P/T Choir and Handbell Director

Christ United Methodist Church

Rockford, IL 61107

Category: Worship Leader

Posted on: March 14, 2016

Time Type: Part Time

Job Description:

Job Summary:
The Choir and/or Handbell Director is responsible for creating, preparing and directing the choirs in worship and for special events. This job can be filled by one or two people depending on directing and musical interests and skills.

Essential Functions:
*Order and/or choose music from existing files, if at all possible, to support scripture and worship theme, as well as choose hymns for worship. The pastoral staff has final say on all music used in worship.
*Prepare and lead regular choir and/or handbell rehearsals from September May, coordinate choir rehearsals with the accompanist. Optional possibility for one choir performance each month in the summer.
*Prepare and distribute rehearsal schedules and other communications.
*Direct choir(s) in worship at 8:00 and 9:30 services, usually 3 times per month (choir two times, handbells once).
*Work with Director of Worship Arts on music for special services: Christmas Cantata, and Christmas Eve and Lenten Services, etc.
*Recruit and train new singers/ringers to join the choirs, as well engage with other musical talent within the congregation to encourage participation in worship.
*Meet regularly with Director of Worship Arts for planning.
*Work with Director of Worship Arts to schedule, recruit, and rehearse musicians for special music during the summer, for special services or events, and when the choirs are not scheduled.
*Direct Our Master's Center Chancel Choir rehearsals, if possible.

Other Responsibilities:
*Maintain choir and handbell music in organized manner
*Maintain and service hand bells, handbell tables, and equipment.
*Coordinate setting-up and taking-down of bell tables and bells, as needed.
*Prepare handbell choir to participate in the annual Bell Jubellee, if desired by majority of handbell choir.
*Write articles for weekly e-news and monthly Flame, as needed.

*Prepare the choir to sing at Wesley Willows, or other venue at least once a year.
*If possible, provide piano accompaniment for soloists in worship and special events within the church.
*Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
High School Diploma (or equivalent).
Pass background check.
Background in directing choirs and choosing worship music.
Effective oral and written communication skills, and able to work in a team environment.
Proficient in use of current software and equipment, or willing to learn.  

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P/T Choir and Handbell Director
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Part Time
$20,000 - 30,000
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1000 - 1500

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Mitzi Williams
4509 Highcrest Road
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