Website Salem Lutheran Church
SALEM LUTHERAN CHURCH
POSITION: Coordinator of Music Ministry–Organist/Accompanist, Creative Arts Programs.
Category of Employment: Permanent Part Time, 25 hours/week, Salaried Position.
QUALIFICATIONS: Salem Lutheran Church seeks an enthusiastic Coordinator of Music
Ministry Creative Arts Programs to provide spiritual enrichment through music ministry. The
Coordinator collaborates with various individuals, groups, and committees within the church.
This person must be forward thinking and work flexibly with diverse populations and a variety
of musical styles, and knowledge of Lutheran Liturgy. Degree in music or commensurate
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: To the Pastor; also relates to the Executive Committee who serves as the Personnel Committee.
WORKING RELATIONSHIPS: The Coordinator of Music Ministry works cooperatively with the Pastor, church staff, musical ensembles, worship committee, and musicians (i.e.: Saturday night accompanist).
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Coordinate schedules and oversee all musical groups and special music for services
throughout the year. This includes rehearsals, worship, and the music themes therein.
Services: Salem Lutheran Church currently has three services each weekend. Saturday
evening and two on Sunday morning. Additional services include Lenten, Easter, Advent
and Christmas. Other special services may be scheduled.
The Coordinator of Music Ministry/organist/accompanist normally provides a prelude,
postlude, and offertory music as well as accompanies hymns, liturgical music, and,
anthems performed by choirs, soloists or other music ensembles. The Coordinator of
Music Ministry coordinates music for all services.
Understanding of basic computer technology and virtual platforms/models for alternative
electronic methods for worship music ministry.
* Memorial Services/Funerals: The church organist/accompanist shall have the right of
first refusal to play for memorial services/funerals. When special circumstances apply,
an outside musician may be used with the approval of the Coordinator of Music
Ministry. Fees will be consistent with American Guild of Organists (AGO) guidelines, to
be paid by the family.
*Weddings: The church organist/accompanist shall have the right of first refusal to play
for weddings. When special circumstances apply, an outside musician may be used with
the approval of the Coordinator of Music Ministry. The church’s wedding information
policy suggests fees consistent with AGO guidelines. This fee is to be negotiated
between the wedding party and musicians and is not the responsibility of Salem Lutheran
* Direct (September through May): Coordinator of Music candidate may choose to direct
all Creative Arts Programs (IE: Adult Choir, Children’s Choir, Hand bells, Puppet
Ministry) with additional pay or otherwise led by stipend paid directors for Creative Arts
Programs. Set up and take down of equipment requires volunteer assistance from
members of the groups.
*Rehearsals (September through May): Lead/coordinate rehearsals of the Creative arts
programs as needed. Working with other musicians may require additional rehearsal time, including summers, when special musicians may provide music during worship.
*Participate in meetings convened by the pastor, executive council/congregational church
council and/or worship committee, for worship planning. Submit monthly written report
to congregational church council.
*Communicate regularly with the pastor regarding music selections to complement
worship themes. Quarterly/seasonally convenes meetings of church staff, committees
and music volunteers
*Participate in meetings of church staff, committees and music volunteers to provide
for a unified and diverse music ministry program, providing guidance and assistance
*Encourage church members to participate in various music groups and cultivate
collegiality among musicians, staff, congregation and wider community outreach.
*Identify, and recruit new members to share vocal and instrumental talents with the
congregation in worship and other settings.
*Organize, administer and implement music for special worship services and events,
consistent with agreed upon plans and programs. Monitor a procurement and
maintenance schedule for music program properties, including the music library, robes,
pianos, (including tuning of), organ, hand bells, programming of Carillon, and other
music instruments and equipment.
Compliance with licensing agreements and copyright procedures as required.
*Secure contract musicians for special occasions, adhering to the budget determined by
the Worship Committee and congregational council.
*Recommend to the Worship committee, finance committee and congregational church
council an annual budget for the music ministry program.
*Collaborate with Youth and Family Coordinator in communicating Music Ministry
*Submit all music details for weekly worship bulletin and monthly newsletter.
*Other responsibilities, consistent with the job description, as may be assigned by the
Pastor, the Worship Committee, and/or the Executive Council/Personnel Committee.
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