We are seeking a Director of Music to support the delivery of a meaningful worship experience for a vibrant, progressive community of faith.  We are looking for an experienced, capable musician with a broad musical background and the ability to use a variety of music styles.  Expertise on the piano and in choral leadership is mandatory.  Organ skills are an asset.  This is a part time, contract position.  Compensation is competitive and open to negotiation. An interview and audition will be required.

 

Other Skills:

 

  • Ability to lead and accompany choir and congregational singing
  • Willingness to work with a variety of musicians (small groups, band)
  • Willingness to explore a variety of styles of music including contemporary, praise, traditional, gospel, jazz, folk, and world music to enhance worship
  • Ability and willingness to work with children and youth
  • Technology skills such as recording, virtual collaborations
  • Ability and willingness to make connections within the music community
  • Work as a team member with other staff to provide meaningful worship
  • Ability to integrate music throughout the church community
  • Collaboration, team work

 

Expectations:

 

The Music Director is required to provide the music for weekly worship services, direct/rehearse the choir(s), attend weekly staff meetings, monthly Worship Committee meetings, and other meetings/committees as required.  Options for virtual meetings are available.  As this is a contract position, the expectation is that the Music Director arranges/pays for coverage when unavailable.  The Music Director has first right of refusal to provide all music for weddings and funerals held at the church.

 

About Us:

 

Grace United Church is an Affirming church in the north end of Sarnia, Ontario. We strive to live up to our mission of being an inclusive, intergenerational, community partner. We are a busy, engaged congregation that considers music to be central to our worship.  Our staff consists of two ministers, a music director, office administrator, and custodian.  We have an 1895, fully rebuilt, Steinway full size grand piano and a Seiler upright piano, both in excellent condition.  Our organ is a Rogers two manual, digital pipe organ with full foot pedals and a Roland “Sound Canvas” attached. The sanctuary is a modern worship space with a full sound booth, projectors, and screens.  Other instruments available include a Yamaha drum kit, lead and bass guitar with amps, a Korg “TR Music Workstation" digital piano (88 keys) and various percussion instruments such as djembe and bongos.  We currently have a senior choir of approximately 15 people.  We are looking for someone who can expand and revitalize our choral presence during worship. The inclusion of children and youth in music is important to us and an area in which we would like to grow.  Prior to the pandemic we also had a band (rhythm/lead and bass guitar, grand piano, digital piano, drums, solo vocals) that performed semi-regularly. We have an excellent performance space and a number of musicians in the faith community who can provide back-up and support to the Music Director.  There is the opportunity for the Music Director to use the church as a teaching space. 

 

For further information, please contact the church office at 519-542-1203 and a member of the Search Committee will get back to you.  Resumes may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Applications will be accepted until Aug. 26. 2022.