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 MUSIC DIRECTOR, part-time, 20 hours/week 

First Unitarian Church of WIlmington, Delaware

 

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. 

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