Position Available

Job Description
Montreat Presbyterian Church
Director of Music

Hours: 20/week year round, salaried (Actual work may vary seasonally.)

Compensation: Salary in accordance with professional guidelines* based on education and experience. Person filling this position will be an employee of MPC and will report to the Head of Staff.  Some benefits may be offered, negotiable. (*Presbyterian Association of Musicians and American Guild of Organists both offer guidelines.)

Position Requirements:

  • Professional level piano skills for both solo playing and accompaniment
  • Demonstrated ability to direct choir which includes:
    • Capability of teaching music to adults and, in some cases, children
    • Able to establish healthy rapport with choristers and other musicians
    • Growing individuals to become better singers individually and collectively
  • Experience both planning and playing for worship services in conjunction with the pastor
  • Capable of reading and instructing vocal music in all clefs for all parts
  • Professional interaction and positive demeanor among members of the public, congregants, worship committee and other lay leadership, and church staff

Preferred additional skills:

  • Ability to perform and accompany on the organ
  • Experience in incorporating music and its history into the Christian Education program

Job expectations:

  1. Provide piano music and accompaniment for Sunday worship services: hymns and liturgical music, ordinarily including prelude, offertory and postlude
  2. Arrange/provide for occasional choral and instrumental music to augment the worship experience
  3. Lead choral rehearsals that are both productive and enjoyable
  4. Meet regularly with the pastor to coordinate approach and detailed plans for worship
    1. Plan music based on the scriptural and liturgical emphases of each individual service
    2. Assist pastor with selection of appropriate hymns
    3. Help congregation learn unfamiliar pieces as appropriate

Additional Information

At Montreat Presbyterian, worship is central to who we are and congregational expectations for the quality of music are high. Music that lifts the soul and matches the intended mood of the service and enhances the worship experience, bringing participants closer to God, is preferred to the absence of choir, vocal soloists, or other instrumentation.

Care must be taken that the music in all our services points beyond itself to God, and that the joy of performing never overshadows the purpose of worship music.

The musician’s professional training and judgement are to be respected and incorporated in decision making regarding all facets of the music program. In the Presbyterian Church, the pastor has the final responsibility for worship, and so must retain authority over the direction of worship, including musical matters.

Because we are a “church without walls”, i.e. we utilize worship space in conjunction with Montreat Conference Center, the musician who accepts this position must have their own office and practice space. In addition, this individual must be flexible with our unique schedule, where we worship with MCC during the summer months on Sunday and have a short, informal service on Saturday.

Please email the following to office@montreatchurch.org  to the attention of Mary Jo Wright:

Cover Letter
Resume (Resume must include 3 references with phone and email contact information)

Deadline is November 1, 2018