Chapel Hill UMC: Choir Director/Accompanist

Date Posted: 10/29/2021


Chapel Hill UMC, Farmers Branch, TX

Job Description

The Choir Director/Organist is responsible for the development, the leadership of worship and the music ministry of Chapel Hill UMC. Three main areas of focus are:

  • Direct the organization and implementation of a comprehensive church music ministry including choirs of different age groups and instruments such as handbell choir.
  • Assist the pastor in selecting music and planning worship services.
  • Serve as a worship leader, giving direction to the congregational singing, choir, keyboard accompaniment and any other phases of worship music for Sunday services as well as special and seasonal worship services, including but not limited to the Christmas and Easter cantatas.

Primary Responsibilities

General

  • As we seek to fulfill our United Methodist Church mission of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” and forming disciples who, as the United Methodist General Rule of Discipleship states, “witness to Jesus Christ in world, and follow his teachings through acts of compassion, justice, worship, and devotion, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.,” seek to build these emphases into the worship and music ministry of CHUMC.

Worship Services

  • Work with the pastor to plan for Sunday as well as special and seasonal worship services, choosing music appropriate for the liturgical year
  • Serve as the accompanist on piano and/or organ for hymns and other music in worship that is not provided by other instrumentalists for Sunday services as well as special and seasonal worship services, including but not limited to the Christmas and Easter cantatas.
  • Integrate a wide variety of music styles and incorporate instrumentalists and soloists into the worship service

Adult Chancel Choir

  • Conduct rehearsals and direct the Chancel Choir, with keyboard accompaniment in Sunday morning worship
  • Prepare all aspects of the chancel choir including choosing music, rewriting parts as necessary, copying, creating, and organizing individual orchestra folders for each instrument for worship, and contacting members through email and phone calls to encourage participation.
  • Select and purchase music appropriate for the liturgical year using existing library first. Oversee maintenance of the music library, materials, supplies, musical instruments, and other equipment useful in the music ministry.
  • Attend church music workshops that will promote and edify your leadership, ex: Chorister Guild, AGEHR, to stay current with music and creative ideas for worship (optional)

Others

  • Work with pastor to grow the community involvement through the church choirs and music opportunities, i.e. caroling in Farmers Branch
  • Assist other staff members in church-wide events when needed
  • Participate in Chancel Choir’s occasional fellowship activities

Reporting and Communication

  • Attend and report at the monthly Worship Committee and quarterly Council on Ministries meetings
  • Report to the pastor periodically on the progress/issues of the music ministry
  • Advertise the upcoming musical events. Write occasional articles for the church newsletter and website
  • Be a resource to all members involved with music to help develop rapport and appropriate activities for all ages
  • Attend weekly staff meetings unless other employment prohibits availability
  • Recruit and welcome new members for every choir

Organist and instruments

  • Maintain the electric piano in the rehearsal room and the organ, piano, and electric piano, in the Sanctuary and the piano in the Sanctuary and piano in the ABC Sunday School Class and the piano in the Children’s Choir room

Budget

  • The Director of Music is responsible for overseeing the music budget
  • Responsible for purchasing music, paying honorariums for guest musicians; including vocal and instruments and maintaining church instruments

Secondary Responsibilities

Children’s Choirs, (PreK-2nd and 3rd-5th graders)

  • Work with and equip volunteer(s) to select music and lead children’s choirs for periodic singing in Sunday morning worship and for special seasonal services
  • Encourage children to attend choir camps, workshops and musical opportunities in the city which will edify their musical growth
  • Communicate with parents regarding children’s choir performance and camps and special events
  • Communicate with the Children’s Council to connect with the children’s programming in the church

Handbell Choir (Chapel Bells) (4 Octave Malmark Bells, 3 Octave Chimes)

  • Select music for and direct the Chapel Hill Handbell Choir.
  • Prepare handbell choir for periodic participation in worship services as well as special seasonal music
  • Attend local handbell workshops and festivals (optional)
  • Provide maintenance for bells, folders, tables, etc.

Requirements

  • Choral conducting experience preferred.
  • Instrumental conducting experience.
  • Handbell conducting experience, or willing to learn.
  • Experience working in a church with sacred music.
  • Bachelor’s of Music degree including conducting coursework preferred.
  • At least 3-4 years’ experience in choral/hand bell conducting with adults, youth, and children desired. Prefer sacred music degree or music education degree. (Church music Summer School available at Perkins School of Theology)

How to Apply

Email a resume and cover letter to Rev. J.D. Allen at
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: 972-467-7756

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