Music Director Position Announcement

Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF), a progressive, liberal religious community in Durham, North Carolina, seeks a Music Director to provide leadership for our music ministry; the position is full-time mid-August to May. The congregation has a commitment to being a true beloved community and has long-standing commitments to issues of multiculturalism, racial equity, inclusion, diversity, LGBTQIA, and earth justice.

Music is an important part of life at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Nearly 100 adults participate in two choral groups: one based on written choral traditions and one that centers the experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color through music in the aural tradition. In addition, there are several vocal ensembles, instrumental ensembles and two children’s choirs directed by volunteers.

Congregational singing and choral and instrumental music in worship inform our members' lives in meaningful ways and enable our musicians to offer their gifts in service to the Fellowship and our mission.

While excellence is an important value in music at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, we recognize that music is most importantly an embodied experience that invites participation. Therefore, we seek a Music Director who prioritizes the gifts of musicians in the congregation and actively engages the gathered body in various forms of congregational singing and music making during worship services.

The Music Director will be responsible for the coordination of all music in the congregation and supporting all volunteer music staff and musicians. The Director will have primary responsibility for conducting the adult vocal choirs and overseeing the program budget.

The Music Director will report directly to the Lead Minister and will work in close collaboration with the worship team to ensure that music contributes meaningfully to services and enhances the spiritual life of the congregation. The Music Director must be familiar with a diverse range of musical styles, and be able to navigate issues related to race and identity with a deep commitment to advancing the values of equity and inclusion.

Besides capitalizing on ERUUF’s historical strengths such as enthusiastic adult and children’s choirs, we seek a Music Director who will usher in a new era in which we articulate and realize a vision based upon the congregation’s and the Music Director’s talents and passions. We seek a Music Director with a sense of music as ministry and as an expression of spirit within the entire congregation. The successful candidate will be a coach, arranger and educator committed to developing and sharing the gifts of members of this congregation, and nurturing a sense of beloved community, belonging and mutual support.

Education and Experience
● Degree or equivalent training in music
● Experience in music directing and teaching with demonstrated success in choral direction
● Demonstrated success leading multiracial, multicultural, multiage choral and/or instrumental groups from both written and aural learning traditions in a variety of musical styles

Personal Qualities
● Ability to collaborate effectively with ministers, staff members, worship team members, music volunteers, and both congregational and community musicians
● Support for Unitarian Universalist values as articulated above
● Openness, inclusivity, and a sense of welcome toward singers and musicians of all ages and abilities so that they give their gifts of spirit and heart to our congregation and the larger community
● Capacity to build beloved community through congregational singing
● An understanding of diverse musical traditions and the ability to teach them
● Appreciation of music as spiritual expression
● A passion for music as ministry

Salary
ERUUF is committed to offering salary and benefits in accord with the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA’s) Fair Compensation Guidelines. This position is full-time from mid-August to May, with a salary range of $43,650-$51,575 commensurate with training and experience.

The Congregation
The mission of Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is to transform lives by building a free and inclusive covenantal religious community of spirit, service, justice and love.

For more information about ERUUF and Unitarian Universalism, please visit our website: www.eruuf.org

How to Apply
Please submit the following materials to
● One-page letter describing why this position appeals to you
● Your resume
● Any videos or recordings of your work
● One letter of reference plus the contact information for two additional references

This position will remain open to application until filled.

 

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