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The Music Program Director at Calvary UMC leads the church’s music program and has responsibility for directing the choirs. The Music Program Director works closely with the pastors and organist in coordinating music for Sunday worship and certain other times listed below. 

 Goals:

  • To inspire the congregation through music.
  • To create beautiful music that evokes the Holy Spirit.
  • To lead a music program that encourages participation.
  • To faithfully nurture the love of music within our children’s choirs.
  • To challenge our choir members and teach them the skills to succeed.
  • To broaden our musical horizons without alienating our congregation.
  • To align all aspects of our music ministry with our sermons, scripture, and mission.

 Essential Functions: 

  • Direct the Chancel Choir in weekly rehearsals and during 11:00 am Sunday worship. Other special services are but are not limited to Christmas Eve, Holy Week services, and community Thanksgiving (the choir has roughly 20 participants).
  • Direct the adult handbell choir (roughly 10 participants), youth choir (roughly 15 participants), and youth handbell choir (roughly 10 participants) in weekly rehearsals and in Sunday worship as arranged with pastoral staff and accompanists.
  • Arrange special music and song leaders for both the 8:30 am and 11:00 am services for the month of August when the choir does not perform.
  • Supervise any paid soloists and musicians and arrange for their compensation for the 11:00 am service.
  • Provide leadership in the publicizing of church musical events.
  • Manage the recruitment and encouragement of choir members, soloists, and instrumentalists.
  • Submit the financial needs of the church’s music ministry annually to the Finance Committee to include: purchasing music, supplies, instruments, and the arrangement and care for non-keyboard instruments.
  • Provide guidance in the use of hymns, service music, soloists, and musicians for Sundays and special services.
  • Provide for the musical guidance, spiritual growth, and morale of choir participants.
  • Make recommendations, as needed, to Calvary’s pastors, Staff Parish Relations Committee, Worship Committee, and church council on matters important to strengthening the worship ministries of the church.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Work in support of other ministry areas, on an as-needed basis, to plan, prepare and/or provide special music (e.g., special church events, children, family, or adult ministries events).

Employment Specifics: 

  • Work an estimated 20 hours per week in fulfillment of the above essential functions.
  • Receive four weeks paid vacation annually, usually in August, with other leave time arranged mutually with the Pastor and Early Service Music Director.
  • A four-week notice is requested from the employee before terminating employment.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • A heart for God and for Calvary’s vision of ministry
  • Experience in managing multiple programs
  • People skills with an ability to inspire volunteers
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music (or equivalent)
  • 3 years of music leadership experience
  • Choral piano skills a plus

Physical Requirements: 

  • Able to move freely in and out of different small group settings (homes, church, businesses) 
  • Able to speak, conduct, and sing in a public forum 

Core Competencies:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to lead others. Demonstrates the skills of active listening and openly accepts constructive criticism. Productively engages and resolves interpersonal conflict. Holds others accountable in a spirit of love. Engages diverse groups positively, with a demeanor of optimism and abundance. Is welcoming to all.
  • Team Building Skills: Guides choir members and musicians in the process of sharing best practices in order to identify and solve common problems. Works with church leaders to regularly assess the health of teams and musical groups. Recognizes dysfunctional team behavior and redirects it into functional behavior. Creates and communicates vision, direction, and goals for the team. 
  • Spiritual Maturity: Has a robust Christian faith that models faithful practices. Exhibits humility, teachability, accountability and servant leadership in all relationships. Demonstrates an understanding of Christian principles and the scriptures, as well as familiarity with Christian music in a variety of styles. Ability to suggest appropriate hymns based on the church season, sermon themes, position in the service, and other factors.  
  • Influencing Others: Encourages others to cooperate and participate. Provides resources that support sound decision making. Uses verbal and nonverbal skills to communicate with respect for others.  Generates energy, passion, and commitment to ideas. Creates a comfortable atmosphere that is inviting to others.

Please send résumés to David Gardner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.