Assistant Director of Music Ministry/Choir Director

First Lutheran Church
July 9, 2021
3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, MD
Job Type


Position Title:  Assistant Director of Music Ministry/Choir Director

Reports to:  Director of Music Ministry/Organist                          

Directly Supervises: N/A

Status:  Part-time

FLSA:  Salaried, Exempt

Job Summary:

The Assistant Director of Music Ministry/ Choir Director provides leadership for the vocal choirs of First Evangelical Lutheran Church and supports the overall music ministry of the congregation.

Essential Functions:

  • Schedules and leads choir rehearsals throughout the program year (typically September-May); schedules choir participation / leadership in worship throughout the program year, at all festivals and Holy Week services, in a yearly concert and at other times as requested; directs children’s/youth choir and arranges for their worship participation monthly during the program year.
  • Working in consultation with the Director of Music Ministry/Organist, selects choir anthems and other service music appropriate for the church season, lectionary readings, Lutheran theology, and the abilities of the choir(s).
  • Serves as cantor and soloist for worship services or arranges for and trains others to serve in these roles.
  • Occasionally serves as accompanist for choir and other singers, using piano or organ.
  • Is responsible for the care and organization of the choral music library.
  • Works with the Director of Music Ministry/Organist in scheduling appropriate music for worship during the summer months.
  • Works with the Director of Music Ministry/Organist in hosting concerts by guest musical groups.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Attends weekly staff meetings, as schedule permits.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in music (or similar professional training), preferably in church music.
  • Experience in choral conducting and vocal development with both adults and children.
  • Knowledge of a variety of church music styles (classical, contemporary, folk, gospel, global) and the role of music in Lutheran worship.

Physical Requirements:

  • N/A

Core Competencies:

  • Technical Expertise: Acquires and demonstrates the technical skills required to proficiently execute the essential functions of the job; understands which skills are lacking and seeks to develop those skills; continually works towards mastery of technical proficiency.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Establishes good working relationships with all others who are relevant to the completion of work; works well with people at all levels of the congregation; builds appropriate rapport; considers the impact of his/her actions on others; uses diplomacy and tact; is approachable; avoids communication triangles.
  • Helping Orientation: Demonstrates concern for and attends to the needs of the congregation’s internal and external constituents; projects a sense of empathy and understanding when dealing with members and friends of the congregation; is able and willing to supply answers and resources that others find satisfying.
  • Team Orientation: Demonstrates interest, skill and success in team environments; promotes group goals ahead of personal agendas; steps up to offer self as a resource to other members of the team; understands and supports the importance of teamwork; shares credit for success with others; takes responsibility for his or her part in team failures.

Submit resume and cover letter to Jenne Burnham, Search Committee Chair, at, NLT July 31, 2021. Please do not apply using the "Apply Online" feature through this website. Thank you!

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