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Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Judson Memorial Church, established in 1892, is a self-governing, open and affirming congregation in New York City with approximately 300 congregants. Located in the heart of Greenwich Village on Washington Square South, Judson is aligned with the American Baptist Churches and the United Church of Christ and the Alliance of Baptists and draws parishioners of varied beliefs and from diverse religious backgrounds. With a proud history of promoting human rights, social justice, and the performing arts, Judson has tripled in size and program over the last eight years.

Judson revels in the widest possible range of musical styles and genres in its worship. For example, a single Sunday service can include a traditional hymn, a choral/solo arrangement of a current pop song, a Broadway standard or folk song sung by the congregation, a spiritual or gospel song sung by the choir, and a piano solo by Philip Glass or Dave Brubeck, all chosen to complement the scriptural/sermon theme of the day.

Judson now seeks a highly skilled and experienced Director of Music to support its continued growth and mission.

POSITION: Half-time Music Director

In consultation with the clergy, select hymns, responses, special music for all services
Accompany congregation singing on piano (Judson has no organ) and provide additional performed special music at all worship services.
Rehearse and conduct the volunteer choir and special music performers (soloists/groups)
Provide sacred and secular music for the annual weekend retreat, other church events, including weddings, funerals, special services/events, as scheduled
Oversee maintenance of church’s pianos
Plus: Opportunities to suggest/lead additional musical enhancements to the church’s programs and to participate in the church’s various arts programs, as mutually agreeable.

ACCOUNTABILITY TO: Senior Minister Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper

Required Skills and Experience:
Highly skilled piano accompaniment for congregation singing & solo/group performers
Highly skilled solo piano performance
Strong proficiency in rehearsing and conducting volunteer choir & other performers
Commitment and ability to work collaboratively with the clergy to select appropriate
music to help create a meaningful worship experience for a diverse congregation
Broad repertoire knowledge of, and ability to select, perform, and accompany
both religious and secular music of all periods and genres, including
classical / hymns / folk / spirituals / gospel / world music / jazz / show tunes / pop
Ability to introduce, teach and explain music new to the choir and congregation
Flexibility, ability to deal with last-minute requests; teamwork skills

Academic degree(s) in piano performance, choral conducting, &/or composition
Skills in arranging sung & instrumental music for performers’ skill level/voice range
Ability to improvise background music as needed, shift keys to fit voices, etc.
Ability to excite and motivate performers and congregation in music performance/participation
Knowledge of Christian and other religious traditions/practices;
(with or without specific academic/seminary background in these areas)
Knowledge of music history in many genres & ability to explain it for the occasion
Skill in composition of new music for congregation and/or performance
Knowledge of NYC area performers to call on for special music as needed

This is a half-time, salaried staff position, including
Sundays approximately 9 am -12:30 pm;
weekly weekday staff meeting and other meetings with clergy to plan services;
periodic weeknight services (Advent, Lent, sometimes others),
annual fall weekend retreat; other events (weddings, funerals etc.) as scheduled

Salary - appropriate to this part-time position
Health insurance provided
Paid time off as provided in the Judson Personnel Guidelines

EXPENSES COVERED (within budget established annually by Finance committee):
Purchase and copying of music
Hiring occasional outsider performers/service accompaniment
Professional conferences/education opportunities, as approved by Senior Minister

Annual evaluation by Senior Minister
Annual salary review by Personnel/Finance Committees, any changes approved by Board

Submissions should include:
• CV/resume/dossier with a one-page cover letter explaining why you might be the person we seek.
• List of references (three or more desired) with full title, contact information and explanation of their professional relationship to you.
• Links to your website and if possible, to on-line videos etc. of your work.
• Your salary requirements.
Selected candidates will be invited to send additional materials that illustrate their abilities and to interview with the Senior Minister and Search Committee.

Applications are now closed.

Send applications to (preferred) or to:
Co-Chairs, Music Search Committee
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Judson is an equal opportunity employer. It has not been Judson’s practice to hire Judson members for employed staff positions.


55 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012 | phone: 212-477-0351 | fax: 212-995-0844