Dumbarton United Methodist Church is searching for a new Director of Music Ministry.

Music is an important part of the life of the Dumbarton United Methodist Church community. The Director of Music Ministry collaborates with clergy, staff, choir members, other musicians, and members of the congregation in order to provide this important ministry to the congregation and the community.

DUMC is a progressive, small membership church located in Georgetown, Washington, DC. It has strong lay leadership and lots of musical and sound technology talent. We appreciate good music, love to sing, and understand music leadership not as performance but as a collaborative effort that is a very important part of worship. The person in this position needs to be flexible, organized and enjoy working as a team member.

This is a part-time position (between 10 and 15 hours per week). The annual salary range is $20,000 - $23,000 commensurate with experience.

The person who fills this position must work on Sundays and be available for special services -- for example: Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, Christmas Eve. The director will play regularly for Sunday morning worship. Eight Sundays per year may be taken for personal leave. The director is responsible for assisting in finding substitutes, including in-house musicians, on these occasions.

The person who fills this job will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in piano and choir directing via references and audition. Bonus points will be given to proficiency in organ and/or other instruments.
  • Be comfortable in a Christian setting; be familiar with Christian beliefs and practices.
  • Be part of the ministry team at DUMC:
    • Meet twice monthly with appointed pastor
    • Collaborate with pastor and other musicians from the congregation and community
    • Keep music library in order and prepare annual music budget
  • Develop musical offerings for worship that are linked to worship themes and liturgical seasons:
    • Plan repertoire and prepare/conduct Adult Choir
    • Collaborate with Guitar Choir
    • Encourage lay participation, while nurturing and encouraging talent, both vocal and instrumental
  • Be familiar with, or willing to learn about, a broad repertoire of music related to faith and spirituality
    • Methodist hymnody and world music
    • Music from different countries
    • A variety of genres: traditional, classical, folk, pop
  • Must pass background check

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter via e-mail to (or deliver/mail to Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St NW, Washington DC 20007) on or before February 1, 2022.

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