Interim Director of Music (Fairfield, Connecticut)

Date Posted: 
August 23, 2020
Organization Name: 
First Church, UCC
Salary Range: 
$375 - $520 per week
Job Description: 

                                                                                                                        (August 7, 2020)

 

FIRST CHURCH CONGREGATIONAL

 

United Church of Christ

Fairfield, Connecticut

     

Interim Director of Music

 

Position Description

 

POSITION: Interim Director of Music (Part time, 15 hours per week; 20 hours per week when the Chancel Choir returns)

 GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

The Interim Director of Music will collaborate with the pastors in creating inspirational and uplifting services of worship during the search for a permanent Director.  The Interim Director of Music is responsible for the sacred music ministry of the church; plays the organ and piano for worship; directs and oversees the adult Chancel Choir; oversees and administers the Lenten Organ Series; and supports the Director of Children’s Music.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Worship & Music

 

  1. Work collaboratively with the pastors and others in planning and coordinating

 worship services. Understand, value and incorporate a wide range of musical expression - choral, solo, and instrumental, utilizing a variety of styles and genres – and incorporate church members as instrumentalists and vocalists as appropriate

 

  1. Select and practice service music suitable to themes of worship; consult with the pastors in the selection of hymns.
3.Play for the Sunday worship services, historically at 8:15 am and 10:15 am.  (At present online at 10:15 only due to the Coronavirus.) 4.Provide musical leadership and accompaniment for Vesper service on Wednesdays. 5.Provide musical leadership and play for special worship services such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, etc. as scheduled, either in person or on-line. 6.Provide musical leadership and play for occasional services, concerts or musical events such as Holocaust Memorial, Thanksgiving service, etc.    

 

  • Ensemble Leadership and Choir Master

 

  1. Recruit, support, promote, develop, teach, and direct the members of the Chancel Choir and additional ensembles as needed on a temporary or seasonal basis; and collaborate with the Director of Children’s Music.  (At present, the Choirs are not meeting due to the Coronavirus.)

 

  1. Provide musical accompaniment and choral direction for all                             Rehearsals for choirs, soloists, and instrumentalists.

 

  1. Serve as organist, pianist and conductor of the Chancel Choir and other vocal ensembles in worship services.  Provide additional keyboard and vocal leadership as required.

 

  1. Identify and encourage the musical talents of the members of the

        Congregation and engage them in the ministry of music, especially to  

         recruit and engage other musicians and performers to increase the variety

         of musical offerings in the online worship and, when possible, in person.

 

  • Administration

 

 

  1. Coordinate with the Board of Music to provide for the safety and

      security of the organs, pianos and other musical instruments  and to          oversee their use and maintenance.

 

2.   Maintain a current catalog of the music library and its appropriate

      organization and storage.

 

  1. Participate in weekly pastoral team meetings and planning sessions.

 

 

  • Privileges
    1. The Pastors will recommend the services of the Interim Director of Music for weddings and funerals and the Interim Director of Music will have the right of refusal for all such services.

 

  1. The Interim Director of Music will have access to the Church pianos and organ for conducting private music lessons, as scheduled by the Church Business Manager.

 

 

 ACCOUNTABILITY: to the Senior Pastor, with the support of the Personnel Board and the Board of Music.