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Small Church Part-Time Music Director

Channing Memorial Church 

Unitarian Universalist

Ellicott City, Maryland


Description of Responsibilities

The Part-Time Music Director provides piano music (or other instrumental accompaniment) each Sunday and Christmas Eve; works with the minister and worship team to plan service music; recruits, organizes, rehearses and directs a small choir (rehearsing one evening a week, September-June). [Providing music at special services (e.g. weddings, memorial services) will be separately contracted and compensated.]

  • Provides service music and accompanies hymns each Sunday (see Order of Service). This involves:
    • Engaging the congregation in church music
    • Selecting music that includes a variety of musical genres, with the goal of reaching a diverse, multi-generational audience
    • Planning music with minister and worship team to ensure appropriate musical selections to coordinate with worship themes and to enhance the spiritual experience
    • Working with minister to coordinate use of music, sound and silence in liturgy, including leading congregational singing in creative ways
  • Directs the choir.  This includes:
    • Selecting choral music
    • Weekly rehearsals
    • An expectation that the choir will sing in worship one to two times each month (September-June) and on Christmas Eve
    • Working with choir members with a broad range of musical experience and skill levels, creating a sense of community in this small-group ministry
    • Providing musical and vocal direction to enhance and develop individual and collective gifts
  • Recruits, coordinates and schedules volunteer musicians; approves their music selections.
  • Researches and selects appropriate music for church musicians.
  • Maintains and expands a music library.
  • Leverages resources of the Association for UU Music Ministries (AUUMM) [membership paid by the church] and/or other appropriate resources to develop professionally as a church musician.

Requirements: A degree in music, preferably with choir emphasis and/or sacred music–or comparable training/experience to carry out the above duties; strong piano skills; teamwork and flexibility; strong interest in church music and its use in liturgy as a ministry of the church; interest in working with a small congregation and small amateur choir, developing musicians with a wide range of abilities. 

Salary range: $9,800 to $10,800 for a 10-month period with time commitment of 10 hours per week: Two hours Sunday morning (10:30 am-12:30 pm); two hours choir rehearsal each week (September-June); up to six hours per week on other duties such as practicing service music, staff meetings, researching and selecting music, coordinating volunteer musicians, etc.

Start date:  ASAP 10-month position September 1, 2023-June 30, 2024

(Salary will be prorated based on actual start date. Option for continuation, likely with reduced summer hours. A new employment agreement would be negotiated for July 1, 2024 and beyond.)