Positions Available

Announcements of positions available are posted as a courtesy to the hiring institutions. The AGO is not responsible for the wording of the announcement or for subsequent negotiations between the institutions and prospective employees.


Listed May 21, 2017:

Choir Director, Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Tucson, Arizona.

Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation is looking for a Choir Director to begin work on August 15, 2017. We are a dynamic, creative congregation with a lot of energy and we want our music to reflect this. We encourage the use of non-traditional music which does not necessarily fall under the rubric of “sacred.” Our primary expectation is that we include music with heart that will engage the members of our congregation and enhance our message. We think outside the box and want to hire someone who also has this ability as well as the desire to help us realize our vision. This is a unique opportunity for a musician with diverse experience to grow a choir in your own mold and work toward making music an integral part of our service.

The choir, which sings twice a month, rehearses weekly at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church on Thornydale near Ina for 1.5 hours on Thursday evenings. The annual compensation is around $10,000 for a 10-hour weekly commitment over 10 months.

For those who may not be familiar with Unitarian Universalism we have listed our 7 Guiding Principles as well as our Vision and Mission statements below. We are a religious community without dogma, but with a strong commitment to social justice work. We partner with several community groups to support their work both financially and by volunteering. We aspire to becoming a leading liberal voice in the Tucson area. Our members are active and involved and visitors often remark on how warm and welcoming our congregation is. You will find a lot more information on our website at mvuu.org.
Our Sunday services are currently held at Greenfields Country Day School, near the intersection of Orange Grove and Thornydale. These are temporary quarters while we build our new campus on Cortaro Farms Rd. about 1 mile east of I-10. We ran a successful capital campaign, purchased the 7-acre property, and will soon meet with the architects to discuss a preliminary design. These are exciting times at MVUU!

If you are interested in this position please send an email to donna.pratt@mvuu.org and she will respond with an application and complete job description. The deadline for applications is May 31. Further questions may be directed to deborah.roberts@mvuu.org. If you are not interested but know someone who might be, please pass this on. Thank you very much for your consideration of this opportunity.
The Music Committee

PRINCIPLES

1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

VISION STATEMENT

Our vision is that MVUU will be a religious community in which we transform ourselves and our world through love, justice, and peace.

OUR MISSION

To welcome, care for, and inspire those among us and beyond our walls, we:
• Encourage freedom of thought and belief
• Respect differences and celebrate diversity
• Promote positive change in the world


Listed May 6, 2017:

Accompanist/Organist, American Lutheran Church, Prescott, Arizona.

American Lutheran Church— a congregation with a thriving music ministry within a 1000-member congregation in beautiful Prescott, Arizona—is seeking a highly qualified individual to act as the primary accompanist/organist.  American Lutheran is proud of its long-standing tradition of fine music in worship as well as in our Passion for Life Fine Arts Series. Our music ministry includes the 40+ voice adult choir, graded choral program, handbell ensembles, and seasonal musical offerings which may include other community singers and instrumentalists.  www.americanlutheran.net   The Sanctuary is an excellent space housing our Schantz Organ and Steinway grand piano.  Other instruments include 2 sets of hand chimes, a 5-octave set of Malmark handbells, Orff instruments and other varied instruments used by both the children’s and adult music ministry.

General Description:

The organist gives leadership to the traditional worship services using the organ/piano to lift the congregation in music for the praise of God. Accompany ensembles in worship and rehearsals.

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Music preferred.
  • Continuing education with specialized knowledge in liturgical worship and creative leadership.

Work Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum 3 years experience leading liturgical worship with the organ.
  • Minimum 3 years experience accompanying musical ensembles on keyboard.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Professes Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
  • Demonstrates ongoing, prayerful and personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Supports American Lutheran Church’s Biblical and theological conservative position as stated in ALC’s Confession of Faith. http://www.americanlutheran.net/index.php/church-council/
  • Desire and passion for Liturgical Worship and Music Ministry.
  • Demonstrates loyalty and commitment to team building with staff.
  • Professionally organized with ability to prioritize.
  • Ability to ensure confidentiality, discretion, and loyalty.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of Lutheran hymn based organ literature.
  • Ability to sight read hymns, liturgy, and anthem accompaniments.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Select and provide organ or piano music at all worship regular services.
  • Use creative hymn accompaniments to lead the congregation.
  • Accompany choirs, vocalists, and instrumentalists as scheduled by the Minister of Music.
  • Provide organ or piano music for weddings and funerals held at the church.
  • Submit organ or piano music information for all worship bulletins to administrative staff.
  • Select and provide organ or piano music at all worship regular services.
  • Be flexible in worship planning.
  • Participate in other events and programs as scheduled.

This is a part time (estimated at 20–25 hours per week) position.  To apply, please send a letter of introduction, resume, and personal references to info@americanlutheran.net; or via postal mail at American Lutheran Church, Attn: Organist Search, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301.  Audio and video samples are welcomed and encouraged.

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