Tri-State Musicians' Union


Pilgrim Congregational Church seeks a new director of music.

The music director plays both piano and organ in Sunday morning services (and occasional extra services such as weddings, funerals, and special events),
directs the church choir, including one night/week rehearsals and Sunday morning warm-up
and coordinates with church ministers and other worship leaders regarding the selection and preparation of music for the services.

Our ideal candidate is proficient in both organ and piano, familiar with a diverse range of musical styles, and has training or experience in directing choirs. Proficiency in other instruments is also desirable, as is an ability to recruit new participants into the church’s music program (both from within the congregation and in the wider community).

As choir director, we especially seek someone who will go beyond helping people master notes and technical proficiency to include expressing rich musicality and enhancing the musical experience of both the singers and the congregation. We hope for someone who will help us reimagine our music program and perhaps move beyond the traditional choir-every-Sunday model. Such changes might include occasionally alternating the choir with smaller ensembles (of singers and/or instrumentalists) and soloists.

Minimum salary is $10,000 annually, commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send the following to
Cover letter and resume
Sample recordings of music, which could include the following:
An organ sample
A piano sample
A sample of a recently directed choir
Other instruments or multiple musical styles are also welcome
2-3 professional references

Review of applications will begin November 30, 2018. Students are highly encouraged to apply. Finalists will be invited to interview with the search committee, play for the church one Sunday morning, and possibly run a choir rehearsal.

Pilgrim’s mission is to provide the Chattanooga community with a liberal Christian tradition by maintaining a caring, inclusive, and open-minded church where individuals may search for a vision of God and relate the Christian faith to the modern world. We are an inclusive church which recognizes the value of all people in God’s diverse creation regardless of worldly condition, social status, ability, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. For more information, visit our website at