USH is hiring a Director of Music Ministry

After 5 years of dedicated service, Choir Director Rebecca Pacuk is leaving us this summer. We are so sad to see her go, but not surprised since this year she was commuting 2 hours each way to us this past year!  We are now looking for a Director of Music Ministry, combining the Choir Director and Accompanist role.  Please spread the word!   The job posting is here: Director of Music Ministry Job Announcement.

The Director of Music Ministry position is for 20 hours/week and $20/hour to coordinate and lead our Music Ministry. In particular, to lead our 12-15 member Chancel Choir, provide piano (or other instrumental/organ) accompaniment during Sunday worship services, and provide oversight to our Music Ministry (coordinating guest musicians, managing the budget, and leading the visioning and rebuilding of our Music Ministry).

We are open to the possibility of splitting this position into Choir Director and Accompanist– we welcome your application if you are only a Choir Director or Accompanist.

The Unitarian Society of Hartford is a growing, spiritually alive, welcoming, and justice-seeking Unitarian Universalist congregation of 200 adult members and 60 children, with an average Sunday attendance of 160 and a strong musical tradition. We look forward to welcoming and sharing ministry with a Director of Music Ministry who will harness our voices and our songs to nourish spirits and inspire us to live our faith in the world.

About our Music Ministry:

Our Chancel Choir consists of a dozen active members and 4 paid Choral Scholars from the University of Hartford. The Choir sings 2-3 times monthly (excluding summers) with repertoire ranging from Brahms to songs from Hamilton. We have an innovative partnership with the University of Hartord (UHart) in which we have a student as Composer-In-Residence each spring who composes music specifically for our Choir. Lay-led music-related programs at the Meeting House include a performing arts concert series, a monthly folk sing-a-long, and a group called Meeting House Folk that plays folk and pop songs in worship several times a year. We have many talented in-house musicians, including a drummer, professional violinist, and a variety of other instrumentalists. Our piano is a Mason Hamlin piano. Our organ is an Austin three manual 57 rank instrument with full MIDI capability.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Bring experience conducting volunteer or congregational choirs in a wide range of repertoire with spiritual grounding, musical excellence, creativity, patience, and joy
  • Be an accomplished pianist with experience as a worship accompanist, providing solos, hymn leadership, and other accompaniment. (Organ competency is not required, though it is a plus)
  • Collaborate as part of our staff team with enthusiasm
  • Be creative in building and growing our Music Ministry
  • Have excellent people skills
  • Draw from a wide variety of musical styles and instrumentation to build bridges both between different tastes and generations, and bring a tender understanding to this bridge building.

To apply, see the full Director of Music Ministry Job Announcement