Director of Music and Worship Arts

First Presbyterian Church

Job Description

The Director of Music and Worship Arts is responsible for the supervision of the music staff. He/she is responsible for overseeing all musical activities of the church, with special emphasis on traditional services. The Director serves as a staff liaison to the Worship Team. He/she provides music for the traditional Sunday worship services as well as other special and seasonal services as required. The Director must support the beliefs and worship practices of First Presbyterian Church.

Since First Presbyterian Church was first founded in 1884, our church has fostered a legacy of musical excellence in worship, special holiday music programs, and musical outreach to the community and university. With two traditional services in a newly renovated sanctuary and one contemporary service in a recently constructed facility, our church averages about 400 worshippers on a Sunday

Our multi-generational congregation comes with a wide variety of faith experiences, diverse vocations, different socio-economic situations, and various musical tastes. Although we come from diverse backgrounds and situations, we are united in our desire that everything we do and say is grounded in Christ, as revealed in Scripture. We all strive to live up to our Mission Statement: "Rooted In Jesus, Growing In His Love, Branching Out to Serve Others”.

Grand Junction, CO, the largest city in Western CO, is a conglomerate of desert, farmland, mountains, orchards, a national monument, and the world’s largest mesa. This diversity of terrain lends itself to snow/water skiing, snowshoeing, trail/mountain biking and hiking and a host of other outdoor activities. Colorado Mesa University has an enrollment of over 10,000 students and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Many cultural activities are offered: Grand Junction Symphony; outdoor/indoor venues with varied and well-known artists; as well as many festivals with different themes: blue grass, wine, peach, lavender etc.

While working as Director of Music and Worship Arts, enjoy these benefits:

·        Starting annual salary range between $50-70,000 (depending on experience and skills)

·        Health Insurance (church pays 75% of staff member’s premium)

·        Retirement 403b incentive program

·        Reimbursed costs for continued education

·        Sabbatical Leave (1 month after 7 years of service)


Duties and Responsibilities:

·        Oversees the musical activities of the church, including both Traditional and Contemporary worship services.

·        Schedules and oversees music on a year-round basis for traditional Sunday worship and other special and seasonal services as


·        Schedules and directs rehearsals and provides leadership for all Traditional music ensembles of the church.

·        Participates with the staff in the coordination of various church activities.

·        Serves as staff liaison to the monthly meetings of the Worship Team.

We are looking for a candidate with these qualifications:


·         A Bachelor’s degree in Church or Sacred Music

·        Substantial years’ experience in conducting choral ensembles.

·        Leadership and supervisory experience


·        Graduate Degree: In Organ, Church, or Sacred Music 

·        Experience conducting handbell ensembles.

·        Experience with instrumental/ orchestral conducting

Noteworthy….As a result of recent, generous gifts to Our Organ Fund, we are ready to put together a team to research multiple options. The New Director of Music and Worship Arts will lead this search team process!

For the full job description and/or to apply for this position, email [email protected]. Attach resume to apply.

Resumes and applications will be accepted after October 20th, 2023.  

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About First Presbyterian Church

The first thing to know about who we are is that we're not all alike. We come from a variety of backgrounds and faith experiences. We cover a broad spectrum of vocations, generations, educational levels, musical tastes, socio-economic situations, and political affiliations. Some of us grew up in the Church and some of us are still learning what it means to be a follower of Jesus -- or a Presbyterian for that matter. We don't come out of the same mold, that's for sure. There are some pretty important similarities among us, however. In one way or another, we want to be Rooted in Jesus, Growing in His Love, and Branching Out to Serve Others. We hope to extend God's grace and Kingdom in tangible ways. Together, we rely on God to speak to us through His Holy Word and by His Holy Spirit. And we try to maintain a high view of scripture while reading it through the lens of Jesus Christ -- who was full of grace and truth. Speaking of Jesus, it is Christ who holds us together.

Living on the Western Slope of Colorado means we're fairly laid back -- although we are familiar with and embrace our heritage as Presbyterians. We like to laugh and worship -- and often laugh in worship. We like the fact that God is constantly pushing us back into the community and world to serve in His name. And we like seeing each other at church and in our everyday lives.

What we'd really like is for you to come and see for yourself and give us your own feedback. We'd love to hear from you and get to know who you are, too.

Experience Required
5-10 years


Education Required
Bachelor's Degree

Date Posted
1 month ago
Grand Junction, Colorado


Church Size
300-500 people