Position Vacancy: Director of Music

Job Description: Director of Music

The Episcopal Church of Saint Clement

Alexandria, VA


(accepting applications through May 17, 2019)

The Church of Saint Clement seeks a Director of Music to help us develop a robust music program for the parish - providing inspiring music for worship on Sunday mornings and leading and directing a volunteer choir.  The Church of Saint Clement is a vibrant and growing parish of about 65 households in a section of Alexandria, Virginia between Fairlington (Arlington) and Park Fairfax – just off 395 near Shirlington. We enjoy singing together, quality music and reverent and engaging liturgy.   Our choir of about 4-6 singers is a talented, collaborative and friendly group. We look forward to welcoming a leader who will help us attract and develop new singers.  Our rector understands the important role a Director of Music plays in the entire life of the congregation and seeks a true partner in ministry.


Responsibilities of the position include:

  • coordinating with the Rector to plan liturgy and music for Sunday morning and seasonal services (including weekly meetings with the Rector)

  • leading the music at the 10:00 am Service of Holy Eucharist (with organ and piano)

  • organizing, supporting and inspiring a volunteer choir

  • clearly communicating expectations (re timeliness and participation) to the choir and setting a tone of collegiality and mutual responsibility

  • directing weekly choir rehearsals

  • identifying and overseeing soloists and instrumentalists for seasonal and special services

  • organizing and maintaining music library; ordering all necessary music and other program supplies (budget provided)

  • ensuring church instruments are properly maintained

  • providing music for weddings and funerals (when necessary - extra compensation provided)

  • Desired qualities include:

  • excellent musicianship on organ and piano

  • excellent choral conducting skills

  • ability to work with and encourage all levels of musicians but mostly amateurs (and occasionally children)

  • a desire to teach the congregation and empower each person to discover his/her voice

  • familiarity with the Episcopal tradition and liturgy

  • effective planning, time management and organizational skills

  • flexibility and good judgment

  • able to work independently, take initiative, and complete tasks with minimal supervision

  • strong interpersonal skills

  • personable, friendly, and interested in the community life of the congregation


  • the Director of Music will be excused with pay, for a total of four Sundays during the year

  • a reasonable allowance will be made for absences due to sickness or bereavement (up to two Sundays a year)

  • space will be provided if the Director of Music would like to teach piano/voice/organ to community members

  • the Rector will refer the Director of Music to individuals/families needing a pianist for weddings, funerals, memorial services etc.


This is a quarter-time position (with room for growth); compensation will be negotiated according to experience. Position description available for download here. Please send cover letter, résumé, and contact info for two references to the Rev. Robin Razzino, Rector of The Church of Saint Clement, revrobinrazzino@gmail.com.

Worship Times

Sunday 8 am & 10 am

Wednesday 12 pm with healing

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