Music Director - Newbury Park, CA
The Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (CVUUF), a liberal religious community in Newbury Park, is looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic Music Director – who serves as pianist/accompanist/choir director. Immediate opening. We will be holding auditions within the next few weeks.
Compensation: $15,000 – $16,000 per year, depending on skill, ranging from 8 - 14 hours per week. The hours are less in the summer when the choir doesn’t perform, and so averages out at around 12 hours per week for the year. This salary is based on the recommended Unitarian Universalist Musician’s Guidelines for this area.
Musical Skills: The ideal candidate will be able to play a variety of musical styles on the piano, as well as improvise and sight read. Our congregational musical tastes are as varied as our spiritual paths. Music is a really important element that flows throughout the whole service, working in conjunction with our weekly sermon topics.
Accompanist: The Music Director will accompany congregational singing, improvise transitional music under words during the service, and usually play the prelude and postlude. Sometimes the Music Director will also play the ‘Special Music’ during the offering.
Choir: The Music Director will lead and accompany a choir of approximately 20 members at practice once a week (time to be mutually determined with the Minister). The choir usually performs at least two Sundays per month from September through June. The Music Director will collaborate with the Minister on finding music to fit the monthly worship themes.
Other Music Duties: The Music Director also identifies, auditions, organizes, and rehearses small ensembles and soloists for Sundays.
Budget and Administrative: The successful candidate works closely and collaboratively with the Minister, staff and choir. The Music Director is administrator of the music program, leading on programming and devising the music budget. They also work collaboratively on growing and tending the music library.
Other Terms: There are 2 services on Sunday mornings with approximate hours at CVUUF from 8:15 – 12:15. The contract is for 48 weeks of the year, allowing for at least 4 weeks unpaid leave during the year by prior agreement with Supervisor.
If interested, please check out our website at www.cvuuf.org and forward your resume to jobs [at] cvuuf [dot] org.