Asbury United Methodist Church
Saturday, October 21, 2017
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Director of Chancel Choir

Asbury United Methodist Church



Position Description:


 The Director shall

  1. Prepare and conduct choral anthems and service music for all regular Sunday services and all special seasonal services from approximately the first Sunday of September until the first or second Sunday of June, except on Sundays when the Junior Choir leads the service
  2.  Lead a midweek choir rehearsal and a Sunday morning rehearsal each week.  The normal length of these rehearsals is one hour, though preparation for special seasonal music (Christmas, Easter, etc.) may require longer midweek rehearsals.
  3. Support and relate to the choir as members of a caring community.
  4. Meet periodically with the Pastor and the Director of Music to select hymns for services and occasionally to plan special services.
  5. Choose new music for the choir, often by attending repertoire sessions offered by publishing houses. 
  6. Work with the Director of Music in the production of the Asbury Arts Series and periodically prepare and conduct the Chancel Choir in performances on the Asbury Arts Series.  This may require the hiring of instrumental performers to accompany the choir for concerts.
  7. Schedule solo musicians to provide special music for summer services when the choir is not singing.
  8. Occasionally conduct the choir or arrange special music for funerals.        
  9. Attend and participate in the regular meetings of the Worship Committee when possible.
These duties are the basic expectations for our Chancel Choir director.  The present director, who has an extensive keyboard background, has also performed the following duties:
  1. Occasionally assists in the accompaniment of the Junior Choir in rehearsals and Sunday morning performances.
  2. Assists in the activities of the Teen Choir as either musical director or musical advisor.
  3. Occasionally assists with piano music during the Sunday service.
  4.  Occasionally serves as substitute organist.