First UMC Durant-Caddo: Director of Music

Date Posted: 5/15/2022

First UMC Durant-Caddo, Durant, OK

Job Description

Reports to: The Senior Minister as the immediate supervisor, but is accountable to the Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC).

Hours: Approximately 15 hours a week for planning, rehearsal and worship.

Terms of employment: Salary established by the FUMC Leadership Team upon recommendation of SPRC and the Finance Committee. 

Evaluation: New employee evaluated after 90 days by Senior Minister.  Performance evaluated annually by the SPRC.


  • Strives to grow personally in his/her Christian faith and views music as a ministry of spiritual growth, development and outreach.

  • Effective leadership and team building abilities, love and respect for people.

  • Ability to organize, coordinate, and motivate musicians.

  • Excellent public communication and worship leading skills.

  • Understanding of the nature of Christian worship and broad knowledge of a variety of Christian music styles.

  • Ability to work with others in creating meaningful worship experiences.

  • Attested musical skills and competence.

  • Sense of humor and positive attitude.

  • Strong team player with the rest of the staff and congregation.

  • Committed to the church's vision, leadership, and people.

  • Dependable, responsible, self-motivated and creative. 

  • Degree in music education, music performance or equivalent experience preferred.


  • Communicate regularly with the Senior Pastor and staff.

  • Rehearse and conduct the Chancel Choir and the Cross and Flame Handbell Choir in weekly scheduled meetings.  

  • Select and prepare Chancel Choir anthems for weekly and special worship services. 

  • Select and prepare music for the Cross and Flame Handbell Choir for performance 2 to 3 times per semester. 

  • Select and prepare special music/cantata services during the year as needed.

  • Select thematically appropriate hymns for traditional worship services.

  • Organize and emphasize special music during the Advent & Easter seasons, including Christmas Eve, and on request from the Pastor as needed.

  • Maintain and expand the Chancel Choir, Cross and Flame Handbell Choir, and Children's Choir music libraries. 

  • Arrange for special music at regular weekly services during the Chancel Choir vacation periods and when no other special group is leading worship services. 

  • Arrange for substitute choir director and/or pianist when absent.

  • Attend staff meetings, Worship Committee meetings, and Leadership Team meetings.

  • Maintain presence and involvement in the greater life of the church.

  • Support the music ministry in Caddo (musicians, special music, substitutes, etc.).

Additional Duties:

  • Maintaining the piano. Water must be added to the humidifier when indicated by red light on side of piano. Imperative to keep piano functioning. 

  • Contact piano tuner when necessary.

  • Set up bells for rehearsal weekly. Make sure bells are in working order.

  • Research and review new music for ensembles. 

  • Provide direction for additional music ensembles/groups (ex: Girls Ensemble).

  • Direct/Assist with children’s Christmas program when needed.

  • Help open up church, piano, arrange chancel before Sunday worship. Close and cover piano after worship.

  • Wash and maintain choir robes when necessary.

  • Research and purchase equipment for choir/bells when needed.

  • Lead singing during worship.

  • Assist in arranging music for funerals when needed.

How to Apply

Email a cover letter and resume to
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: 580-924-4670


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