Director of Traditional Music


Seaside United Methodist Church 

Job Description : Director of Traditional Music 

Job Title 

Director of Traditional Music

Reports to 

Pastor(s) & Staff Parish Relation Committee (SPRC)


General Function 

The Director of Traditional Music, working with Church leadership, will set the vision for the overall traditional music program of Seaside United Methodist Church and implement long and short-range plans  for the entire traditional music ministry. The Director of Traditional Music will provide leadership to all  volunteers involved in the traditional music program.  


The Director of Traditional Music is accountable to the Pastor(s) and Staff Parish Relations Committee. Duties and Responsibilities 

• Oversee the traditional music program of SUMC for all traditional musical groups—children  through adults. (Including but not limited to: Instrumental Ensembles, Vocal Ensembles, Hand  Bell Ensembles/Choirs). 

• Consult regularly with pastors and other staff members in planning communications, coordinating schedules and establishing goals for the traditional music program and related activities. • Plan and prepare choirs/musicians for special traditional musical programs (Easter, Christmas,  etc). 

• Provide musical consultation and support to special events such as Women’s Retreat, Country  Fair, etc. 

• Identify, recruit and integrate new worshipers’ musical gifts into traditional ministry activities. • Integrate outside musical groups, performers, and events into the Church musical program for  enhancement of the overall music ministry of SUMC. 

• Maintain church music facilities by providing a professional environment for rehearsals, and performances including organizing musical scores, organizing Choir Room. Ensure musical equipment, robes, and instruments (organ, piano, hand bells, etc) are maintained and upgraded appropriately. 

• Ensure equipment is available and choir rooms are set up and organized for maximum productivity at weekly rehearsals and performances. 

• Attend Worship Committee and Church Council meetings representing the interest of the traditional music ministry. 

• Prepare yearly budget for traditional music ministry including all materials and expenses. Submit purchase orders and receipts to the Office Manager for all expenditures. 

• Provide leadership and oversight for traditional choir and ensemble activities when requested to  perform in support of community needs and services.

• Provide musical support and consultation for funerals and weddings as requested and in compliance with Church guidelines. 

• Maintain professional credentials through self-development, workshops and seminars. • Manage and coordinate other special projects and perform other duties as directed by the Pas tor(s) or SPRC. 

Core Competencies 

• Job Knowledge/Technical Knowledge 

Demonstrates knowledge of techniques, skills, equipment, procedures and materials appropripate to the position; Applies knowledge to identify issues, resource deficiencies and internal  problems; works to develop additional technical knowledge and skills. 

• Trust and integrity 

Is widely trusted; seen as direct and truthful; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; adheres to an  appropriate and effective set of core values during good and bad times; acts in line with those  values; practices what he/she preaches. 

• Spiritual Maturity and Theological Reflection 

Ability to draw from and reflect upon one's personal experience of faith, spirituality, theology  and religion; understanding and appreciation of the role of a professional who is called to a ministry, and have the ability to articulate this reality; evidence a basic understanding of theology  including an understanding of the scriptural and doctrinal foundations of the faith community  with regard to the assigned area of ministry; ability to connect one's personal experiences of  faith, spirituality, theology and religion with the broader disciplines of our faith tradition; ability  to engage others in conversation about their faith and faith development including being able to  share prayerfully together. 

• Managing vision and purpose.  

Articulates and supports the vision and mission of Seaside United Methodist Church; communicates a compelling and inspired vision for ministry; talks beyond the “here and now” to a larger  sense of purpose; creates a compelling vision of possibility, hope and optimism; helps others to  own the vision 

• Motivating others 

Creates a climate in which people want to do their best; can motivate many different individuals  and groups; empowers others; shares ownership and visibility; makes each participant feel valued. 

• Organizing 

Can gather and organize resources (people, funding, materials, support) to get things done; can  orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; can use resources effectively and efficiently. 

• Planning 

Accurately assess the length and difficulty of a project; sets objectives and goals; breaks down  work into process steps; develops schedules and task/people assignments; anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.


• Bachelor’s Degree of Music Education or Bachelor of Music Performance 

 Certification, Music Ministry, preferred 

• Minimum 5 years of music ministry in a church environment 

• Experience producing and directing special events, musicals and programs 

• Demonstrated competency in playing organ/piano, other instruments 

• Experience leading and mentoring choirs/ensembles, working with children and adults • Proficiency in computer technology a plus 

• Knowledge of traditional worship practices and theological understanding and respect of the church  sufficient to appropriately select music for traditional worship  

Working Conditions 

The Director of Traditional Music is a Full Time, Exempt position.  

Hours vary from day to day and include evenings and attendance at all Sunday services. Travel to hospital/home visitations, workshops, meetings, etc. 

Working with children under the “Safe Sanctuary” Program 

Physical Requirements 

Lifting of equipment approximately 40-50 pounds-- hand bell cases, chairs, furniture, etc  Hearing and Sight abilities—Reading music and listening to musical arrangements Traveling with equipment for community performances 

Prolonged periods of standing, conducting choirs/ensembles, stress on shoulders, neck, arms Decision-Making and Discretion 

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Pastor(s) and SPRC who furnish only broad  guidance and direction. The Director of Traditional Music sets the vision and goals for the traditional music ministry. Daily activities are conducted with a high degree of independence. The Pastor(s) may  be consulted on issues related to schedules, sensitivity, or controversy.  

Direct Reports/Contacts 

• Leadership and direct supervision to volunteers who provide coordination and management of  various traditional music ministry activities/programs. 

• Leadership to Choir Officers  

• Direct contact with Church leadership daily. 

External Contacts:  

• Community organizations where ensembles perform  

• Local and guest musicians 

• Brides 

• Bereaved family members 

• Others

Contact: Rev. Dr. Matthew S. Farabow

Church/Org/Business Name: Seaside United Methodist Church

Address: 1300 Seaside Road SW Sunset Beach NC 28469

Phone: 9105795753

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