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Asbury UMC

Associate Music Director

Asbury UMC
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Date Posted: 02/15/2013
Categories: Church Staff - Music Ministry - Worship Pastor
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: 5001 to 7500
Job Type: N/A

Job Description:

Position Overview

Asbury currently offers several worship services each with a different style of music.  This position is in charge of traditional music which is offered in two services.  One service is small and simple.  It focuses on congregational singing, occasional small choir, piano accompaniment, and communion.  The second is our largest service and makes use of a full choir, orchestra, and organ.  Sunday morning worship is the primary responsibility.  There is some scope for special groups and events.  This position reports to the worship coordinator.


Roles and Responsibilities

  • The primary responsibility is choir and orchestra music for Sunday morning traditional worship services.
  • Ideally this position can develop and rehearse both choir and orchestra.  If not, the responsibility is to manage and work with the orchestra director.
  • Work with the worship coordinator in the selection and design of the musical components of the worship service.
  • Develop a choir and orchestra that is attractive to new participants.  Specifically, we want the choir to grow and to attract younger members.
  • Produce special programs as needed, e.g., Christmas music Sunday, Christmas Eve, Easter.



  • Extensive musical education and significant experience directing choirs and working with orchestras.
  • Excellent musician.
  • While not a requirement, it is a strong advantage if the candidate is qualified to rehearse and conduct not only the choir but also the orchestra.  If not, the candidate must be qualified to select and work with a part-time orchestra director.
  • Ability and willingness to work with all-volunteer choir and orchestra.  There is a wide range of skill in both groups ranging from nearly professional to clearly amateur.
  • Views the overall congregational worship experience as a higher priority than the music per se.
  • Musical scope that goes outside the sometimes narrow band of traditional church music.  A variety is required that supports our intergenerational engagement.
  • Good leadership skills.
  • Heart for ministry.
  • Ability to work in the context of our Wesleyan theology.