Music Director Position Vacancy

Our Music Director of sixteen years, Matt Edwards, left our employment at the end of September 2016, to consolidate his life in Bennington, Vermont where he has a new position as music director.  We assembled a Music Director Search Committee in September and assessed what kind of a Music Director we might want to replace him. A member of our congregation with conducting experience led our 30 member choir with the help of a former choir director/accompanist.  They finished their commitment at the end of December.

Our search process helped us identify an excellent music director who we had hoped would become our new director. Unfortunately, her husband has an appointment out of the area that begins this summer so she will not be able to continue past June. She agreed to an interim position to get us through till the end of our season in June. We have guest performers during the summer.

The search process is actively continuing with the goal of finding someone to start September 1. Candidates will be expected to audition with our choir and perform during a Sunday service. That process is happening right now.

TO APPLY: Please send us a cover letter, a resume, three references, and URL links to any performance work you might want to share with us that is on-line (mp3/YouTube/web pages/etc) to:

Here is a job description of the Music Director position as we currently conceive it:

Position Title

Music Director (part-time ~ 12 hours a week)

Reports to


Overall Responsibility


Work collaboratively with the Minister, the Religious Services Committee, the Choir, the Music Committee and congregants to provide for the musical life of Albany UU.

Key task and responsibilities

Music for Services

Work with the Minister and Religious Services Committee to select a complementary musical component for Sunday and special services. Work with Director of Religious Education to plan music for special youth services such as the Christmas Pageant, Rite of Passage and Senior High services. May involve accompaniment of services on piano, organ or other applicable instrument, ie. guitar.


Regularly instruct, rehearse and conduct the choir. Develop the choir’s musical abilities to assure a high quality of choral sound. Recruit choir members.

Guest Musicians

Obtain quality outside guest musicians for Sunday services on a regular basis. Identify and recruit quality youth and adult Albany UU musicians to perform in Sunday services.

Special Musical Events

Work with volunteers from the Choir or other interested Albany UU musicians and congregants on musical events at Albany UU, including the annual Carol Sing and Annual Dinner Skit.


  • Attend Religious Services Committee and staff meetings as appropriate.
  • Attend weekly Staff Production meeting
  • Ensure adequate supplies of choral music.
  • Effectively communicate with choir, congregation and staff about musical events and schedules.

Skills and attributes

  • Must possess great musicianship and knowledge of choral music; knowledge of the UU repertoire a plus.
  • Ability to instruct, support and develop choir members with varied levels of musical training.
  • Communicate and work well with a diverse community of people.
  • Willingness to continually grow and develop professionally.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Keyboard skills preferred.

Experience Requirement

Extensive musical training

Several years’ experience directing a choir