Creative, quirky and curious progressive faith community seeks same in a musician! We are hiring a music director whose primary function is to coordinate and lead bands and music for worship and other events.

Spirit Garage is a progressive Christian faith community. We have been around Minneapolis for about 27 years, practicing an eclectic sense of what is sacred, especially when it comes to music. We feature music you might hear in a variety of other spaces; we welcome all to participate, and we mess with worship formats to keep things interesting. You can read more about who Spirit Garage is on our website. Spirit Garage is a ministry of/expression of/church-within-a-church of Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities.

This position is 20-25 hours per week, at 36k-46k annually, depending on experience. (Salaried; non-exempt)

The Music Director will effectively:

Manage musicians: 

  • Teach and lead volunteer musicians of all levels
  • Inspire musical creativity among the musicians
  • Build relationship, trust, and cohesiveness musicians/bands
  • Create and distribute charts to each musician
  • Schedule and lead all band/musician rehearsals
  • Collaborate on and create new music for Spirit Garage
  • Manage and navigate interpersonal conflicts as they arise
  • Clear and timely communication (both written and oral)
  • Perform in bands regularly
  • Lead auditions, as needed

Worship Planning and Event Planning:

  • Plan, choose, and coordinate music, which fits with the desired theme for each service, service series, church season, and events
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with the Pastor, other staff, and volunteers
  • Schedule and organize additional musical outreach events, concerts, and gigs at the discretion of the Pastor and Music Director
  • Work cohesively with the Spirit Garage leadership teams
  • Attend required meetings
  • Schedule and lead meetings/trainings, as needed.
  • Carry the Spirit Garage mission in and outside the doors of Spirit Garage

Enhance the Worship Experience:

  • Ensure each service includes a welcome which draws people in and fluidly transitions between aspects of each service
  • Encourage congregational participation in the music
  • Show flexibility, step in, or adapt, as needed
  • Support and assist in rolling out any changes made to the structure of the overall service(s), as determined by the Pastor
  • Be competent at running sound board; 
  • Coordinate music and tech volunteers.

Skills, Expectations and Experience:

  • Be passionate about leading music, playing music, and about sharing it with Spirit Garage
  • Degree in Music (preferred but not required)
  • Previous experience leading a band
  • Must sing and be proficient with either/both piano and guitar
  • Have experience teaching vocalists (of all experience) various melodies and parts/harmonies
  • Have experience teaching musicians
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written)
  • Exhibit flexibility
  • Strength in punctuality
  • Understands their role is a ministry

Interested persons should send a resume, cover letter and sample of their musical work to: [email protected]

Interviews will be conducted as qualified applications are received. Position open until filled