Director of Traditional Music

published 5/14/2019

Start: Aug. 1, 2019

The United Methodist Church of Anoka is seeking a musician with experience and passion to direct its traditional music program beginning August 2019. Primary responsibilities are to direct the chancel choir and coordinate with directors of other ensembles, as well as to work with the lead pastor in coordinating music with worship themes and overall mission of the congregation.

For more details and to apply, see the full job description.


  • Rehearse the Chancel Choir weekly on Wednesday nights, late-August to mid-May, and direct the choir for Sunday worship services approximately twice per month September – May
  • Prepare the Chancel Choir to sing two pieces (offertory and anthem) on Sundays when they are scheduled as worship musicians
  • Work with the music department staff to coordinate the annual September – May musicians schedule for worship
  • Communicate regularly with the lead pastor to coordinate themes and planning for worship services to provide consistency
  • Meet monthly with the Choir Board to coordinate the needs and expectations of the choir and to plan ahead for the future
  • Oversee the Music Ministry budget and work closely with the lead pastor to keep budget spending aligned
  • Organize and participate in, when appropriate, special music ensembles
  • Serve as a liaison between music ministry staff and office staff
  • Arrange for qualified substitute in case of absence
  • Plan to participate in the following extra events throughout the year:
    • Community Thanksgiving service (Tuesday before Thanksgiving) – prep choir, participate on years when UMCA hosts
    • December Music Sunday (prepare extensive music with all ensembles, plan the service, coordinate with Lead Pastor)
    • Christmas Eve Services (partner with other ministry staff and music staff to prepare for and participate in these services)
    • Ash Wednesday service
    • Holy Week services as planned with lead pastor and staff
    • Easter Sunday (coordinate with special musicians and choir)
    • Spring Music Sunday (prepare extensive music with all ensembles, plan the service, coordinate with lead pastor)
    • Dress rehearsals for special events as needed
    • Chancel Choir fundraisers as appropriate


  • Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent experience
  • Experience in conducting vocal and instrumental ensembles
  • Self-directed and able to work independently to meet deadlines
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience in a worship music setting preferred
  • Ability to arrange and chart music preferred
  • Works well with a team

TBD, based on experience and skills

Application Info:
Send cover letter and resume to

June 15, 2019

Position Type:
Part-time, 6-12 hours/week (less during the summer)

Contact: Rev. Rachael Warner

Address: UMC Anoka, 850 South St, Anoka, MN 55303

Phone: 763-421-2378



Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058