Music at Grace Church

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.)
  2. 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. 


2017 03_19 Full choir in concert black


Our Director of Music and Organist

We welcomed Jonas Dawson as our Director of Music in April 2016. A lifetime Maryland resident, Jonas studied piano and voice privately in Hagerstown, Maryland. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Jonas previously served the congregation of Mt. Vernon Reformed United Church of Christ in Keedysville, Maryland as their Organist and Music Director.


Jonas is also highly sought after as a musical theater music director and piano accompanist, having been involved with over fifty shows with groups in Eastern West Virginia and around Maryland. Jonas helped found the group Being Revived, whose mission is to expose audiences to musicals that are lesser known, or just haven't found their audience yet.



Our Choirs

The Senior Choir prepares music to enhance our worship every Sunday morning from September through mid-June.  Choir rehearsals are held on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m.  If you enjoy singing, and would like to join the choir, please speak to our Director of Music.  Anyone wishing to participate is welcome to join us - no formal audition required!


New members to either choir are always welcome!





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