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Director of Music wanted!

Grace United Church of Christ, Frederick MD, is pleased to announce the following position:






Position Title                  Director of Music and Organist


Reports to                       Senior Pastor


Deadline:                        July 15, 2022


Start Date:                      September 1, 2022




Summary of Posting:  To direct the music ministry of a local UCC congregation including senior choir. To recruit and train paid section leaders, pick music on a weekly basis and hire instrumentalists for special services. To lead mid-week (was 2x/month but presently not happening) and Sunday morning (weekly) choir practices. The Director of Music will be responsible for providing music (accompanying hymns and choir music and selecting service music) for all worship services including Advent German language liturgy. Additional duties may include funerals and weddings (as available with honoraria) and oversight of hand bell or children’s choir directors as appropriate.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide all music for Sunday morning worship and other stated times of the year, including but not exclusive of Ash Wednesday evening, Christmas Eve services and other special occasions, including occasional German services.
  2. Recruit for, rehearse, and direct the Senior choir.
  3. Plan the music program in cooperation with the minister(s), individual, group, or committee in charge of the worship service and consult with other staff members and groups through the year as(The Director of Music shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Worship and Education Ministry Commission.)
  4. Select and purchase music within financial guidelines stated in the church’s annual budget.
  5. In the event of illness or emergency, contact the Worship and Music Commission Chairperson and/or minister(s) so that emergency arrangements can beKeep an active substitutes list and a directory of guest musicians available for use in worship.
  6. Administration of the "Friends of the Choir Budget"

Other Responsibilities:

  1. Submit budget requests for next fiscal year to the Worship and Education Ministry Commission each year.
  2. Submit to the church office each year an annual written summary of the musical activities for the church’s annual report.
  3. Be responsible for upkeep of the organ, grand piano, and rehearsal piano and report problems to the Finance and Property Ministry.This responsibility can be delegated.
  4. Secure substitute musicians for Sundays and vacation days and other special guest musicians.
  5. Organize and maintain the music library utilizing, when available,
  6. Designate a choir member to oversee the regular cleaning and upkeep of the choir robes.


Optional Responsibilities:


  1. Weddings and Funerals

Director of Music shall be given first consideration to play for weddings and funerals as his/her schedule allows. (A fee for each service will be paid by the family or couple.)

  1. Other Organ and Grand Piano Users

The Director of Music shall approve the use of the organ and grand piano prior to use by responsible students and other musicians.

Skills , Abilities and Equipment Knowledge Required for the Position:

  1. A minimum of a Bachelor's in music, with preference to a degree in organ or choral conducting
  2. Appropriate experience in the field.
  3. Shall have proficiencies in choral direction, musical accompaniment.
  4. Shall be well established in local music community.
  5. Be open to working with a diverse faith community and committed to a safe space where all are welcome.


This position reports to the Pastor with input from Worship and Education Ministry Commission. 


Justification of position:

Hours spent on this job:

Time at church on Thursdays and Sundays                          6 per week

Keyboard practice for church-related music                          3 per week

Administrative time                                                                5 per week

              (selecting music, communicating with choir, pastor, planning, coaching interns)                      

                               TOTAL                                                                         14 hours per week


Note: Grace UCC is an Open and Affirming faith community. Employment is open to all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression or sexual orientation. 




Urgent Update Grace Church Covid Policy



With the grace of God, Covid-19 rates have continually dropped in Maryland. We are happy to REOPEN in-person services! Masks are optional but recommended for those who are high risk or not vaccinated. 

We look forward to see you all again in person!  



Pastor Rob+   


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