Position Opening: Choir Director and Pianist

Submitted by Jay C. Treat on Tue, 07/16/2019 - 4:35 pm

Marple Christian Church seeks a part-time choir director and pianist/organist.

The Position:

The part-time choir director is responsible for musical leadership of the congregation. He or she develops, directs and accompanies an adult worship choir so that it is able to sing songs from a wide variety of musical styles, both traditional and contemporary.

Supervision:

The choir director is under the direct supervision of our pastor and works closely with her to plan and provide music for the congregation’s worship services.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide piano (or organ) musical accompaniment during regular Sunday morning services and other special services (Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Maundy Thursday) throughout the year; including hymns, anthems, preludes, service music, offertories, music during communion and transitions, and postludes on organ or piano.
  2. Direct our Chancel Choir (while accompanying) during weekly Sunday worship services and during special services during choir season (September through May).
  3. Hold regular choir rehearsals during choir season to prepare the Choir to sing at Sunday worship services.
  4. Work collaboratively with the pastor in the selection of choral music.
  5. Provide other musical leadership and accompaniment as needed.

Qualifications:

  1. Extensive piano and organ skill, including the ability to sight-read simple hymns in four-part harmony and make simple improvisations during transitions in worship.
  2. Knowledge of a wide variety of traditional and contemporary musical styles; ability to play them proficiently on organ and piano; and ability to teach these styles to the choir.
  3. Ability to lead the congregation in hymns and to accompany the choir, and solo musicians and vocalists.
  4. Familiarity with Christian hymns, anthems, and instrumental music in a variety of styles.
  5. Ability to direct and motivate a volunteer adult church choir.
  6. Formal training in music (or equivalent experience and knowledge).
  7. Willingness and ability to work cooperatively with the pastor and collegially with the choir.
  8. Ability to select music that complements the liturgical season and the style of worship.
  9. Effective interpersonal communication and teamwork skills.
  10. Solid planning and organizational skills.
  11. Flexibility
  12. Christian faith is a plus.

Hours and Salary:

During choir season (approximately September through May), the choir director can expect to spend 3 hours a week in directing and accompanying, plus time for planning and practice. Compensation is $250 for each week in the choir season, $125 for each week during the summer months, and includes one week of paid time off.

About us:

Marple Christian Church is a small congregation in Broomall, Pennsylvania. We are part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a mainline ecumenical Protestant denomination. Our Sunday worship service begins at 11:00 a.m. during choir season and at 10:00 a.m. during the summer. Choir season typically lasts from the second Sunday in September to the second Sunday in June. On the first Sunday of each month, our worship takes a somewhat contemporary format; on other Sundays, it follows a more traditional style.

Our choir consists of ten volunteer adult singers (SATB) who have sung together for years. It rehearses for one evening hour once a week and then briefly on Sunday morning before worship. It sings for all services, except during the summer months and four times a year when our church band plays. During a typical worship service, the choir sings a call to worship, an anthem, and two responses (a prayer response and a final amen or benediction).

Inquiries and Applications:

Contact Jay Treat (jayctreat@gmail.com or 610-800-3276).