Adult Choir Director Vacancy Announcement


St. Matthew’s EVANGELICAL Lutheran church is recruiting for an individual to fill the position of ADULT CHOIR DIRECTOR.  Your application for this position must be postmarked or your e-mail dated no later than August 1, 2024. 


Position Description

The Adult Choir Director reports to the Director of Music/Organist and is a key member of the staff.  This is a part-time position requiring an average of 20 hours per week. St. Matthew’s is conveniently located directly across from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNC-W).

Summary of Major Duties and Responsibilities

The purpose of this position is to direct the Adult Choir of the congregation during a ten-month choir season from late August through Holy Trinity Sunday (including Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Easter, and the moveable feasts of Epiphany and Ascension). This is a twelve-month position, which includes scheduling soloists and ensembles for the two-month summer break. The Adult Choir Director plans and directs the Adult Choir and other smaller ensembles to perform at special services conducted on major Christian holidays and some national holidays and at regular services.  Conducts weekly and extra rehearsals as neededCoordinates with the Director of Music to secure clinicians as neededMay arrange and compose music as needed to complement instrumental music and hymns.  Recruits new members for the choir and to serve as cantors, soloists, etc. Works with vocal and instrumental soloists individually as needed.   Facilitates social activities for assigned choirs.  Plans and conducts choir retreats.  Periodically, in conjunction with the Director of Music, conducts hymn fests. Attends and actively participates in church staff and worship planning meetings with the music staff on a regular basis; and, as requested, congregational meetings, new member gatherings, and church council meetings.  Keeps in touch with the choir via text, email, or phone calls between rehearsals and during the summer break.  Submits bulletin and newsletter information as appropriate to publicize the activities and planned programs of the choir. 

 Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Required

Completion of a four-year program leading to Baccalaureate degree in music with voice/choral emphasis is preferred

At least two years of experience as a music director or choir director with mostly sacred music in a Christian church 

Significant teaching experience is necessary

Knowledges, Skills and Abilities Required

You should address each of the following qualification elements in your resume, cover letter or a separate statement.  The successful candidate must have the following qualities:

Musical Skill:  

Must be an accomplished musician, able to direct four-part choirs in a variety of musical styles. Adequate piano competency is preferred.  (Candidates for this position will be prepared to attend an Adult Choir practice and lead the choir as an audition.)

Language Skill: 

Ability to read, analyze and interpret general and music periodicals, procedures and letters.  Ability to respond to questions from church staff and parishioners.

Ability to maintain the strictest confidences concerning parishioners, staff and personal situations. 

Knowledge and ability to plan and organize the activities of assigned choirs.  Ability to work constructively and smoothly with other members of the church staff and members of choirs, ensembles, etc.

How to Apply

You must submit a resume, cover letter and, if necessary, supplemental sheet(s) explaining in detail how experience (paid or unpaid), education or special training relates to this position and the above qualification elements. Application packages which are incomplete will not be considered.  Mail your application package to the above address or e-mail it to:

Basic Information Required on the Resume:

Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day and evening phone numbers, including area code and e-mail address and earliest starting date. 

Employment Information Required on the Resume:

  • Applicants must provide information on their work experience, both paid and non-paid, that is relevant to the position, including:  Job title; employer's name, city and state; starting and ending dates of employment (month and year); hours worked per week; and duties and accomplishments.
  • Any other qualification, including: job-related training (title and date of course); skills (e.g., musical instruments played, foreign languages, computer software/hardware); current licenses; or honors, awards and special accomplishments (e.g., honor societies, publications).  


Name and location of colleges and universities attended, major fields of study, type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total number of credits earned and indicate whether they are in quarter or semester hours)

Evaluation Method

Determination of basic eligibility and evaluation of the applicant's experience, education and training will be based solely on a panel review of the resume, cover letter and supplemental material described above. It is imperative that the information provided be in sufficient detail to permit accurate evaluation of eligibility and background as they relate to the qualification requirements listed in this announcement. Only the top-qualified candidates will be referred for interviews.

Additional Information

Only U.S. citizens and those legally permitted to work in the U.S.A. may be hired.  Persons considered for this position will be required to submit to a background check. The person selected for this position is not required to be a member of this church or its denomination. The work requires some physical effort.  St. Matthew’s welcomes applications for this position from all persons regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, or physical ability. The individual must support the mission of our organization.

Deadline for submission

Your application for this position must be postmarked or your e-mail dated no later than AUGUST 1, 2024.  No exceptions will be granted.  

Your interest in this position is demonstrated by your willingness and ability to submit a complete application package as described above.  

Questions regarding this job announcement may be directed to:  

The Rev’d. Dr. Samuel Zumwalt, 910-538-6705.  Please remember that August 1, 2024 is first cutoff date for the submission of applications.   

All church employees are required to have an annual background check.

Thank you for considering employment with St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.