Director of Music Search

We are currently in the process of final review of candidates. We hope to issue a call in March.

St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church, a large, welcoming parish in Tucson, Arizona, seeks a Director of Music to lead an exceptional program. This is a full-time position with competitive salary and benefits (see Requirements).

The Director of Music provides leadership for both the current music mission of St. Philip’s In The Hills and the creative vision for evolving new forms of music in traditional and modern settings (see Responsibilities).

The music program at St. Philip’s In The Hills is valued for its excellence, for the way liturgical music is integral to worship, and for its role in attracting and retaining new members of all ages to the parish (see Choirs).

The Tucson community identifies St. Philip’s In The Hills as a major cultural asset. Applicants are invited to view our Parish Profile for more information regarding the breadth of ministries that our music program supports.

To Be Submitted to by December 19, 2016:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resumé
  • Internet links to relevant musical presentations you have led and/or performed within the last 5 years (or mail a CD/DVD to: Director of Music Search Committee, PO Box 65840, Tucson AZ 85728-5840)
  • Contact information for three references

Requirements for this Position

Appropriate education in choral conducting, organ, and piano as well as conducting chamber orchestras. Master’s Degree required with doctorate preferred. Must be able to accompany a service including organ prelude, postlude, and offertory when needed.

An established record of outstanding choral conducting experience with demonstrated abilities that include excellent rehearsal technique; demonstrated competency in organ and piano performance; experience in conducting small orchestras; experience working with multiple adult, youth, and children’s choirs.

Ability to lead children and youth choirs and provide choral training with the Royal School of Church Music curriculum.

An understanding and appreciation of Episcopal liturgy and western classical sacred music as well as 3–5 years of experience with church music of many kinds.

Ability to be both a team member with clergy and other church staff colleagues, and a leader of diverse Music Department staff and volunteers.

Ability to provide spiritual and pastoral leadership.


Responsibilities of the Director of Music

Prepare the choirs in weekly rehearsals for the following services and work as a member of the parish staff to plan for all other services:

  • Sunday 9:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist Rite II
  • Sunday 11:15 a.m. Sung Eucharist Rite II
  • Sunday 4:30 p.m. Solemn Choral Evensong once a month, October through May

The full schedule of services is available here.

Special Music for Services:
The first Sunday of each month, September through May, plus Festival and Feast Days, are celebrated at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services with a significant musical offering such as a classical style mass or other major work for choir(s) and musical accompaniment beyond piano and organ and can include a small orchestra. Christmas Eve, Holy Week, and Easter services are celebrated with significant musical offerings with participation by all church choirs and musical accompaniment beyond piano and organ and can include a small orchestra.

Prepare and direct St. Nicholas Youth Choir and Schola Cantorum Adults for 2019 UK Cathedral Residency.

Recruit and encourage those engaged in the music program, including the audition process for the choirs and oversight of the selection of musicians who play during liturgies and concerts.

Administer the music budget.

Supervise the Associate Music Director/Organist.

Hire and supervise staff singers and adjunct choral directors as needed.

Assign duties and supervise the Organ Scholar (outstanding University of Arizona undergraduate organ student).

Participate in weekly planning meetings with the Rector and other church clergy and staff.

Participate in teaching and instruction with the wider parish community, as requested by the Rector, on the theological, liturgical, and spiritual significance of music, creativity, and beauty.

Serve as staff liaison for the After School Music Program and Friends of Music.

Foster relationships among community music organizations and leaders.