Positions Available in our area

Interim Music Minister and Organist

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

1530 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803

Part Time:  Sunday Worship at 9:30 am plus an additional 4-8 Hours per week with the potential to grow into more hours as restrictions are lifted

Requirements per Week:  Sunday Worship Service, worship service collaboration with Pastors 
       and other music leaders, plus prep time

Start Date:  March 1, 2021

Compensation:  $200 for Sunday plus $25/hour for administrative duties

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (ELCA) in Wilmington, DE is currently seeking a Music Minister/Organist who will work directly with the Pastors and other music leaders to plan Sunday Worship Service. We currently offer a single hybrid service, which combines in-person worship and Zoom worship service that is also live streamed on YouTube.  

The Music Minister responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Prepare all music, in consultation with the pastors, for Sunday Worship Service, and other special services, including Holy Week, Easter and Christmas Services.  Music includes Prelude, Liturgy, Psalmody, Hymns, Offertory, Special Music and Postlude which varies each week

  • Schedule weekly cantors and rehearse hymnody and sung liturgy

  • Teach worship leaders the sung portions of the liturgy

  • Attend Worship and Music Team meetings, 4-6 times a year

  • Envision, lead, and incorporate new ideas around music, which might include visual hymns, spoken word hymns, or music videos hymns

  • Schedule any maintenance required for the organ and pianos

  • Provide music for weddings, funerals, and special events throughout the year, to be compensated as appropriate

Once Congregational singing is permitted, work with the congregation to introduce new music and new musical styles.  Help the congregation develop a vision of what worship music could be and help us live into that vision, including supporting the work of congregational singing.

Applicant should be creative in expressing music in a variety of ways as the current pandemic limits how we are able to integrate music/singing into the worship service.  Applicants familiar with current technology is preferred but not required.

Good Shepherd uses a custom built Wicks Pipe Organ, a 42” Hamilton upright piano and a 63” K. Kawai Baby Grand Piano.  We have a 5-Octave and a 2-Octave set of Schumerich handbells in addition to a 4-Octave set of Suzuki hand chimes.  There is also an extensive choral music library.

Good Shepherd is located on the north side of Wilmington, not far from the Pennsylvania border.  The congregation has 150 active families, with an average of 100 participants on any given Sunday.  Good Shepherd celebrates 63 years in serving our mission of Walking Together in Christ, We Grow in Faith and Love to Share Christ with the World.

Interested candidates are encouraged to send inquires and/or resume to:
lcgsde@gmail.com

For more information, please contact the church office at (302) 478-3030

 

1.24.21
 

DIRECTOR of MUSIC MINISTRIES

Newark United Methodist Church

 

Background:

Newark United Methodist Church is a mid-sized congregation nestled in the midst of the college town of Newark, Delaware. A strong music program has always been an attraction of the church, including a Chancel Choir of approximately 30 people and various other musical groups, enhanced by a Casavant Freres Opus 3684 organ.

 

Mission Statement:

NUMC is a congregation of open hearts, open minds, and open arms.  We welcome and affirm you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, regardless of your race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, social or economic status, physical and mental ability, or religious affiliation.  We are all God’s beloved children.

 

Expectation: The Director of Music Ministries shall be a person of faith who is committed to the Newark United Methodist Church (NUMC) congregation and to its ministries. The Director of Music Ministries will successfully implement a God-centered music ministry which is inspiring and welcoming to those who attend NUMC and to the Newark community in general.

 

Accountable to:

  • NUMC Senior Pastor

  • NUMC Staff/Parish Relations Committee (SPRC)

 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Support the pastor in planning all forms of worship by meeting regularly with the Senior Pastor and with the Worship Committee.

  • Preserve NUMC’s commitment to maintaining high musical standards and collaborate with the Pastor to sensitively integrate music from diverse sources into the context of worship.

  • Schedule/coordinate musical groups for worship.

  • Direct (at least) Chancel Choir (singing weekly in 9:30am Sunday services) and oversee/coordinate the other ensembles.

  • Serve as principal organist for 8am, 9:30am Sunday services, special services, weddings and funerals.

  • Develop and supervise music ministry budget and maintain accurate accounting of finances.

  • Ensure regular maintenance of the organ, pianos, and other instruments, while also attentive to care and expansion of the music library.

  • Maintain, coordinate (and preferably grow) our musical programming: organ, children/youth/adult choir, handbells; act as liaison with SonSpirit contemporary service leadership. All groups are active in Sunday services and in special services/concerts both within and beyond the church when possible.

  • Incorporate instrumentalists into services/concerts as soloists, accompanists, and ensembles. This should involve NUMC members (including youth), UD students/staff, as well as others from the community.

Training/Skills/Qualities Desired:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in music from an accredited college, or equivalent experience.

  • Expert musician and teacher who will apply that expertise in service of the needs of our worshipping community.

  • Background serving in a church setting and familiarity with sacred music/literature.

  • Proficiency in [organ/piano performance and] choral conducting.

  • Experience in directing/coordinating larger works including instrumentalists (soloists, ensembles).

  • Ability to maintain high-quality and meaningful variety of repertoire (including attention to inclusivity and attention to multicultural pieces).

 

This is a full-time position.  Salary - $60,000.  The position is available after Easter 2021 or sooner depending on what is agreed upon with the most highly qualified candidate.  We will begin interviews with candidates in February 2021.

 

Closing date:  January 28, 2021

 

Submit resume and application to:

            Newark UMC

            ATTN:  Bud Read – SPRC Chair

            69 East Main St

            Newark, DE  19711

 

OR send to bread114@aol.com

1.7.21

 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