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Hand Bell Director

published 3/25/2021

Start: negotiable

First UMC in Austin is seeking a hand bell director to rehearse the choir and provide bell music once every 3-4 weeks for in-person and/or pre-recorded worship. A 6-12 person bell choir is envisioned. Equipment includes hand chimes.


  • Collaborate with the pastor to create spiritually meaningful, creative worship services
  • Mentor and develop the spiritual and musical growth of the bell ringers
  • Select, prepare, and provide hand bell music for worship
  • Conduct the rehearsals and performances of the hand bell choir
  • Recruit members for the hand bell choir
  • Maintain hand bell music library; purchase new selections within budget
  • Oversee maintenance of the hand bells and chimes
  • Add other musical gifts (vocal or instrumental) to the services in which the bell choir rings
Tuesday evening rehearsal (6:30-7:30 pm) and Sunday morning rehearsal (8:45-9:15 am) and worship (9:30-10:15 am) plus prep time; Christmas Eve preferred, if bell ringers are available

  • Rehearse and perform on-site with attention to COVID-19 requirements
  • Record on-site during rehearsal; submit recorded segments by Wednesday morning


  • Degree in Music preferred
  • Conducting experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Strong skills in recruiting and developing volunteers
  • Strong vocalist or instrumentalist
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Kindness and humility


Application Info:
Contact Rev. Donna Dempewolf at or call her at (507) 433-8839 (church) or (651) 324-5084 (cell). 


Position Type:
part time

Contact: Donna Dempewolf

Address: 204 1st Ave. NW, Austin, MN 55912

Phone: 507-433-8839



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