USNF DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
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Job Advertisement

Who We Are:

The Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence is a mid-size Unitarian Universalist congregation with a history of excellence in music, a passion for social justice, and a worship program that seeks to inspire and involve us all. We have been ably served during a two-year interim and now seek a Music Director who will be passionate about music as a way of bringing people together and reflecting our values.

Position Summary: Part-time Music Director (approx 15 hours/week, Sept – June).

Plan, oversee and conduct our Sunday morning music program, direct the choir, and work in collaboration with a newly formed Music Council on bringing music to aspects of congregational life beyond Sunday morning.

We seek someone who will bring energy, vision and commitment, respecting our existing musical traditions and bringing additional vibrancy and musical diversity.

To apply, please email application materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Review of applicants will commence upon receipt and continue until the position is filled.

Job Description

1. Responsibilities

Worship

  • In collaboration with the Minister and other service leaders, plan, oversee and conduct the music for all worship services including December’s special services: Service of Loss and Christmas Eve (2). Incorporate a variety of musical styles, genres and instruments.
  • Rehearse and direct the choir or other Sunday morning singers, with a goal of growing membership and increasing choir appearances in services from 1-2 to 2-3 Sundays per month
  • Arrange for occasional outside musicians and one annual “musical Sunday” that features music as the centerpiece of the worship service.  Recruit and schedule substitute musicians (piano or organ) to provide music for services approximately six Sundays Sept-June.
  • Collaborate to devise and implement opportunities for broader congregant participation in singing and other musical offerings in worship, including occasional evenings on days other than Sundays.
  • Provide music for member memorial services as requested or recruit a substitute.  (Additional compensation provided by the family.)

Administration

  • Communicate professionally and responsively with staff, members, and existing and prospective choir members
  • Maintain the music library
  • Provide music information for the Sunday bulletin (“order of meeting”) in a timely manner, including brief musical background notes
  • Prepare for and lead weekly choir rehearsals
  • Prepare budget recommendations as requested, and administer the approved budget for purchased music and outside performers
  • Be familiar with sound system and able to troubleshoot
  • Schedule piano and organ tunings and maintenance

Other

  • Be present for weekly check-ins and at least bi-weekly planning meetings with the minister
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and volunteer Music Council meetings
  • Respond conscientiously to unanticipated schedule requests (e.g. memorial services)
  • Working with a team of member volunteers, build ways to further the Society’s stated plans by weaving music into other offerings beyond Sunday worship.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Faith Formation and Community Engagement to support annual youth service as needed.

2. Qualifications

Required:

  • Excellent pianist proficient in a variety of genres and styles, including choir and hymn accompaniment as well as solo presentation
  • Enthusiastic choral leader able to work well with singers of diverse musical backgrounds and abilities
  • Creative musician and leader who relates and works well with people of all ages
  • Organized and self-directed, with a willingness and ability to plan ahead, and to work collaboratively with the minister, lay leaders, and other staff
  • Enthusiastic about engaging the congregation in making music together
  • Familiar with the variety of musicians and musical opportunities in our area, OR has demonstrated a capacity for making and maintaining musical connections in their current community
  • Respects diverse religious traditions and the Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association (https://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles)
  • Willing to join the UU Association for Music Ministries and adhere to its standards of professional practice and conduct.  (Fee will be paid by USNF.)
    https://www.uua.org/sites/live-new.uua.org/files/mlcp_uumm_code_of_professional_practice.pdf

Desired:

  • Ability to play the organ for some hymns.  Greater facility is a plus.
  • Improvisational skills (keyboard, other)
  • Comfortable with informal public speaking
  • Familiarity with broad range of choral music including music appropriate for UU worship settings

3. Compensation: $15,000, 42 weeks, (35-36 Sundays) Sept - June, approximately 650 hours