Director of Music

Fourth Presbyterian Church
Bethesda, MD
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Fourth Presbyterian Church is seeking a Director of Music Ministry. This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits. Fourth Church is a congregation of 1,500 members and has a rich heritage having been founded in 1828.


Fourth has enjoyed a music ministry of the highest standards for many years and seeks to find a candidate who can continue its rich musical heritage and advance its music ministry to the next level. Our worship is warmly traditional and winsomely diverse in genre and style. We believe this to be an artistically satisfying and spiritually enriching opportunity. We are looking for a committed Christian whose passion is to lead our church in reverent worship and whose gifts will flourish amongst a congregation who loves to sing and who appreciates beautiful music.


Purpose of Position

To cultivate and develop Christ-centered worship through music at Fourth Presbyterian Church.  The position has overall responsibility for the leadership, organization, and administration of the entire scope of Fourth’s Music Ministry. This position will work with paid and volunteer staff to serve God, Fourth and its members in worshiping the Lord through music and song.


Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Support the Senior Pastor in planning all corporate worship services
  2. Develop, lead, and oversee all music ministries and musicians
  3. Supervise departmental staff, paid and volunteer


Specific Duties:

  1. Provide music at all worship services as required
  2. Participate in worship planning and leadership
  3. Conduct choir(s), including Sunday mornings and rehearsals and other services as required (Holy Week services, special Christmas services)
  4. Oversee the maintenance and development of the entire scope of the Music Ministry including: adult Sanctuary Choir, Children’s choirs, Chapel choir, Handbell choirs, Fourth’s Orchestra
  5. Develop and maintain an intentional approach to choir recruitment
  6. Assist the Personnel, Worship, and Music Committees in the selection of Music Staff
  7. Provide opportunities for congregation members to identify their gifts in music and to encourage those persons to become involved in the church music ministry
  8. Encourage the spiritual growth of participants in music ministry
  9. Coordinate music ministry plans with other church departments
  10. Prepare yearly music ministry calendar, including choosing hymns, anthems, and offertories
  11. Develop an annual written report of the music ministry with the Worship and Music Committees
  12. Oversee inventory of all music ministry resources and property including:
  1. Musical instruments
  2. Music library
  3. Equipment
  4. Choir robes
  5. Other property or resources provided to the music ministry
  1. Provide an annual budget for the music ministry in coordination with the Worship Committee and the Senior Pastor
  2. Provide for substitutes during staff absences
  3. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Senior Pastor



  1. Possess a sincere personal faith in Jesus Christ and embrace the Reformed faith
  2. Proven leadership in Church Music Ministry
  3. Proven team-builder; works well with others; ability to lead and follow
  4. Strong organizational skills
  5. Willing to work with volunteers
  6. Skilled in choral conducting and rehearsing, and competent in instrumental conducting
  7. Proficient in composing and arranging
  8. Skilled in one or more keyboard instruments
  9. Possess good grasp of hymnody, choral music, with a broad and diverse repertoire
  10. Master's Degree; Doctorate preferred
  11. Proficiency in either Finale, Sibelius, or Dorico



Accountable to the Senior Pastor

Compensation and Benefits: 

Full-time position with competitive salary and benefits

Application Procedure: 

Interested candidates please send the following to 

or mail to

Director of Music Search

5500 River Road

Bethesda, MD 20816


  • Resume
  • Statement of faith
  • A variety of service/performance samples (video preferred)


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