Music Director and Coordinator

Central Baptist Church

Wayne, PA

Part-Time, 15 hours/week

Central Baptist Church is a progressive, welcoming and affirming congregation of 200 members, located in suburban Philadelphia. Believing in the radical inclusiveness of God, we come together from all walks of life as a faith community of various ages, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities. We are committed to the use of gender-inclusive language, engagement and partnership with many cultures and communities of faith, and the utilization of a wide range of musical, artistic and worship styles. An important part of our identity is in our long history of supporting a creative, high-quality music ministry that opens us to God and contributes to our vision of seeking to be a transforming presence for justice in the world.

We are seeking a part-time professional music coordinator, choir director, keyboard and organ player to work collaboratively with our pastoral partners and the many volunteers in our diverse music program. We have one weekly worship service with participation by many congregants. The Music Director and Coordinator is responsible for developing and leading an inclusive, cohesive music program that enhances both private and communal worship by reflecting the values of our social justice-oriented congregation.


  • Skilled pianist and organist (including the ability to play the piano from a lead sheet)
  • Experienced choir director
  • Ability to coordinate and/or lead a variety of quality vocal and music ensembles, including the contemporary band, nurturing all ensembles toward quality and participation in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect
  • Strong musical worship skills, including coordinating different musical ensembles in working together to create a coherent worship experience
  • Ability to actively engage the congregation during worship to enhance the participatory worship experience

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide piano and organ accompaniment and lead music for the weekly Sunday morning worship service, Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, and up to three other annual special events per year
  • Coordinate CBC’s various music ensembles (e.g., choir, band, a cappella group, recorder consort, small ensembles, soloists, etc.) to create a cohesive music program that supports the values of the congregation and enhances the worship experience
  • Select and lead music from a wide variety of sources, styles, and genres (including traditional, contemporary, sacred, secular, and other types of music), with sensitivity to the needs of the congregation
  • Organize, schedule and lead weekly 90-minute choir rehearsals and additional 20-minute rehearsals prior to Sunday service, distributing music ahead of scheduled rehearsals
  • Organize, schedule and lead weekly 30-45-minute band rehearsals prior to Sunday service, as well as quarterly 90-minute Sunday evening rehearsals, distributing music ahead of scheduled rehearsals
  • Organize volunteers in the music program and appropriately delegate music responsibilities to skilled musicians and leaders within the congregation
  • Collaborate with pastors on selection of service music and hymns for weekly worship service and for special services (e.g., Christmas Eve, Easter, Ash Wednesday, and Maundy Thursday)
    • Attend and participate in periodic church staff meetings
    • Attend and participate in CBC Board of Worship meetings as needed
  • Select anthems and other music for the choir and band
  • Build CBC’s repertoire of music consistent with our theological values of peace, justice, and environmental sustainability
  • Elicit congregational participation in CBC music as a spiritual practice, including teaching new music to the congregation and encouraging the ongoing formation of small ensembles
  • Organize guest musicians for special services (such as Advent IV and Easter Sunday)
  • Arrange substitute musicians for any worship services for which s/he will not be present
  • Coordinate maintenance and tuning of church’s pianos and organ

Role Expectations

  • Recognizes the role of music in spiritual formation and appreciates the spiritual dimensions of creating music for worship
  • Provides leadership for worship services in a way that enhances the movement of worship, including assisting with transitions during different elements of service
  • Demonstrates passion for nurturing the musical gifts of others and fostering a spirit of inclusion (e.g., embraces working with other instrumentalists, focuses on drawing the best from vocalists of all ages and levels, and fosters congregational singing)
  • Brings a collaborative, flexible spirit and relational approach to engaging with pastors and volunteers in planning, rehearsing, and sharing music for worship
  • Contributes to positive and effective staff team dynamic and fosters collegiality
  • Consistently completes duties and responsibilities in a timely way
  • Effectively problem-solves and completes other assignments within the scope of this role

Hours and Compensation
Competitive salary. The responsibilities of the Music Director and Coordinator are based on an average 15 hours/week. Opportunities to play for weddings and funerals for additional, negotiable fee.

The Music Director and Coordinator is entitled to four weeks of paid vacation each calendar year, including four Sundays, to be arranged in consultation with the pastors.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified applicants please submit résumé along with three references to:

Central Baptist Church
Attn: Music Director and Coordinator Search Committee
P.O. Box 309
Wayne, PA 19087

Or email materials to Emily Browning at cbcmusicsearchcommittee@gmail.com
Subject line: Music Director and Coordinator

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