Music Minister: Organist & Choir Director
ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS EPISCOPAL CHURCH ATLANTA, GA
St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church is currently seeking a joy-filled, Jesus-following, transparent, committed,
and curious Music Minister who is a skilled organist and experienced in leading choirs. This full-time salaried
position will be a challenging and rewarding opportunity to expand St. Martin’s repertoire of traditional Anglican
music to include all approved hymnals of the Episcopal Church, lead the church choir and paid singers, re-establish
a children’s and youth music ministry program, and bring creativity to the church’s music ministry.
Covid-19 has introduced challenges and opportunities that include digital and remote choir participation, occasional
instrumentalists, and outdoor worship. Even as the church begins to return to ‘normal,’ it is a ‘new normal,’ and
the Music Minister will be highly adaptive, creative, and flexible. This position reports directly to the Rector.
• Demonstrate love for God and for ministry: the Music Minister shares the belief that leading worship is an
invitation for others to encounter God.
• Offer spiritual leadership: build a community of faith among the choir, musicians, and wider church community.
• Partner with clergy: plan and lead the music for worship services, funerals, weddings, etc.
• Oversee musical projects and special events as needed, and collect feedback for major recurring
church events for future improvement.
• Grow and develop the music ministry: work to expand the choir and re-develop children and youth music
COMPETENCIES and REQUIREMENTS
• Highly Collaborative: demonstrates a willingness to collaborate with other ministers and ministries and to develop
partnerships musically beyond the church.
• Interpersonal Skills: relates well to all kinds of people by listening, learning, negotiating, and educating. Builds
effective relationships with music teams and leaders.
• Administrative Skills: A highly organized self-starter with the ability to prioritize requests, multi-task, manage
multiple responsibilities and projects, and direct lay people in the music ministry.
• Project Management: can manage projects and deadlines and assist in the planning and management of churchwide
• Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s degree; relevant experience playing the organ & piano and leading choirs;
familiarity with sound systems, recording technology, and ability to share music and video files digitally.
• Select, plan, learn and practice music and play, on the organ and piano, hymns, service music, anthems, preludes
and postludes for two to three Sunday services, weddings and funerals, and festive occasions and holy days:
Christmas Eve and Day, Ash Wednesday, Wednesdays in Lent, Holy Week, feast days, and other mutually agreed
• In consultation with the Rector and/or Associate Rector, select and submit in advance hymns, service music,
preludes, anthems, and postludes that correspond to the seasons of the
church year. Hymnals include, but are not limited to: Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice & Sing, Voices Found, and
Wonder, Love, and Praise.
• Lead the choir. Accompany and direct the adult choir at all weekly rehearsals, services, and concerts. Recruit,
teach, and support the choir members. Supervise, and, when needed, hire paid staff singers, manage their written
contracts and oversee their attendance for monthly payment.
• Develop a program for children and youth choirs. Rehearse, lead, and accompany the children and youth and
integrate this program into the children and youth ministries of the church.
• Maintain a library of music to provide for diversity and familiarity in the music ministry of the parish, and
introduce new hymns and service music to the congregation.
• Meet regularly with the Staff (weekly) and Worship Committee (monthly), and ensure clear avenues of
communication exist between other committees and choirs/instrumentalists.
• Write music articles for church publications — educational, informational, invitational — and for communication
in the church e-news.
• Prepare annual music budget for vestry approval and manage the same.
• Coordinate special concerts or musical events at the church on occasion.
• Support the development of the handbell choir as an integral and important part of the church’s music ministry.
• Take responsibility for the music department: oversee maintenance of the organ and pianos, handbells, and bells
in the bell tower, and relevant sound systems; oversee choir vestments’ storage and care.
• Secure, in one’s absence, a substitute organist. Secure soloists, instrumentalists, and special musicians within
budget for special occasions.
St Martin’s nave houses a late-model 3- Manual Renaissance Heritage organ by Allen and a full-upright Boston
piano, designed by Steinway & Sons. Our choir room houses a Yamaha Grand piano. Our parish hall has a
Steinway Grand. Also in house is a Casio keyboard, model CDP-230R. All instruments are maintained on a regular
This position includes work on Sundays, and, occasionally, on Saturdays; your days off will be mutually agreed upon with your
supervisor and should include one weekday and most Saturdays. This position is full-time and the salary is based on education, skill,
and years of experience. The salary range is $50,000-$80,000. The nature of the work is that hours will vary. As a full-time
employee, this position qualifies for Health Insurance Benefits paid for by the church. The position also qualifies for pension benefits
paid at 5% of the employee’s salary plus an optional church match of up to an additional 4%. The position grants two weeks vacation,
one week continuing education (and CE funds), holidays, and sick leave per the Employee Handbook. Weddings and funerals are part
of the duties of the position, but receive additional compensation ($200 per wedding or funeral).
To apply, please submit to the Rector, The Rev. Monica Mainwaring (email@example.com) by June 10, 2021:
• Cover letter
• Employee Application found on https://www.stmartins.org/open-positions
• Video and/or audio of your playing the organ, piano, and/or leading choir.
[Posted 26 MAY 2021]