Current opportunities:
Minister of Music
Tenor Section Leader

MINISTER OF MUSIC

Memorial Congregational Church (UCC), Sudbury, MA seeks a half-time Minister of Music to walk together with us as we worship God and serve humanity. Our next Minister of Music will be an accomplished organist and choir director who will appreciate, nurture, and manage our strong, dedicated, and diverse musical ministries, as well as closely collaborate with our Senior Pastor in crafting worship services. We seek a person who will live out our practice of welcome, acceptance, affirmation, and connection in the spirit of Jesus, within the choir loft, the pews, and the greater community.

This is a half-time position from September through June. During those months the Minister of Music will be responsible for planning and providing music for weekly Sunday morning worship services, including organ music and directing the Senior Choir; conducting weekly Senior Choir rehearsals on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings; collaborating with directors of our other established ensembles; and providing organ and choral music for special seasonal services.

Competitive salary commensurate with training and experience.

Please send cover letter, resume, and any supporting materials to: search [at] MCCsudbury.org

JOB DESCRIPTION

Accountability

  • Reports to Senior Pastor
  • Meets regularly with staff to plan, coordinate and execute MCC’s programs and ministries.
  • Meets monthly with music committee

Responsibilities

  • Worship planning: Provide music for Sunday morning and seasonal/special worship services (organ music, choral music, instrumental music, vocal soloists, etc.) that enhances and reflects the service’s theme and texts. Select music (other than preludes and postludes)  for summer worship services.
  • Senior choir: Lead rehearsals (Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings), including the use of thorough warm-ups and vocal pedagogy to teach technique and prepare the choir to be worship leaders through inspiring anthems and other service music.
  • Recruit and supervise paid tenor section leader
  • Other music groups (see below): Supervise paid directors and manage volunteer leaders. Coordinate scheduling and participation in worship services.
  • Concerts: opportunity to create and direct fall and spring concerts and annual December Messiah Sing (with orchestra), in conjunction with music committee
  • Leadership: using MCC’s strong foundation of tradition and innovation, help us hear where God is calling us next.
  • Care and Support: nurture and encourage Senior Choir members and others by providing an environment of inclusion and sense of community.
  • Manage and maintain program budget

Musical Resources

Music groups:
(a selection of pieces can be found here)

  • Led by Minister of Music
    • Senior Choir: Approximately 23 people with core group of 16 dedicated singers with a wide variety of musical backgrounds and training who come together to grow in ability and develop a sense of community and spirituality through music. Choristers are receptive to direction with an attention to detail that has earned respect in the Metrowest area among church choirs.
    • Paid Tenor Section Leader
  • Overseen by Minister of Music
    • Led by staff Director of Youth Choirs:
      • Cherub Choir: nurtures youngest singers (ages 0-5). Meets weekly, enjoying music and movement with a variety of fun activities and instruments with a parent or caregiver. Sings for worship approximately once per month.
      • Junior Choir: for youth in kindergarten through grade 4 (5th graders who do not attend youth group are also welcome). Meet for 45 minutes of singing and games where they explore what it means to make music at church in a fun, energetic, and welcoming environment.
      • Gospel Choir: for singers in grades 6 through 12. Repertoire includes traditional spirituals, rounds, world folk music, a cappella music, madrigals, and pop and show tunes with an inspirational message. A coed group that sings 3 and 4 part music and sings frequently in church services and other church events.
    • Led by staff Sudbury Bell Ringers Director:
      • Bells: The Sudbury Bell Ringers have been ringing for over five decades. Made up mostly of adults, currently has 11 members who play level 2-3 music. Play in worship roughly 4-6 times per year and perform throughout the community.
    • Led by volunteer congregation member:
      • Covenant: an ensemble with guitar, bass, drums, keys, and vocals of all ages that provides occasional music for worship, concerts and other events. The repertoire mainly includes contemporary Christian music in a rock/pop style.

Instruments

  • a three-manual Ruffatti/Rodgers combination digital/pipe organ with 13 ranks of pipes
  • Yamaha C3 grand piano
  • a Hubbard French-style double-manual harpsichord (with transposer and peau-de-buffle),
  • 5 octaves of Whitechapel handbells and 5 octaves of Suzuki handchimes
  • Clavinova PF Digital Piano
  • Steinway Console Piano
  • Samick Upright Piano
  • Two timpani and a bass drum
  • Children’s instruments

Extensive music library, including works ranging from 16th to 21st century, as well as compositions by members of our congregation


Tenor Section Leader Wanted

Thursday Rehearsal 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday Rehearsal and Service 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

other opportunities include:
solo work for concerts and worship services
annual December Messiah-Sing with orchestra
annual Spring Concert, usually featuring a major choral work

Christmas Eve and other special services

$75 per call (rehearsal or service, no more than 3 hours)
September to June (no calls in July or August)

For more information or to set up an audition,
email Cathy – MinisterOfMusic [at] MCCsudbury.org or
leave a message at 978-443-3885 mailbox 3

 


For more information, contact us.

MCC is a progressive Christian congregation of the United Church of Christ. MCC is open to and accepting of all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, marital status or financial situation. Most areas of the building are universally accessible; the Church School wing is accessible by portable ramps present in the building. An accessible, gender-neutral, family restroom with changing table is available.