People’s Church, a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Kalamazoo, MI is seeking candidates for the position of Music Director to begin February 2017. We seek a Music Director to inspire, motivate, and minister to our people in music. The Music Director works closely with the Minister to select and lead music for worship, prepares music, leads choral music in worship and leads congregational singing. The Music Director supervises the primary accompanist, and works with volunteer and paid musicians of all ages to bring vitality to our congregation’s music program. The Music Director position combines the responsibilities of a Choir Director and Music Coordinator as outlined below. Applications limited to the Choir Director position will also be considered.


Choir Director (9-12 hours per week on average September to mid-June; 3-4 hours per week in summer)

Job Summary: The Choir Director is responsible for selecting, rehearsing, and presenting choral/bell music at Sunday services during the church program year (from the Sunday after Labor Day through the second Sunday in June), and serving as the primary song leader for the congregation year round. The specific duties are listed in the Choir Directors position description.

  • Lead the choral choir including directing, coaching and coordinating voices.
  • Lead the bell choir including directing, coaching, and coordinating players.
  • Conduct the choral choir on the average of twice monthly during Sunday Services throughout the church year.
  • Choose a variety of choral music that is appropriate for our volunteer adult choir.
  • Conduct the bell choir during Sunday Services a minimum of 4 times during the church year.
  • Direct rehearsals for both choirs on a weekly basis, approximately 1-1.5 hours for Ringers and 1.5-2 hours for Singers.
  • Keep choirs informed about rehearsals, performances, and other crucial information via email
  • Participate in long-term music planning in partnership with the minister.
  • Act as song leader up to 3 time a month on Sunday to encourage congregational engagement in singing using a variety of styles.

Music Coordinator (3-4 hours per week on average year round)

The Music Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all musical elements presented for Sundays, holidays, and special services year round. The specific duties are listed in the Music Coordinator’s position description

  • Serves as the administrative head of the music program, supported by the Music Committee, managing the overall schedule, budget, music licensing, music library, and collaboration with other ministry groups within the church.
  • Choose a variety of music for worship, embracing religious, musical, cultural, and human diversity while striving for spiritual and inspirational artistic excellence
  • Coordinate music schedule to ensure coverage for Sundays, holidays and special services, including collaboration with the audio visual team.
  • Coordinate volunteer and professional guest musicians, as well as song leaders for the weekly Sunday services.
    • Maintaining and expanding a list of volunteer musicians from within the congregation that is inclusive of both youth and adults.
  • Communicate about music programs and special events through appropriate channels.
  • Arrange care and maintenance of church instruments including an organ, 2 pianos and bells.
  • Attend staff meetings and Sunday Services Committee meetings in order to facilitate a high level of communication and integration of music throughout the community of People’s Church.
  • Attend Music Committee Meetings requesting assistance for the support of the program.

Other information about the position:

  • The Music Director is expected to join the Unitarian Universalist Musicians’ Network. (Professional development funds are available for this purpose.)
  • We do aspire to enlarge the number and quality of musical offerings and broaden the participation of adults and youth, and are seeking a Music Director willing to further develop and grow a healthy and robust program.
  • People’s Church members have recently participated in a congregational survey that will provide an incoming Music Director with insight for growing our community through music.

Qualifications:

  • Degree in Music, or demonstrated experience in choral conducting, preferably with a congregation or other membership based organization.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills, flexibility, and enthusiasm.
  • Ability to work with, and support, musicians of all ages and ability levels.
  • Knowledge of and respect for the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition.

Compensation and Reporting:

  • Music Director is supervised by the Minister of People’s Church
  • Compensation: $11,000 annual in alignment with Unitarian Universalist Association’s recommendations for fair compensation for 1/3 time position.

Please submit a cover letter and resume for this position to rev.rachel.lonberg@gmail.com.

Leave a Reply