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 Reports to:  Pastor/Head of Staff                              Effective: Starting Sunday, September 13

Relates to:  Volunteer Music Coordinator, Office Administrator; Bookkeeper; Worship Committee; Chancel Choir; congregation

Status:   Temporary Independent Contract:
Salary: commensurate with skills and experience (not to exceed $15,000)
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Job Summary 

First United Presbyterian Church, Troy, NY, seeks both a choir director and organist (preferably the same person) to coordinate the musical leadership of the FUPC Chancel Choir for 15 Sundays, plus Christmas Eve in worship. These Sundays include:

  • September 13, 20, and 27
  • Advent, plus Christmas Eve (November 29; December 6, 13, 20, and Evening of Dec 24)
  • Easter – Pentecost (March 27; April 3, 10, 17, and 24; May 1, 8, and 15)


  • Music selection for Prelude, Anthem, Offertory, and Postlude on these 15 Sundays, plus Christmas Eve. A music library selection of ‘100 Top Anthems’ is available for easy selection.
  • Coordinate all music activities with the pastor to provide cohesive worship.
  • Lead weekly rehearsal and provide accompaniment for the Chancel Choir in advance of these 15 Sundays and Christmas Eve.
  • Provide Office Administrator with information for upcoming service music selections on these 15 Sundays.
  • Assign soloists when appropriate for music selections.
  • Practice and preparation of music and hymns in preparation of Sunday worship services.
  • Accompany all music during worship (hymns, responses, doxology, etc.)
  • Recommend any ongoing or emergency maintenance for the organ.

 Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Ability to work with a volunteer choral group, pastors, staff, volunteer church musicians; ability to interact with members of the congregation as a spokesperson for church music.
  • Ability to play the pipe organ and piano in a church setting.
  • Knowledge of pipe organ repertoire, especially for use with a church service; knowledge of liturgical music; knowledge of sacred choral repertoire; knowledge of church liturgy and the place of music in it.
  • A combination of training and experience to evidence above requirements.

 Benefits in accordance with Temporary Independent Contractor employment as expressed in Personnel Policies.