Seeking Music Director

A Music Director/Pianist is being sought by Arlington Temple United Methodist Church in Rosslyn, the community in Arlington, Virginia that is across the Potomac River from Georgetown.

About the church and the music program:

Our congregation is both diverse and international.  The volunteer choir is small but dedicated, and it includes a paid soprano.  Music is coordinated with the pastor.  There is a music budget, and the choral library is substantial for a small church.  Two baby grand pianos, an Allen organ and a portable electronic keyboard are available.

Schedule:

A typical Sunday for the music director involves accompanying congregational singing, directing the choir anthem and playing the prelude, offertory and postlude for the 10:30 AM service, in addition to leading choir rehearsals before (9:30-10:20) and after (11:45-12:30) the service.  Participation in Christmas Eve, Holy Week and Easter services is expected.  At other times absences and the use of substitutes can be arranged.  The time commitment – including the Sunday schedule, preparation time and the selection and acquisition of music – should be about ten hours/week.

Hybrid worship:

The church is currently worshipping in person and on Zoom simultaneously.  With a little training the music director should become comfortable with operating and maneuvering a laptop computer (with an internal camera) and a separate microphone during the service, so that the choral and instrumental music can be seen and heard by people at home.  If the church decides to meet only on Zoom, then the music director would take part from home via computer, and we would probably not have a choir anthem, although we should be able to include soloists.

A new building:

Sometime in 2022, the church plans to begin meeting in interim space (location to be determined) for three or more years, because we are going to construct a new building at our present location.  The music director must be comfortable using a portable keyboard, if necessary, and, most importantly, should be excited about serving the church during this long but hope-filled transition.

Expectations:

We appreciate anthems that challenge choir members to become better musicians.  We also would like to include a variety of traditional and contemporary Christian music of quality, as well as church music from other cultures, for both the choir and the congregation as a whole.

Details:

Minimum requirements:  prior experience as a church music or choral director and good keyboard skills.  A music degree is a plus.  Salary will be based on experience and skills.  The range is $15,000-$17,000 annually, with four paid Sundays off each year.  Send a letter and resume to James Armstrong either at armstrong.james.alan@gmail.com or c/o Arlington Temple United Methodist Church, 1835 North Nash Street, Arlington, VA  22209-1519.