The Music Director Search Committee has prepared a job description for this position. The description is reflective of Old First’s mission and vision as well as our commitment to the integration of our diversity in our music program.
The feedback provided thus far by members in the congregation helped guide the committee’s work. It is the intention of the Search Committee to gather reactions, ideas from you as you read this description in order to finalize it. Please help us by sharing your feedback to members of the search team (Alice Reyes, convener; Griffin Drutchas, Kris Forrest, Bill George, Kristen Olson, Yajeh Ndimbie, Marjorie Wilhite).
Old First Reformed Church United Church of Christ
Music Director Job Description
At Old First we believe that each individual reflects aspects of God and that only together in our diversity and service, do we begin to resemble the full glory of God. Our music strives to reflect this core value. Old First prides itself in offering high quality music from a wide range of genres and styles. We are proud of our organ and enjoy the traditional sacred music written for it as well as gospel, jazz, blues, praise music and other contemporary musical genres.
The Music Director must possess the skills, knowledge and passion that will support the musical and artistic expression of Old First’s vision and values.
The Music Director facilitates an atmosphere in which God is worshipped and glorified, and provides direction, oversight, and coordination of the musical elements of our worship services.
This is a part-time, support staff position with duties primarily on Sundays and one to two evenings (approximately 15-20 hours per week).
The Music Director directs a volunteer choir, leads the congregational music, and encourages and coordinates the participation of the church members in instrumental and vocal solos and ensembles.
The Music Director reports to the Pastor. The Music Director also works in collaboration with choir members and other volunteer musicians and is staff liaison to the Worship Standing Leadership Group (SLG). Work is reviewed through observation, supervisory evaluation, and Worship SLG and congregational feedback.
1. Selects music for Sunday morning worship, including collaborating with the pastor to select hymns from the United Church of Christ hymnal. Leads music during Sunday morning.
2. Selects music for choir; coordinates or leads other ensembles, both vocal and instrumental, exploring a wide range of sacred music.
3. Coordinates and provides practice sessions for choir members. Arranges these sessions at a time that is satisfactory with the majority of the choir members.
4. Plans special music for all worship services such as preludes, offertory music, postlude, and other special music to enhance and enrich the worship service as well as enhance Old First’s community outreach and vision of revitalization.
5. Engages the congregation in order to expand their participation in Old First’s music program
6. Develops music opportunities for children – from primary-school age through high school. Recruits their participation and involvement.
7. Coordinates and plans music for holidays and special worship events (e.g. Christmas, Easter children’s cantatas, special performances) as well as seek the involvement of other musical organizations and groups of the wide community.
8. Communicates and provides music to all volunteer musicians providing them ample time to prepare and learn the pieces for choir practice sessions.
1. Familiarity with Protestant Service music and hymnody.
2. Is cognizant of the range of musical preparation of the voluntary members of the choir and is supportive of both the musically trained and the untrained.
3. Plans, organizes, and budgets for the music ministry needs in coordination with the
Administration Standing Leadership Group.
4. Prepares and presents a report at each annual meeting concerning the music ministry.
5. Coordinates the maintenance, tuning, and repair of all musical instruments owned by the church.
6. Selects and handles the purchase of all music for the music program, keeping within budgetary constraints
7. Provides Office Administrator with Sunday music selections in a timely manner for inclusion in the weekly Sunday bulletin.
8. Adheres to applicable copyright laws with regard to the use, duplication, distribution, and broadcast of music and/or lyrics.
9. Keeps work areas neatly maintained and organized ensuring that choir room, storage areas and church facilities are presentable and neat at all times.
10. Maintains an open attitude to developing and altering the music program as the needs and interests of the congregation evolve.
11. Shows a commitment to the congregation’s core values of diversity, service and community engagement, following the UCC’s principle of Extravagant Welcome: “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” Must adhere to Old First’s Open and Affirming policy that states that the congregation welcomes people of every race, language, age, gender, ethnicity, economic status, mental or physical ability, and sexual orientation into the full life and ministry of the church.
Qualifications and Requirements
1.Bachelor’s degree; preferably in music education or a related field
2.Demonstrated experience in choral or instrumental conducting in a church or school setting is required. Prefer at least two years experience as music director in a church or similar setting.
3.Must exhibit a high level of professionalism and proficiency in many kinds of music and performance. Demonstrated proficiency in piano accompaniment. Organ mastery preferred but not required.
4.Willingness to explore different forms of music for use in the worship service
5.Must have strong organizational skills
6.Posses excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication ability with strong emphasis on listening and problem solving
7. Ability to work cooperatively within the church staff as well as with members of other teams and committees to meet goals
8. Individual must be able to work well with others and be able to thrive under the constructive criticism of church leadership by whom he/she will be evaluated yearly
9. Requires passing criminal and sexual misconduct background checks
10. Requires public speaking skills
11. Performance at weddings and funerals is not an expected duty of the music director