POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AND CELTIC CHOIR DIRECTOR
St. Mark’s Purpose: Jesus Christ calls us to be a joyful community that celebrates God’s love, transforms lives and is a force for justice in the world.
The Director of Music is a part-time salaried position, averaging 12 hours per week annually. Annual compensation is $12,500 to $14,500, depending on experience.
Provide professional leadership to the congregation and work collaboratively with the pastor in all areas of music for worship, including but not limited to: coordinating all music in worship for both the 8:30 and the 11:00 services; engaging the congregation; preparing, conducting, and training the Celtic Choir; supervising the organist and choir accompanists; providing special music as requested for additional services on holy days; and engaging musicians for special services on Sundays during the summer when the choir is not in session.
- Oversee music program for the entire church, coordinating with Director of Hand Bell Choir and Director of Children’s Music Program, and encouraging experimentation and risk-taking.
- Collaborate with the Organist/Accompanist, Pastor and Worship & Spiritual Life Ministry Team on music planning, special services and/or events, and to review past worship services.
- Foster and enhance congregational singing.
- Develop and administer an annual budget for the music program as authorized by Session and the Worship & Spiritual Life Committee.
- Recruit, train and supervise the Celtic Choir for participation in regular and special church services. Provide nurturing and friendly atmosphere for choir members and musicians.
- Maintain list of substitute and guest musicians, communicating with and contracting keyboardists and soloists as needed.
- Organize and maintain the music library for the church. Select music from the church library or search for new compositions, learning or reviewing the music and developing artistic interpretations.
- Communicate with office staff in regards to planned music for inclusion in the bulletin and regular announcements in the weekly/monthly newsletters.
- Use church newsletter, emails, website, and social media to communicate regularly with congregation about the music ministry of St. Mark’s.
The Music Director should have extensive training in choral literature and conducting, experience in conducting a church or community choir, background in sacred music, and an understanding of the Protestant tradition. The Music Director must have excellent communication and collaboration skills.
Please submit your resume and cover letter via email by June 26, 2017 to The Rev. Bart Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please enter “Director of Music” in the subject line.