Part Time - Choral Director, Mayflower Congregational Church

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019 8:33 AM
    Message # 7284873

    Mayflower Congregational Church


    Position: Choral Director

    Reports to: Director of Music


    Mayflower Congregational Church, a growing, vibrant and traditional church of approximately 1,000

    members, seeks a part-time Choir Director, with an anticipated start date during the summer of 2019.

    The ideal candidate will seek to further the mission of the church through his/her work as an

    accomplished choir director, and to embrace his/her role as an integral part of a dynamic 14-member

    church staff. The Choir Director will work effectively with an array of choir volunteers and music

    professionals to demonstrate God’s love and grace, both within our services and throughout our


    Mayflower supports a 50-member adult Chancel Choir and a youth choral program with six, age-specific

    choirs and 150 participants (led by our Children’s Choir Director.) The church’s Tellers-Lauck organ is

    considered a treasured instrument in our community.

    Church Mission Statement

    Mayflower Congregational Church seeks to fulfill the Great Commandment “to love God, neighbor, and

    ourselves” and the Great Commission to baptize and to teach others how to become disciples of Jesus.

    Essential to this mission are values that define our life as a congregation and describe who we wish to

    become. These include:

     We understand faith is a journey.

     We believe God is good, Jesus saves, and the spirit leads us towards faith, hope and love as we

    honor the dignity of all God’s children.

     We are traditional, yet open to innovative ways to express our faith and to worship.

    Worship at Mayflower

    Mayflower worships in a colonial-style sanctuary with a balcony, pews, and a chancel accommodating

    the choir and organ loft. Services follow a traditional Protestant liturgy, and Sunday attendance

    fluctuates between 300-500 people. Our pulpit offers biblical scholarship that interprets current events

    and addresses contemporary topics. The musical program embraces diverse selections from the

    standard historical core repertoire and contemporary pieces evocative of this catalog.

    To Those Interested

    Please send a PDF curriculum vitae, references, and cover letter expressing your interest in the position

    electronically to or by mail to Mayflower Congregational Church,

    att: Music Search Committee, 2345 Robinson Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. Submissions accepted

    through May 10, 2019.

    Mayflower Congregational Church is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principles

    of diversity and inclusion.

    Position Requirements and Compensation

    The part-time Choral Director is an annual, 12-month position responsible for providing musical and

    spiritual leadership for the Chancel Choir in coordination with Director of Music and Clergy. The position

    requires a person with a favorable combination of proven musical acumen, educational achievement,

    creative ideas and strong interpersonal skills.

    A competitive salary is offered commensurate with a candidate’s qualifications and experience. The

    package includes flexible days off and a stipend for Continuing Education.

    Preferred Skills and Experience:

    To perform effectively in this position, the Choral Director should demonstrate the following


    • Knowledge of church choral music appropriate to liturgical requirements
    • Ability to conduct choral groups and ensembles of varying ages and skill levels
    • Ability to work constructively with church musicians of varying ages and skill levels
    • Experience conducting orchestras and instrumental ensembles
    • Ability to recruit and work constructively with volunteers and professionals
    • Effective / positive communication skills
    • Master’s Degree in Music, or equivalent experience

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


    • Encourage and inspire worship leadership through music participation including active

    recruitment, instruction of music skills and musicianship, fellowship opportunities, workshops

    • Foster a sense of community among those participating in the music program and the

    congregation-at-large by establishing and maintaining relationships with volunteers, music

    professionals, and church members

    • Prepare for and lead regularly scheduled mid-week choral rehearsals (September through June)
    • Prepare for and lead Chancel Choir in all music for Sunday morning worship services, large

    choral works with orchestra and any extra rehearsals (average of two annually) including but not

    limited to:

    • Thanksgiving service
    • Advent/Christmas Cantata
    • Christmas Eve
    • Ash Wednesday evening
    • Easter Day
    • Oversee allocation of Section Leader duties in coordination with the Director of Music
    • Part Assignments
    • Special music (solo, duet, instrumental work, etc.)


    • Represent Mayflower and her visions and goals at all professional organizations, events,

    meetings, workshops and conventions

    • Maintain memberships and/or affiliations in appropriate choral and church music professional


    • Seek opportunities to improve skills and broaden experiences through continuing education or

    other, which can be integrated into the church’s choral program

    Administrative, in coordination with the Director of Music

    • Plan the choral music program
    • Attend certain staff and worship planning meetings
    • Organize choir schedule
    • Distribute chosen music in coordination with music librarian
    • Contact and recruit soloists and/or instrumentalists as needed
    • Work with staff to develop and grow the overall ministry of the church
    • Maintain choral library and coordinate volunteers

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