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Job Description For Church Choir Director

First United Methodist Church

PO Box 897

313 W San Antonio

Lockhart, Texas 78644

512-398-3232

[email protected]

Title: Choir Director

General Description and Purpose:

The Choir Director is an integral part of the ministry of the church. The Choir Director’s

primary focus is to prepare the choir for their active participation and leadership role in the

Sunday worship services and other special services as required.

Accountability: To the Pastor and Staff Parish Relations committee

Responsibilities:

• Direct the hymns and Chancel Choir anthems for the Sunday morning traditional worship

services.

• Direct the hymns for the Sunday morning traditional worship services during the choir’s

vacation month (typically July).

• Select choir anthem music for the Sunday morning traditional worship services. Selections

should provide a variety of music, including traditional and contemporary music, and should

be appropriately coordinated with the liturgical calendar. Whenever possible, the anthem

should follow the theme or sermon for the worship service.

• Submit anthem titles and special music titles for each Sunday’s worship services to the

church secretary in a timely manner (typically 4-5 days prior to each Sunday).

• Rehearse the choir weekly (Wednesday evenings 7:00-8:30 pm) and at additional times as

identified by special needs.

• Work closely with accompanists. Music selections should be given to the accompanists

well in advance of their rehearsal and performance by the choir. Practice with accompanists

before choir practices and/or before each Sunday worship service.

• Arrange for special soloists, accompanists or instrumentalists when needed and use the

music budget for their payment, upon approval from Senior Pastor.

• Maintain the music library (filing and organizing) and keeping the music room orderly and

neat.

Special Service Responsibilities:

• Select and arrange for musical presentations at additional services during Holy Week (Ash

Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday), Easter cantata and Advent/Christmas season

(Christmas cantata).

• Meet with the Pastor before the Christmas and Easter seasons to coordinate and plan

special music presentations.

Budget Duties:

• Maintain choir music budget and coordinate purchases with the church secretary.

• Arrange for purchase of new music and supplies within budget limitations.

• Present annual budget requests to the Finance Committee.

Other Responsibilities:

• Attend Worship Committee meetings to facilitate communication and planning. Meetings

are usually held either monthly or bi-monthly before choir practice.

• Be responsible for finding a substitute when absent and informing the Pastor of absence

beforehand.

Qualifications:

• Accomplished vocalist with choral group experience.

• Instrumental skills are desired but not required. Preferred instruments are organ, piano, and

guitar.

• Bachelor’s degree with a music major or minor. Equivalent experience and knowledge can

be substituted in lieu of this educational requirement.

• Solo performance experience is desired.

• Ability to lead and perform various styles of music.

• High level of overall musicianship.

• Enthusiastic, positive, and organized. Excellent personal communication skills are essential.

• A demonstrative life of Christian faith and practice, and holds a commitment to Christian

theology that is compatible with the doctrine, values and traditions of The United Methodist

Church.

Evaluation:

• First three (3) months will be a probationary period with required weekly communication

(either in person or by phone or email) with the Pastor/SPRC Chair or his/her appointee.

• Annual evaluation will be conducted by August 1st of each calendar year by the Pastor or

the Staff-Parish Relations Committee and reported to the Administrative Council.

Terms of Employment:

• Compensation: commensurate with experience

• Vacation days: 4 Sundays per year (prior notification given to Pastor)

• Weekly hours:

• 6:30 – 8:30 pm each Wednesday evening for choir practice (7:00-8:30 pm)

• 9:30 am – noon each Sunday (choir rehearses at 10:20 am prior to service; service

begins at 10:45 am and ends at noon)

• Planning time: suggest at least 2 hours per week

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