Preserve History.
Make Music.

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC POSITION DESCRIPTION

 

POSITION TITLE- Director of Music

 ACCOUNTABILITY – To the Pastor and the Board of Deacons

PURPOSE-To provide professional leadership to the congregation and pastor in all areas of music for worship including, but not limited to: preparation, training and leading the choir, coordination of all music in worship and upon consultation with the Board of Deacons and the Pastor, provide special music as requested for additional services ,and the auditioning and engaging of musicians for special services.

WORKING HOURS- The Director of Music shall be considered a permanent part-time employee.  The Director of Music is not required to be a member of the church but is invited and encouraged to participate fully and actively in the life of the church.  Approximate hours per week: 10

EVALUATION– A performance review will be completed after three months of employment and annually thereafter at the end of the church fiscal year by the Chairman of the Deacons and the Pastor.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Knowledge of traditional and modern worship music; ability to blend both in worship services

Ability to play piano/keyboard/organ; to direct the choir and organize music ensembles

Help nurture new music groups, ideas and musicians within the church

Strong organizational skills; excellent communication

Provide friendly and nurturing atmosphere for choir and congregation

Coordinate weekly theme of service with Pastor

Meet monthly with Pastor to plan music ministry and as needed with Deacons

Propose budget request to Trustees

Develop and maintain a music library

Audition soloists and guest musicians as needed with approval of Deacons

First refusal for weddings and funerals (provided with honorarium)

Respect and work with the theology of the church

ABSENCES – The Director of Music shall provide a list of potential substitutes for Sunday services and replacements for weddings, funerals or other scheduled special services for which the Director may have contracted.  In the event of illness or the inability to be present for a rehearsal or worship service, the Director of Music shall notify the Pastor.It is the responsibility of the Board of Deacons to find a competent replacement for absences that involve S

– Our Heritage –

The seaside towns of Arundel, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are rich with beauty and history. The fact that much of the history and stories of previous generations can still be enjoyed by current residents and visitors is due to the intentional preservation of buildings and documents that attest to the past. Many of these artifacts and buildings no longer function in their original intent but yet we recognize their historical value so we preserve them in hopes to keep the stories alive for future generations.

 – Our Organ –

We believe that the Hook Organ in our small sanctuary located in Kennebunkport, ME is unique and special in not only accompanying the human voice in singing hymns and beautiful music, but also because of the stories it tells of the past and the history that it represents. Over 150 years since its creation, virtually in its original condition, this organ is still being used to make music today. Like restoring an old car that can’t be replaced these organs were built with a different level of personal care, concern and artistry versus modern mass production factories and assembly lines. We believe that with the proper investment, this organ will continue to tell stories through music for another century.

Originally built in 1854 by E.&G.G. Hook of Boston for the Second Parish Church of Kennebunkport (South Church), this was the 177th organ produced by the company. Having been transferred to our ownership years ago, we have grown to sincerely appreciate the craftsmanship of previous generations and the fact that this organ wasn’t meant to be disposable. This is why we are passionate about the Organ Restoration Project at First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport.

We’ve reached our goal!

Our little church has raised enough money to restore this beautiful instrument and preserve a piece of Kennebunkport history.  We are so grateful for the dedication, focus, and positive spirit of the members of First Church and the generosity of our wider community that led to this great success.  It will surely be part of Music Director Joyce Painter Rice’s lifelong legacy to music!  Thank you all.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  – Organ Restoration Committee

Upcoming Concerts 2020

To be announced when scheduled