Positions Available in our area

MUSIC DIRECTOR/ORGANIST 

St. Michael Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Unionville, PA, has an immediate need for a Music Director/Organist with strong communication and interpersonal skills to lead or supervise a variety of music programs.  Currently the church has two adult choirs, one adult handbell choir, one high school vocal and handbell choir, and one elementary vocal and handbell choir. The candidate being able to direct handbells and youth/children’s choirs would be preferred, but is not required.  

The church has a Rodgers 950 organ, a Yamaha C5 piano, two brand new Kawai digital pianos (Concert Artist and Concert Performer), a five-octave set of handbells, a five-octave set of chimes, several Orff instruments, and an extensive choral and bell music library.  

 

Located in Southern Chester County near Longwood Gardens, St. Michael is a congregation of 200 active family/individual units, with an average Sunday attendance for two services of200. The sanctuary, built in 1997, seats 250.  

 

Additional information on responsibilities:

• Arrange for all music for all Sunday worship services, to include prelude, liturgy, Psalmody, hymns, offertory, special music, and postlude(two services during school year and one service in summer). 

• Be responsible for all vocal and instrumental music and choirs, including recruiting and rehearsals.

• Provide music for weddings and funerals and other special services throughout the year.

• Able to provide organ or piano accompaniment and direct virtual choirs and small ensembles during this time of pandemic. 

• Direct and supervise the activities of any and all assistant music directors.  

 

We are looking for someone with a strong personal Christian faith, who sees church music as a way to express that faith.

 

Interested candidates are urged to send questions and/or their resume to musicdirectorsearch.smlc@gmail.com to the attention of Janet Weber, Search Committee Chairperson.   For further information, the church office may be contacted at 610-347-1696.  

 

8.24.20

 MUSIC DIRECTOR, part-time, 20 hours/week 

First Unitarian Church of WIlmington, Delaware

 

A congregation of 350 members, is accepting applications for its part-time Music Director position.  The position includes: playing music and directing the choir for Sunday morning services; directing and accompanying evening choir rehearsals, including our “virtual choir” during this pandemic time; playing weddings and memorials; planning worship with clergy; and overseeing the music program. 

The organ at First Unitarian Church is a Rieger Orgelbau tracker organ installed in 1976-1977.

 

Responsibilities: 

  • Worship

    • Collaborate with the minister and other program staff in the creation of worship services.

    • Choose anthems and hymns, in consultation with the minister/program staff.

    • Provide for music for worship services, as well as Rites of Passage, such as weddings and memorial services, including those Sundays/times not in attendance (off 1 Sunday/month). 

    • Design and implement special music worship services.

    • Support and develop the experience of congregational singing.

  • Choir

    • Encourage singers/musicians to join the choir.

    • Rehearse with adult choir once a week, September - June, and lead choir on Sunday mornings. During this pandemic time, offer music/choir leadership (“virtual choir” currently in place).

    • Recruit and prepare choir for some special services, such as memorial services, installations, ordinations, and other official church occasions.

    • Create ad-hoc choirs or other musical groups to expand the musical experiences available to adult or youth musicians.

  • Music Program & Administration

    • Recruit, encourage, and coach musicians within the congregation to provide music for worship services and other events.

    • Arrange for guest musicians for those Sunday services and rites of passage events where the Music Director will not be in attendance (e.g., one Sunday a month, funerals, etc.) 

    • Communicate with guest musicians (e.g., accompanist, organist, guest musicians) about service plans, hymns, organ and choir music.

    • Oversee maintenance of the church’s inventory of musical instruments, including the organ and church pianos, and set policies for their use.

    • Oversee spending of the music operating budget and special funds related to music, including music program’s Counterpoint Fund. 

    • Collaborate with church communication team to promote music in the church.

    • Attend staff and program staff meetings and other meetings as relevant.

    • Establish regular office hours at the beginning of each program year, to be adjusted as needed in consultation with supervisor. 

  • Other Professional Responsibilities

    • Maintain contact with music colleagues in other churches and with the wider denomination through involvement in the Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries (AUUMM, formerly known as the UUMN-Unitarian Universalist Musicians’ Network), American Choral Directors Association, and/or other professional and denominational organizations.

    • Develop professional and spiritual practice by attending relevant retreats, classes, and conferences.

    • Stay current on copyright law as it relates to music used within the church.

 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Exhibits behavior compatible with the values and ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Association; has a working knowledge of Unitarian Universalist worship practices and theology. 

  • Possesses a music degree or equivalent organ training.

  • Has a minimum of two years of experience and excellent musicianship on both organ and piano. 

  • Is proficient using email and Microsoft Office and is willing to learn other technologies used in the operations of the church. 

  • Has strong interpersonal, time-management, and delegation skills; works well in a team. 

  • Is able to sight read choral, organ, and piano repertoire and is able to play choral parts and open scores when needed. 

  • Displays sound judgment, a positive attitude and professional conduct, including the ability to maintain confidentiality. 

  • Has a valid driver’s license; background check required. 
     

Compensation: $26/hour + part-time benefits (including professional development leave; sick leave; vacation; pro-rated medical; employee-paid dental and life insurance; and participation in our retirement savings plan).

Application: Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and video recordings (additional mp3 submissions are optional)  demonstrating organ and piano competence and choral conducting skills to MusicDirectorSearchTeam@firstuuwilm.org.

No phone calls or applications by mail. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, Delaware is a Welcoming Congregation (https://www.uua.org/lgbtq/welcoming) and an equal opportunity employer. People with disabilities, people of color, Hispanic/Latinx, LGBTQ, and immigrant candidates are encouraged to apply. 

6.1.20 

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