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Part-Time Director of Music - Missouri UMC (Columbia)

Post Date: May 5, 2023
Application Deadline: July 1, 2023

Missouri United Methodist Church – a flagship United Methodist Church in the heart of Columbia, Missouri – is searching for the right candidate to build upon the rich musical heritage of its church and congregation. Music is an integral and celebrated part of worship at MUMC, and we seek to further enrich the worship experience through growth of the choral program and implementation of new musical opportunities. This position is currently scoped for half-time (20 hours per week) with the potential of increasing the hours and responsibilities to three-quarters time in the future.

Functional Capabilities:

  • Schedule and lead weekly rehearsals for Chancel Choir (11:00 Sanctuary worship service) and City Singers (9:30 Contemporary worship service) along with special services throughout the year
  • Select appropriate choral anthems, songs, choruses, etc. from the church music library and by purchasing new sheet music to enhance worship services; verify appropriate licensing for usage
  • Maintain current reporting to all licensing accounts (CCLI, OneLicense, CCS) as required by copyright law
  • Meet regularly with pastoral staff, organist, and other worship leaders to plan themes, liturgies, special music, and to collaborate in providing and promoting excellence in worship
  • Recruit volunteer singers and musicians and recruit and manage paid student singers and musicians to participate in music and worship ministry
  • Work collaboratively and coordinate with other arts entities within the church: Arts in Worship; Handbell Ensemble; MUMC Concert Series et al
  • Attend and participate in regular music and worship committee meetings and other group meetings as needed
  • Develop relationships with area colleges and universities, community choral and instrumental groups, public and private school music teachers, etc. for invitations to participate in worship and church activities and for recruitment opportunities
  • Develop and nurture welcoming relationships with choir members, musicians, church staff, and congregational members
  • Work with children and youth to identify and help develop musical gifts and opportunities to share talents with others
  • Seek out opportunities for continuing education and professional development


  • Excellence in choral conducting and rehearsal skill; firm knowledge of healthy vocal production and technique
  • Outstanding communication and organizational skills; attention to detail
  • Extensive knowledge of sacred choral repertory
  • Commitment to pursuit of the church’s mission: Missouri United Methodist Church exists to connect all people to Jesus Christ. We do this by welcoming enthusiastically, growing deeply and serving courageously.
  • Planning of, and operation within, annual music department budget
  • Firm understanding of the importance of relationship-building and public relations both inside and outside the walls of the church


  • Extensive musical training with experience leading a large choir
  • High School Graduate, B.A. or B.F.A., Master’s Degree preferred
  • Professionally trained and skilled
  • Must have a passion and love for Christ; familiarity with United Methodism helpful

Interested candidates may submit their cover letter and resume to Missouri United Methodist Church Attn: HR Manager, 204 South 9th Street, Columbia, Missouri 65201

Missouri United Methodist Church is a welcoming congregation that encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion. Position open until filled.

Pay: $28,500.00 - $33,000.00 per year

Benefits: 401(k) matching


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability


  • High school or equivalent (Required)


  • Choral directing: 2 years (Preferred)

Work Location: In person

Contact for this Listing

Contact: Adriene Floyd

Address: 204 S 9th St, Columbia, MO, 65201

Phone: (573) 443-3111

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