November 10, 2021

‘SWELL’ Position

Microsoft Word – St Matthew’s DOM position description Nov 2021.docx


A spirited place where people stand, connect and seek common ground


November 2021

St Matthew-in-the-City is an iconic, historic church in the heart of Auckland. It is an Anglican Church at the forefront of liberal and progressive theology. St Matthew’s creates its own liturgies and music within these traditions.

The Director of Music is an integral member of the St Matthew-in-the-City staff team.

The DOM reports to the Vicar, and works closely with the Worship Committee and the Music Outreach Group (who oversee the wider music outreach work). The Leader of the St Matthew’s Voices (a professional quartet) reports to the DOM.

St Matthew’s has outstanding musical resources such as a 4 manual Willis organ (rebuilt 2010) a Shigeru Kawai Semi-Concert Grand Piano (2019), a ‘parish’ piano, a music library.

St Matthew’s looks to employ a Music Director who exhibits the following ‘ideal person’ characteristics.

  • musically imaginative and skilled
  • a leader
  • able to work with others well in a team
  • self-motivating
  • able to plan and meet deadlines
  • a communicator Musical Leadership It is expected that the DOM will:
  • in keeping with the overall St Matthew’s vision set the vision and direction for the music programme
  • oversee, facilitate and encourage the music programme for worship
  • be able to demonstrate strong musical technique in the leadership of music
  • be an accomplished organist, able to play repertoire and improvise to a very high standard
  • work in a collaborative way with the Voices, selecting choral music in partnership with the Leader of the Voices
  • play for Sunday and other special services.
  • purchase music, as required within the constraints of the budget, that will add to the existing repertoire supporting our strong tradition of choral music, and embrace the best of the new
  • oversee the maintenance and tuning of the organ with the tuners, reporting faults promptly and ensuring follow up in association with the Business Manager.
  • play for weddings and funerals when available (paid separately)
  • schedule replacement organists for Sundays when on leave or fulfilling other commitments
  • Act as Leader of the Voices in absence of a person fulfilling this role.
  • Be active with the Vicar in the selection of a Leader of Voices.
  • Lead, encourage and support the highest standard of congregational music in worship (ie. act as
  • teacher and demonstrator).

Musical Administration

It is expected that the DOM will:

  • work collaboratively with the Vicar, the St Matthew’s Voices, and the chair of the worship committee in the planning of the music for each liturgical year;
  • participate in the selection of the congregational hymns used on Sundays, Feast Days and at special services;
  • work with the Vicar to plan the music for special services which arise from time to time
  • provide a written report for the AGM (usually in March);
  • be able to use Sibelius, and other music software
  • provide a written update on musical activities for the monthly Matters, Music Matters, Sunday Order of Service and weekly What’s Happening, and the website
  • manage copyright for music used and complete licence reporting requirements
  • attend staff meetings as necessary
  • work with, encourage and support musical parishioners and the gifts they have to offer. Musical Outreach • work with the Music Outreach Group to oversee and manage the First Tuesday concert series • explore new possibilities for expanding this series or other initiatives to widen our musical outreach
    • actively search for publicity and alternative funding of some elements of Music Outreach
    • work collegially with the Events Manager who runs all the concerts who use St Matthew’s as a venue. Digital • explore options for the new digital platform
    • explore what music should be recorded for the platform
    • explore what would we need in recording equipment and copyright permissions to make this possible
    • liaise with the Voices and any musical guests around performance permissions for the livestream • negotiate with First Tuesday performers their involvement in digital presentations
    • be an active participant on our social media platforms promoting our music Organ scholar

• the DOM has the opportunity to receive payment for lessons given to our organ scholar

For information:
Leader of the Voices role is to:

• recruit, schedule, rehearse and support the St Matthew’s Voices, a quartet of professional singers • sing as a permanent member of the Voices (Sundays and other special services) and lead the

singers where needed on a Sunday
• select music for the Voices in active partnership with the DOM
• prepare the music for the singers and upload to database and ipads; copy for services
• participate in hymn choosing meetings; work with DOM on music planning for special days • provide the Business Manager with invoices for the singers in the first week of each month.


Regular Services


9.00am – 9:45am Rehearsal 10.00am Sung Eucharist


on a weekday with the Voices at a mutually agreed time

Other Services

St Matthew’s Day
St Francis Blessing of the Animals All Saints’ Day – Requiem Eucharist

Advent and Christmas

  • Christmas Lessons and Carols (evening, 2nd Sunday of Advent)
  • Nativity Service Christmas Eve 7pm
  • Carol Service 10.30pm
  • Midnight Mass 11.30pm
  • Christmas Day Eucharist Lent and Easter
  • Ash Wednesday (evening)
  • Holy Week Devotion / Meditation with the Labyrinth
  • Maundy Thursday Eucharist
  • Good Friday 10am and evening concert
  • Easter Vigil Liturgy and Eucharist
  • Easter Day Eucharist Weddings An average of 30 per year require an organist. Funerals 5-10 a year require an organist. SALARY AND CONDITIONS: The equivalent of two and half days per week; $36,000 a year, plus 3% Kiwisaver Weddings attract a fee of $190 per service.
    Funerals are generally $250, negotiated with the funeral director.
    Weddings and funerals will always be offered to the DOM first. 5 weeks leave a year, including 5 Sundays.
    Up to 4 other Sundays free if required for concerts and other musical commitments. The position and performance of the appointee will be reviewed, initially at six and twelve months and thereafter annually.


Applications should be sent to Rev Helen Jacobi, by November 30 2021. Aplications should include a CV with a covering letter and any links to performance or service recordings.

Interviews and auditions will be held in December or January depending on covid restrictions. Ideally an audition will include some accompaniment of the Voices.

The position could commence as early as February 2021.
Any successful candidate will need to show proof of vaccination for Covid19.