Director of Music Ministry: Trinity Lutheran Alameda


Trinity Lutheran Church: 1323 Central Avenue, Alameda CA

Trinity Lutheran Church is a Christian, Reconciled in Christ congregation with a strong musical tradition, located in Alameda, CA. Our Music Ministry includes a thriving program with an adult choir, bell choir and a tuition-free children’s choir program, open to the community. Music is central to our mission of giving back to the community.  Trinity’s Music Ministry is supported with a budget for purchasing music, hiring instrumentalists, maintaining instruments and other related costs.

The Director of Music Ministry furthers the mission of the church by:

  • planning and implementing vibrant and meaningful musical offerings, in a variety of styles, that glorify God

  • reflecting Trinity’s inclusive nature, nurturing the spiritual development of the congregation and reaching out into the community.

  • Engaging children and adults of all abilities


  • Prepare and direct the choir and bell choir to provide musical offerings during our weekly worship services, September through May, displaying a commitment to musical excellence.

  • Organize and direct the Joyful Noise Community Children’s Choir program

  • Work collaboratively with Pastor, Organist/Pianist and Worship and Music Committee to create a cohesive worship experience.

  • Incorporate instrumental musicians to enhance musical offerings, when appropriate.

  • Recruit new participants for choir and bell choir.

  • Engage the community-at-large with special musical events.

  • Work collaboratively with church committees to connect the music ministry to Trinity’s larger mission.

  • Incorporate children and youth into congregation’s musical activities.

  • Ensure coordination of special musical offerings June through August, and other weeks that the choir is off.

Skills and Experience Required:

    • Choral conducting experience for both youth and adult choirs; 5 years preferred

    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff and volunteers

    • Understanding of sacred music and its use within liturgy and worship

    • Ability to lead with enthusiasm, a sense of humor and a positive attitude

    • Degree in music is preferred

    • Background and fingerprint checks will be required of any candidate that is selected, in keeping with our child abuse prevention policy


  • Hours: 8 hours per week based on 44 weeks per year; salaried,part-time, non-exempt

  • Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

  • Benefits:

  • Trinity pays workers compensation but does not provide health benefits.

  • Two floating weeks with no rehearsals or Sunday services per year (Sept-May).

  • No anthems or rehearsals the week after Christmas, the week after Easter.

  • Responsible to the Pastor and the Church Council.

General Overview of current programming:

  • Weekly

    • Joyful Noise Children’s choirs afternoon rehearsals (PreK-K, Grades 1-3)

    • Bells & Adult Choir evening rehearsals

    • Sundays

      • Gathering music for Sunday School (9:30-9:45 am)

      • Choir/bells warmup: 10- 10: 15 am

      • Worship service:10:30-11:45 am

      • Building relationships at Coffee Hour: 11:45 am-12:15 pm

  • Periodic

    • Staff meetings 2x month

    • Music & Worship monthly meetings

    • Create and monitor Music & Worship Budget

    • Provide written updates to the Church Council and articles for church newsletter

  • Annually

    • Plan and direct two special Music Ministry Sunday worship services

    • Fall and Spring Concert

    • Coordinate musical offerings for Advent and Lent, as needed.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Pastor Stephanie Johnson by June 20, 2019