Part-Time Director of Music

July 4, 2021
Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax United Methodist Church seeks a talented, highly qualified individual to lead our vibrant, growing music ministry, which currently includes:

· One weekly worship service (9:30 a.m. Sunday)

· 30-person adult choir

· Volunteer-led adult and youth handbell choirs

· Excellent multi-year relationship with George Mason University Music Department

· 3-manual, 42-rank pipe organ built by Zimmer and Sons with pipe work by Laukaff of Germany, 2 Kawai grand pianos, Sabathil & Son harpsichord, 3 Adams timpani, Schlumeric handbells, Malmark handchimes, multiple upright pianos and electronic keyboards, djembe, and an extensive library of choral and instrumental music

Duties and Responsibilities:

· Lead, maintain, and grow Fairfax UMC’s vibrant music ministry to the glory of God. Consult with the pastoral staff and the Worship Pillar on all matters related to music at the church.

· Work with the Senior Pastor to plan and lead music for all worship services, including prelude/postlude, congregational hymns, and offertory.

· Supervise the part-time Organist, working with the Organist to plan and coordinate music leadership for all worship services, rehearsals, and special services (weddings, funerals, Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter).

· Lead the adult choir in rehearsal and in Sunday morning worship.

· Plan and oversee the music budget and library, including ordering music and managing upkeep/maintenance of the church’s instruments.

· Plan and execute new ways to involve children and youth in the church’s music ministry.

· Oversee, coordinate, and support music ministry volunteers and the church’s relationship with George Mason University’s Music Department, and build relationships with other area performing arts organizations and professionals.

· Participate in weekly church staff meetings, and collaborate with other staff members to fulfill Fairfax UMC’s mission to Love, Build, Connect, and Serve.

Desired Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree in a music discipline

· Previous leadership of a church music ministry

· Demonstrated ability to play the pipe organ and piano

· Demonstrated ability to direct choirs and individual musicians

· Demonstrated experience and ability playing in a worship setting

· Understanding of how music contributes to the flow and meaning of worship

· Exhibit a commitment to the Christian faith

Core Competencies

· Organizational skills, good interpersonal relationships, and be a team player

· Keyboard expertise on piano and pipe organ

· Knowledge of the traditional music literature and United Methodist hymns

· Comfort working with children, youth, and adults

Apply Now

By clicking the button above, you agree to the terms of use and privacy policy

Company Name:

Fairfax United Methodist Church


$27000 - $35000 Per Year

Job Category:

Director of Music

Position Type:

Part Time


2 - 5 years


Bachelor's Degree