Director of Chapel Music

Duke University Chapel
Durham, NC
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 31, 2021

Occupational Summary

  • The Director of Chapel Music provides artistic and administrative leadership for all aspects of the Chapel Music Program. The Director reports to the Dean of Duke Chapel working alongside two other senior- level colleagues: the Assistant Dean and the Director of Development and Strategy.
  • The Director of Chapel Music supervises a team of staff members, including: the Chapel Organist and two Chapel Organ Scholars, the Associate Conductor, and administrative support staff.
  • The Director also collaborates with the University Organist, the University Carillonneur, and the Curator of Organs and Harpsichords.
  • The Director is responsible for fostering a lively musical program of volunteer and staff singers and instrumentalists, engaging students in every aspect of the department's work, and representing the mission and ministry of Duke University Chapel to local, national, and international constituencies.


Work Performed

  • An essential member of the Music and Ministry team, the Director of Chapel Music works closely with the Dean, the Assistant Dean, the Pastor to the Congregation at Duke Chapel, and the Chapel Organist, in planning worship service music (introits, hymns, anthems, organ, instrumental) to complement the scripture, liturgy, and preaching as appropriate for the day.
  • The Director of Chapel Music directs the Duke Chapel Choir (the primary choir, consisting of approximately 90 voices, supporting weekly Sunday morning worship services during the academic year) and the Schola Cantorum (a subset of the Chapel Choir created for those who would like to sing early music in a smaller ensemble).
  • The Director is responsible for all aspects of the annual performances of Handel's Messiah in early December and a major oratorio in the Spring.
  • The Director oversees the work of the Associate Conductor, Chapel Organist, and Organ Scholars to ensure the excellence of the Vespers, Evensong, and Organ Scholars programs. While coordinating all guest choirs and performances in the Chapel, the Director may also envision and assemble new groups, ensuring the flourishing and cohesiveness of the entire program.
  • The Director of Chapel Music works with artists and musical colleagues across Duke University, bridging "eruditio et religio" in thoughtful and effective ways.
  • The Director of Chapel Music may serve in teaching roles beyond Duke Chapel, specifically within the Divinity School and the Department of Music.
  • The Director of Chapel Music should capitalize on the opportunities and obligations for effective collaboration with colleagues in the arts across Duke, Durham, and the region, which will be many. Opportunities for national and international touring and new creative projects are also encouraged.
  • The Director of Chapel Music works in concert with the Director of Development and Strategy to identify, cultivate, and steward donors to the Chapel Music program.
  • Other duties and special projects may be assigned by the Dean as needed.
  • The Director must be innovative and collaborative, skilled in the management of people and resources, kind, reasonable, energetic, and demanding as well as understanding.
  • The Director must be able to work with the wide range of Chapel constituents, which include people from students to senior adults in the choirs, the members of the Congregation of Duke Chapel and visitors, the larger Duke University campus, and the vibrant, ever-growing arts communities of this region.
  • The Director must have the capacity to recruit, mentor, and manage a talented and dedicated music staff team, organize and conduct Chapel Choir and other ensemble rehearsals as needed, travel for performances (including international), participate in occasional fundraising, provide oversight of music budget, and direct the ongoing development of the Chapel Music, broadening the program to include new perspectives and opportunities while respecting time-honored traditions at Duke.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
  • Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.
  • Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.



  • Bachelor and master's degree required; Doctorate strongly preferred.



  • Requires seven years of relevant experience.


To learn more about this position, please click here to visit the Duke Chapel website.

Application Procedure: 

Please click here to apply via the Duke HR website. There is no application deadline; the position will be held open until filled.

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