Job Description – Music Director

 

Spirit Garage is a progressive Christian faith community that is creative, quirky and curious, and we like to think God is too. We have been around Minneapolis for 25 years, practicing an ecclectic sense of who and what belongs in church. We feature music you might hear in a variety of other spaces, along with originals from the community,  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 Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities. 

 

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Job Title Music Director 
Looking for A creative, quirky, and curious progressive faith community seeks same in a  Music Director whose primary function is to lead bands for worship in a variety of musical styles ranging from rock to blue grass and everything in between,  from Johnny Cash to Katy Perry and back around to Mumford and Sons; be ready for it all.
Reports to Spirit Garage Pastor
Hours/Salary 25hrs per week/35k-45K annually, depending on experience
Classification Part-time salaried, non-exempt.
Role Summary The person in this role will lead the bands, perform, adapt and compose music for weekly Spirit Garage services as well as any special events/services, ensuring the Spirit Garage mission is carried throughout.
Responsibility: Manage Musicians The Music Director will effectively: 

  • Teach and lead volunteer musicians of all levels
  • Inspire musical creativity among the musicians
  • Build relationship, trust, and cohesiveness within the 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 band as needed
  • Lead auditions, as needed
Responsibility: 

Worship 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, Digital Technology Director, technicians, Pit Crew, and any 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/training, as needed.
  • Carry the Spirit Garage mission in and outside the doors of Spirit Garage
Responsibility:

Enhance the Worship Experience

The Music Director will:

  • 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
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”

Folx interested in applying can send resumes (and links to recordings if you have them!) to [email protected]