databases and technology platforms is desired


  • Knowledge of liturgical procedures or willingness to learn; experience with Episcopal tradition, Book of Common Prayer, 1982 Hymnal and other resources used in the church ministry
  • Able to lift or carry paper, supplies, equipment and small-medium sized items
  • Must have an attitude of genuine caring for the choir, congregation, staff and musical guests
  • Able to maintain a professional demeanor, a positive attitude and poise under pressure
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn new tasks and functions
  • Personal dress and appearance appropriate to the business and ministry of the Church
  • Use discretion and confidentiality concerning information of church life and ministry shared in the normal flow of staff relations

Music Administration and Leadership

  • Plans, rehearses and conducts adult choirs from the Sunday before Labor Day to

Parish Picnic (Second Sunday of June)

  • Works with the Music and Liturgy Team to select service music, hymn, anthems, contemporary music and other music appropriate to the church’s liturgical calendar
  • Submits musical selections, bulletin notes and other necessary information to the parish secretary for publication in service bulletin in a timely manner.
  • Provides musical leadership for special parish events such as parish picnic, funerals and memorial services
  • Provides musical leadership and direction for special worship services such as Christmas Eve/Day, Lessons and Carols, Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost
  • Is able to work respectfully, creatively and collaboratively with a volunteer church choir
  • Works with Children’s Choir director to integrate the children into worship
  • Submits and maintains a music program budget and oversees budgeted funds and dedicated funds for the music program
  • Submits to the Rector an annual report of the Adult Music Program’s ministry and activities
  • Directs the Intergenerational Chime Choir and integrates them into worship
  • Recruits, trains, supervises, schedules and recognizes volunteers who serve as musicians and support persons
  • Maintains choir rosters and assumes responsibility for music correspondence
  • Recruits and works with a volunteer from the choir who takes and maintains photos of the choir for use in promotions, advertising and various technology publications
  • Hires musicians as needed for choir anthems and special occasions when parish resources are available, and as budget allows
  • Prepares summer music schedule, using available choral and instrumental resources of the parish
  • Attends staff meetings and other committee meetings as needed
  • Selects and purchases music for the St. John’s library as needed within budgetary guidelines and oversees the maintenance of resources
  • Maintains choir music files and appoints and supervises the choir volunteer librarian to help with this task.
  • Promotes parish awareness and appreciation of music through service bulletin, E-news and website and other media platforms
  • Provides leadership for St. John’s choral groups and musicians when involved with deanery, diocesan and community activities

Educational and Professional Skill Requirements:

  • Knowledge of and experience with Episcopal or liturgical worship tradition
  • Respects, cooperates with and is willing to work effectively with the music staff and can provide effective leadership and direction
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Episcopal 1982 Hymnal, Wonder, Love and Praise, Lift Every Voice and Sing and other supplemental music resources
  • 2-5 years of experience in directing a choir in a church setting
  • Familiarity with and appreciation for a variety of worship expressions/styles including traditional, contemporary, Taize, etc.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use a broad range of musical resources including:  classical/traditional, spiritual/gospel, contemporary, and jazz
  • Excellent technical skills including choir direction (vocal and chimes), directing instrumentalists, organ or piano
  • Experience with planning repertoire and conducting a chime choir
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal and team building skills in working with staff, adults, children and youth

Reporting Relationships: The person holding this position will report directly to the Rector and will work closely with the Rector, the Organist, Director of Children’s Music and the members of the Adult Choirs, in bringing the highest quality of music possible to the worship services of St John’s.

 Salary and Benefits: St. John’s is prepared to pay competitive salary for this position, which is anticipated to require a time commitment of 20 hours per week for 44 weeks.  The benefits include 2 weeks’ vacation (1 week after Christmas and 1 week after Easter) and $250.00 a year toward professional music education. Details are negotiable, with the objective of obtaining the right person for this important role in the worship function of the Church.

Additional Information

  • Participate in the Diocese of Chicago Abuse Prevention Program (Keeping God’s People Safe)
  • Background Check will be required

Contact Information:

If you wish to apply for the position, please email the Rev. Verna Maria Fair, at

Please include a resume, cover letter and 3 references.                 

Application Deadline:  April 28, 2017 or until position is filled