Trinity Presbyterian Church
- Type of Position: Full-Time
- Education Requirement: Bachelor's
- Experience Requirement: 2-3 years
- Date Posted: March 5, 2018
Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18b-20)
Lead Trinity Presbyterian Church in fulfilling Paul’s charge stated in Ephesians 5:18b-20 by planning, organizing, staffing and directing the music ministries of Trinity Presbyterian Church in accordance with the vision and mission of our congregation.
The Director of Music should demonstrate personal faith in Jesus Christ that is visible through actions and passion for worship and music.
- Creativity in music and worship; adept at classical, traditional, contemporary, and emerging Christian music
- Good people skills and genuine love for children, youth, and adults
- Self-confidence in leadership roles
- Demonstrated cross-generational teaching skills
- Organized, resourceful, initiator
- Cooperative, collegial, team player
- Maintains a spirit of professionalism and reverence in musical offerings, seeking to bring glory and honor to God
- Attends church functions beyond worship services
- Bachelor’s degree in Music, Music Education, or similar; Master’s preferred
- Two or more years’ experience directing church music programs
- Knowledgeable in the faith and practices of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and worship in the Reformed Protestant tradition
- Multiple music skills – conducting orchestra/ensemble, keyboard accompaniment skills, solo instrumental and /or vocal presentation, handbell ensemble (and minor maintenance of handbells)
- Demonstrated effective leadership skills, working effectively with adults, youth and children
- Ability to initiate and complete plans and projects without supervision
- Attend weekly staff meetings, serve as music representative at monthly Worship Committee meetings, and meet with other committee chairmen/organizations as necessary
- Develop a music budget in consultation with the Worship Committee
- Purchase new music and music supplies, keeping within the budget set by the session. Maintain music and supplies in an organized and accessible manner
- Recommend maintenance for the church's musical instruments, as necessary, arrange for service, and be available to receive service technicians
- Coordinate with part time and volunteer musicians to provide for the musical accompaniment (piano, organ, and/or praise band) for Sunday morning worship services as well as pre-service warm-up with choirs and sound checks with special musicians (unless alternative arrangements have been made)
- Recruit, develop, coordinate, and lead choirs (Chancel Choir, Hand Bell choir, Praise Band, and Youth Choir) for practice and presentation of all musical offerings throughout the year
- Coordinate, develop, and lead soloists, small groups/ensembles and special music opportunities, for practice and presentation of musical offerings throughout the year, including the combining of different musical groups to participate together
- Coordinate children's choirs (with volunteers) and assist with the integration of music into children's spiritual formation opportunities
- Provide an atmosphere of acceptance, mutual support, and encouragement that nurtures, fosters fellowship and motivates growth as the choirs expand their musical knowledge and repertoire, helping them reach their potential and best use of their musical gifts
- Prepare for and conduct weekly rehearsals of all musical groups with the use of proper techniques, including selection of anthems, hymns (in conjunction with the Minister), etc., as well as extra rehearsals as needed for Christmas, Easter and other special performances, including a Summer youth choir tour
- Provide (or provide for) a variety of musical styles (e.g. classical, traditional, Celtic, Americana/roots, jazz, bluegrass, contemporary, etc.) to create a worshipful atmosphere appropriate to the liturgical calendar and enhance the congregation's worship experience
- Collaboratively plan worship with the Ministers and the Worship Committee. Meet with the Ministers on a regular basis to discuss hymns and music for worship services and research hymns to support sermon scripture. (The Book of Order states that the Ministers are ultimately responsible for the music performed at worship services). Communicate worship service music selections in a timely manner for inclusion in worship bulletins
- Coordinate the church's efforts to periodically host concert performances of artists representing a variety of musical styles
- Serve as primary contact person in managing requests for use of church instruments including requests from private music teachers for recitals
- Arrange for temporary replacement during sickness, holidays, or other leave of absence
- Maintain positive and constructive communications with the congregation, the Session, relevant committees, and the staff, accepting constructive feedback and entertaining suggestions
- This list is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by the supervisor
- Maintain and grow professional competence through regular music practice and continuing education, and by participating in special music conferences such as PAM’s (Presbyterian Association of Musicians) Worship and Music Conferences at Montreat or other appropriate opportunities
- The Director of Music is full time employee exclusively dedicated to supporting the music ministry of Trinity Presbyterian Church, including frequent evening and weekend responsibilities, except for outside professional activities explicitly approved by Trinity
- The Director of Music reports to and is supervised by the Senior Minister/ Head of Staff, with Session oversight by the Worship and Personnel Teams
- The compensation, work environment, hours of work, and benefits are recommended by the Personnel Committee and approved by the Session of Trinity Presbyterian Church
- The annual review of job performance is conducted by the Worship Committee and the Senior Minister/Head of Staff and then presented to the Personnel Committee
Terms of Employment:
- All terms of employment are governed by the Trinity Presbyterian Church Personnel Policies and Procedures Handbook and all applicable employment laws
- Salary $40,000-$60,000 commensurate with education and experience
- Benefits include 2 weeks of vacation per year and one week of paid inservice or continuing education
About Trinity Presbyterian Church:
A community of faith seeking and sharing the light of Christ in service to the world. In 1957, Trinity was established in a growing family neighborhood. We remain committed to fostering growth, with a focus on appealing to younger families while maintaining our traditions and attention to senior members. Our goal is to prayerfully nurture people of all ages and stages of faith toward Christian maturity by the way we live, learn, worship, fellowship, apply scripture, and care for God’s kingdom together. Trinity is a community of love demonstrating support and respect for each other. We encourage each other, giving freedom to seek and discover while providing means to grow in our individual purpose. Service is the hallmark of Trinity’s congregation utilizing our talents, energy, imagination and love in response to God’s love and call to action. Our fellowship activities develop sincere and lasting relationships between Christians of all ages to bolster the personal witness, love, support, and mentoring among members of the Church family.
About Our Music Program:
Our Sunday Morning Worship Service is a unique blend of our richly rooted traditional hymns and liturgy, mixed with the vibrant energy of contemporary worship in music and song creating a welcoming atmosphere for all.
The Chancel Choir is comprised of 30-35 volunteers, which provides anthems and service music every Sunday. This choir rehearses every Wednesday evening at 7:15 p.m. and is open to all who enjoy singing.
The Praise Band has 6-8 volunteers and provides a more contemporary style of music that is accompanied by guitars, drums and keyboard. This group practices every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. This group is open to any who wish to share their passion for contemporary worship music.
The Children’s Choir provides opportunities for children from preschool up through middle school to learn music and share their talents in worship services throughout the year.
The Youth Choir is available for our high school aged young adults. In addition to providing music for worship services throughout the year, they frequently participate in outside ministry by taking a weeklong tour to out of town churches and retirement homes. The Youth Choir rehearses on Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
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