• City: New York
  • Part Time
  • NY
  • Jul 31, 2018
  • Church body: ELCA
Hours per week: 10-20
Month position available: June
Job Compensation: Salary in accordance with the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians standards and experience
Contact Name: Matthew D. O'Rear

Website The Lutheran Church of Gustavus Adolphus

Seeking a Minister of Music in New York City.

“Your love, O Lord, forever will I sing; from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.” (Psalm 89:1)

The Lutheran Church of Gustavus Adolphus is a diverse and thriving urban congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in the heart of New York City.  We are seeking a part-time Minister of Music who will lead and support the vibrant worship life of our congregation.

Music is a vital part of our ministry and our worship experience at Gustavus Adolphus. Music, especially singing, has always been the link and a common connection as the people of God. All God’s people have sung throughout recorded history. The Israelites sang after their deliverance from Egypt. David sang in time of trouble and rejoicing. Mary and Simeon sang songs of thanksgiving. John, on the island of Patmos, heard the glorious songs of the angels in his vision. And still today, we continue to sing to God and we are excited to welcome our next Minister of Music who will help lead us.


–       Proficiency playing and leading liturgy on piano and organ

–       Choral and instrumental conducting experience

–       Organizational and Lutheran liturgy planning skills

–       Wide knowledge of sacred music: classical, gospel, and contemporary

–       Minimum of 5 years education and/or experience

Specific responsibilities

Liturgies –

o   Play two liturgies per week (9am and 11am, Sunday)

–       Lead sung liturgy

–       Prelude, offertories, and postludes

–       4-6 hymns each week (planned in advance by Minister of Music and Pastor)

–       Prepares and leads other liturgies: Easter, Good Friday, Maundy Thursday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Ash Wednesday

Choir –

o   Select and rehearse choral anthems for choir at 11am service (weekly)

o   Seek out and encourage special music at various times of the year (duets, solos, instrumentals from members of the congregation and other musicians)

o   Directs and accompanies youth/children’s choir several times per year

Planning –

o   Assist the pastor in planning and leading weekly liturgies

o   Maintains music library and needed licenses

o   Oversee maintenance of the instruments

o   Schedules substitutes for planned absences


–       Sanctuary – 33 Rank – 3 Manual –  Berkshire Organ Company, Op, 104 (`79); rev. American Classic Organ Company

–       Chapel – 4 Rank – 1 Manual – J. H. Jørgensen

–       Baldwin Grand Piano 7’9” (Sanctuary)

–       Yamaha Studio Upright Piano (Chapel)


Supervised by the pastor, with Church Council consultation, as needed


–       Salary basis in the range of 10-20 hours per week

–       Salary in accordance with the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians standards and experience

–       Federal and State taxes will be deducted from the salary and forwarded to the proper authorities by the Council Treasurer or bookkeeper

–       First right of refusal will be given to the Minister of Music for other occasional liturgies (weddings, funerals) with additional compensation for each liturgy

–       Time off (with pay)

–       Vacation: 2 Sundays, scheduled and approved by supervisor, on non-festival days (additional Sundays off negotiable)

–       Sick days: 1 Sunday


Matthew D. O’Rear, MDiv

Chair, Search Committee

484.343.2884 (cell)



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Street Address: 155 E. 22nd Street
Zip Code/Postal Code: 10010
Phone: 484-343-2884

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