509 Prendergast Avenue, Jamestown, NY  716.487.1984

Minister of Music

Announcement of Vacancy 3/21/18

First Presbyterian Church of Jamestown, NY, is an active and inclusive congregation, with a worship music program that is strong and meaningful.  We seek a visionary person (or persons) to fill the part-time position of Minister of Music, (approximately 20 hours per week) whose life and work exemplify the Christian tradition.  The ongoing position and its related responsibilities will be collaboratively and creatively defined by the pastoral, program and support staffs and by the congregation, under the leadership of the Minister of Music.


Responsibilities will include:

-        assisting the pastor in crafting weekly and special services of worship, including provision of organ/piano music, - that is not only appropriate but also bridges generational and cultural differences through a balance of musical styles;

-        recruiting, preparing, and directing the Chancel Choir;

-        providing music (or arranging for substitutes) for weddings and funerals;

-        cultivating talent among all age groups within the church through organizing and directing additional vocal or instrumental ensembles, children and youth choirs, bell choir, and soloists as needed and desired; and

-        supervising the maintenance, inventory, and use of the church’s musical instruments and music library.


Applicants are requested to send a cover letter that describes experience and training related to the responsibilities of the position, resume, and the names and contact information for two references to:

                        Janita K. Byars, Minister of Music Search Committee Chair

                        First Presbyterian Church

                        509 Prendergast Ave.

                        Jamestown, NY 14701

or by e-mail to:



Additional support materials (bulletins, recordings, etc.) are welcome.


Pipe Organ Description:

The three manual pipe organ at First Presbyterian Church has Great, Positiv, Swell and AGO Pedal divisions, 39 independent registers, 51 ranks and 2850 pipes. The majority of the pipework is from the original John Organ builders. It was rebuilt and enlarged by Schlicker Organ Co., Inc., Buffalo in 1964.  In 1994 the organ was modified to include a digital multiplex organ control computer system, coupler controls in the console and replacement of the Positiv wind chest.