We’re Hiring!

We’re looking for a talented and dynamic musician!

To apply, please email your resume and three references to apply@stlukesunited.ca

Please note all applicants interviewed will be asked to come prepared to preform as well as sight read.

Interviews will begin Feb 1, 2019 and continue until a suitable candidate has been found.


Job Title

Music Director

Reports to

Direction for the day to day operations falls under the Congregational Ministry Team (Worship Ministry);
accountability is to St. Luke’s Council, through the Ministry and Personnel Committee.

Job Purpose                                                                                    

The Music Director provides the leadership for the ministry of music at St Luke’s United Church.

The Music Director is a valuable member of the staff team, working collaboratively with ministry and non-ministry personnel, the facilitators of various ministries, volunteers and the congregation as a whole.

Responsibilities and Duties                                                                                         

  • Organizes the musical aspects of all worship services, including regular Sunday worship and special services.

  • Plays the piano/organ at services on Sunday mornings and special religious services on Christmas Eve (two services) and Easter (one service). Directs special music at the Children’s and Family Christmas services.

  • In consultation with the Minister, selects suitable music for church services and provides leadership for congregational singing of hymns. The Music Director will be in charge of the Choir anthem selection for Sunday services.

  • Teaches, rehearses and leads the choir during regular and special worship services.

  • Conducts choir rehearsals once per week for approximately two hours, during the months of September to June.

  • Builds and maintains the music library at St. Luke’s United Church. Researches, selects and orders music for the choir, subject to budget guidelines. Consults with St Luke’s Worship Committee to develop a process to facilitate the purchase of music and supplies. Support for maintaining the music library and a data base will be provided by volunteers and the Administrative Assistant.

  • Provides the Treasurer with invoices for music and supplies purchased.

  • Engages paid or unpaid vocal or instrumental musicians on an occasional or continuing basis, subject to budgetary limitations.

  • Provides recommendations regarding appropriate remuneration for musicians.

  • Plays at weddings and funerals at St. Luke’s if available, and provided that the Music Director is paid by the family an additional fee for such services.  Such fees will be paid as per Church Policies and Professional Schedules.

  • In as far as possible, maintains a list of substitute pianists.

  • Performs the duties as outlined in the St Luke’s piano policy. Advises the appropriate St. Luke’s representative re: need/timing for regular maintenance or details of specific concerns/issues re: the piano. The appropriate representative will arrange for the service call in consultation with the Music Director.

  • Attends Staff/Worship Committee meetings.

  • Reports music information to the office administrator for licensing purposes.  This will occur weekly or by mutual agreement with the office administrator

  • Submits information to Council for the St Luke’s Annual Report.

  • Extra concerts for fundraisers are on a volunteer basis and at the discretion of the Music Director.

  • Any other duties related to the ministry of music that may be required from time to time.  These additional duties shall be agreed upon in writing.

Qualifications (Education, Skills, Qualities, Attitudes)     

  • Bachelor of Music or equivalent.

  • Musicianship skills at a professional level, as a pianist and conductor of choral music.

  • Experience as a pianist and choir director in a Christian church is an asset.

  • Familiar with hymns, anthems and musical resources that are theologically appropriate for Christian worship.

  • Ability and willingness to collaborate with ministry personnel in planning worship, including special services, weddings, and funerals.

  • Understands that music is an integral aspect of ministry and is able to be sensitive to the needs of choir members and congregation.

  • Is an experienced, confident, enthusiastic, inspiring, empathetic and affirming choir director, with a good sense of humor, who encourages membership and participation from the congregation.

  • Is able to choose a repertoire that is consistent with the musical capabilities of choir members, while motivating and challenging the choir(s) to perform to the best of their abilities and grow in confidence and musicianship.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

  • Is organized, flexible and able to adaptable if “last minute” changes to planned worship services must be made

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. Collaborates well with musicians and non-musicians, both on an individual basis and as a team.

Working Conditions/Hours/ Probationary Period                                                    

Employer is to cover the cost of necessary supplies including music scores, to build a music library.

It is not the responsibility of the Music Director to find a replacement for any approved leave, however it is greatly appreciated if she/he is able to assist by providing a list of possible replacements.

This is a permanent part-time position. Annual salary is based on an average work week of eight hours. There is a 6 month probationary period.

Physical requirements       

Expected to be able to perform the tasks and duties required of the position with accommodations as required.


The salary scale is based on the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) table of remuneration.

Direct reports

The day-to-day operations/direction falls under the Worship Ministry; accountable to the Council of St. Luke’s United Church through the Ministry and Personnel Committee (M&P).

 Additional Notes

Performance review will occur annually once the probationary period is completed. A salary review will be undertaken annually.

Approved by: January 21 2019 Council Meeting.