Director of Music Ministry
The Director of Music Ministry is responsible for leading the music ministry of Wallingford Presbyterian Church by serving as church organist and director of music programs to further the ministry and mission of WPC. Choirs currently include the Chancel Choir and Hand Bell Choir with the opportunity to further develop a music ministry for children and youth such as a Children’s Choir, Youth Choir, or special ensembles. Both the members and leaders of WPC are actively engaged in and supportive of a vibrant music ministry which WPC seeks to sustain and enhance. WPC believes that music is an essential element of meaningful worship and vital to the mission of the church.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Directing the Chancel Choir and Bell Choir
- Recruiting choir and bell choir members
- Conducting/scheduling/accompanying rehearsals
- Directing choirs and accompanying during regularly scheduled services (Sundays at 10am)
- Accompanying congregational singing on organ
- Supervising all accompaniments chosen for the Chancel Choirs, including the organ and other instruments
- Actively recruiting, enlisting, planning for and scheduling members to participate in the musical life of the church (including members not actively participating in choirs) through voice and instruments
- Directing and coordinating special music programs throughout the church year (examples in the past have included Taize services, Messiah Sings, Coffee Houses, musical theater productions and special concerts)
- Coordinating with the Senior Pastor and Associate Pastor during weekly staff meetings regarding the selection of music and integrating music in the overall worship experience
- Attending monthly Worship and Music Committee meetings
- Supervising all music staff (paid and volunteer)
- Overseeing all other music programs, e.g., Children’s Choir, Youth Choir, and other ensembles
- Ensuring appropriate communications with church musicians/staff regarding rehearsal/performance schedule and other matters
- Overseeing maintenance of the music library and all church musical instruments, including, but not limited to: organ maintenance, tuning and maintenance of all church pianos, and care and repair of hand bells, percussion and miscellaneous instruments
- Managing all music-related budget items and presenting annual music-related budget requests to the Worship and Music Committee
- Ensuring proper appearance of the chancel area and the choir room
- Participation in professional development opportunities for music and worship (reimbursement may be available upon recommendation of the Worship Committee to the Session)
- Flexibility with hours as they may vary from week to week
- Playing for wedding and funeral services or finding a suitable substitute.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Music (Choral, Organ or Sacred Music preferred)
- Possess organ and piano skills necessary to lead music in worship and accompany choirs and soloists/ensembles
- Possess basic skills in choral training and selection of appropriate music
- At least 2 years relevant experience in choral conducting and other related musical areas
- Knowledge of sacred music literature and an openness to incorporating a variety of music
- Knowledge of Christian theology and the practice of worship
- Possess leadership qualities in the areas of recruitment, program coordination and administration
- Ability to interpret music to the choirs
- Ability to train non-professional singers in music of varied levels of difficulty
- Possess ability to work well with children and lead them musically
- Possess enthusiasm, creativity and a drive to produce quality music and cultivate music appreciation
- Reliability and flexibility (with regards to scheduling, rehearsals, and punctuality)
- Skills in interpersonal communication with staff, music ministry members and the congregation
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the candidate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, this staff member is regularly required to stand; walk; negotiate stairs; sit; and talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and depth perception.
The Director of Music Ministry is directly responsible to the Pastor/Head of Staff or a designated representative. He or she will also work closely with the Associate Pastor for worship coordination. The Worship and Music and Personnel Committees will serve as the Session's supervisory bodies.
Competitive compensation package (compensation dependent on experience, education and skill level).
Email your resume or CV and cover letter to email@example.com , Attn: Michael Meloy