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Church of the Palms

The Music Program Director for the Church of the Palms leads the church's music program and has responsibility for directing the choir, coordinating the music for the various services including handbells and chimes. The Music Director will work closely with the pastor and accompanist in coordinating music for the services as well as for special programs such as the Christmas and Easter Cantatas, Holy Week programs, and Hymn Sing held annually each year.

Goals:

To lead people of all ages in the congregation in music-making experiences so that they may grow in understanding the Christian faith and music's role in that faith

To inspire the congregation through music

To create beautiful music that evokes the Holy Spirit

To lead a music program that encourages participation

To faithfully nurture the love of music within our congregation

To challenge our choir members and teach them the skills to succeed

To broaden our music program for our congregation

To align all aspects of our music ministry with our sermons, scriptures, and mission

 

Functions:

*Direct the Chancel Choir in weekly rehearsals

*Direct the adult handbell and chimes choir

*Supervise any volunteer or paid soloists and musicians

*Provide leadership in the publicizing of any church musical events

*Manage the recruitment and encouragement of choir members, soloists, and instrumentalists

*Submit the financial needs of the church's music ministry to the appropriate church committee

*Provide guidance in the use of hymns, service music, soloists and musicians for Sundays and special services as a member of the Worship Committee

*Make recommendations, as needed, to the COTP pastor, SPRC Worship Committee and Church Council on matters that would strengthen the worship ministry of the Church

*Work in support of other ministry areas, on an as-needed basis to plan, prepare and/or provide special music (e.g. special church events, children/adult ministry events)

*Meet on a regular basis with our Pastor to coordinate the music with the service lectionary

*Participate in the selection of an Accompanist

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience in managing multiple programs

  • People skills with an ability to inspire volunteers

  • A Bachelors/Masters degree in music education and/or equivalent experience

  • Three years of music leadership experience

Choral piano skills a plus

Core Competencies:

Interpersonal skills: Demonstrates the ability to lead others; demonstrates the skills of active listening and openly accepts constructive criticism; productively engages and resolves interpersonal conflicts; holds others accountable in a spirit of love; engages diverse groups positively with optimism and is welcoming to all.

Team Building Skills: Guides choir members and musicians in the process of sharing best practices in order to identify and solve common problems; works with church leaders to regularly assess the health of teams and musical groups; recognizes dysfunctional team behavior and redirects it to functional behavior; and creates and communicates vision, direction, and goals for the team.

Spiritual Maturity: Has a robust Christian faith that models faithful practices; exhibits humility, teachability, accountability, and leadership; demonstrates an understanding of Christian principles and the scriptures as well as familiarity with Christian music in a variety of styles; and ability to suggest appropriate hymns based on the church season, sermon themes, position in the services and other factors.

Influencing Others: Encourages others to cooperate and participate; provides resources that support sound decision-making; encourages respect for others and generates energy, passion, and commitment to the music program; and creates a comfortable atmosphere that is inviting to others.

If interested in this position, please contact Dan Collins, Chairperson of COTP Staff Parish Relations Committee, Pastor Pete Bernston or any member of the SPRC Committee at Church of the Palms, UMC, 1425 Okatie Hwy., Okatie, S.C. 29909

 

 

First Baptist Church of Hilton Head      

Location: 100 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head

Posting Date:  February 19, 2020

Job starting date:  Immediately

Title: Church Pianist

Job Type: Part-time

Minimum Education:

Minimum Experience: 10 years of piano experience; 3 years church-related experience

Salary: $125.00 - $150.00 per week

Number of Weekly Services: 1

Number of Weekly Rehearsals: 2

Hours: 5 (maximum)

Ensembles:

Organ Description:

Benefits:

Contact Person: Rev. Richard Wade (843-785-4478)

 

Scope of Position:  Responsible for playing for congregational services, special worship events, accompanying musical groups and assisting in other musical activities of the church.

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Arrive prior to all scheduled worship services, special events, and rehearsals to ensure timely start times for all events.

  • Play for all services of the church, both regular and special as directed by the Minister of Music.

  • Accompany choir rehearsals as directed by the Minister of Music.

  • Serve as accompanist for ensembles and soloists as needed.

  • Play offertory piano solos periodically for worship services.

  • Inform the Minister of Worship of needed tuning or maintenance of piano.

  • Adhere to church-approved guidelines as set forth in First Baptist Church’s Bylaws and Personnel Manual.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Have a consistent, growing relationship with God.

  • Be committed to pursuing excellence through music for the glory of God.

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills.

  • 10 years of piano experience and 3 years of church-related experience.

  • Ability to play medium to difficult choral music.

  • Pleasant, professional, creative, and reliable in all aspects of their work and in their relationships with the church family and community including positive interactions with others and maintaining a professional demeanor, appearance, and attitude. 

  • Strong team spirit and a servant’s heart.

  • Ability to work well with volunteers in a service-oriented environment.

Our Mission:

"To enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this, we: Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music; Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors; Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support; Nurture future generations of organists; Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music."

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