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Handbell Director Position Available, Albuquerque, NM

Church of the Good Shepherd in Albuquerque, New Mexico, seeks a new handbell choir director. With a full choir of dedicated ringers, and an extremely supportive staff and congregation, this part time position also offers competitive pay and benefits as well. Our church is affiliated with the UCC (United Church of Christ), is open and affirming, and has a history of excellent music that is highly valued by the congregation. The sanctuary enjoys unparalleled views of the close-by Sandia Mountains, enhancing an environment that is already inspirational and nurturing.

The church owns five octaves of quality handbells and chimes, and the director ensures that they are well maintained.

Part time: Approximately 6–8 hours per week Hourly rate: $22–25 per hour

Seasonal: Approximately September 1 through Pentecost

Basic Responsibilities:

  1. Provide handbell choir music during 11:00 a.m. worship services about once a month.
  2. Provide additional handbell choir music for worship services as suggested or desired (e.g. hymn or choir accompaniment).
  3. Provide handbell choir music for special worship services during the Advent and Easter seasons.
  4. Work with the Pastor, Music Director, and other worship staff to plan worship services.

Qualifications, Basic Requirements:

  • Musical knowledge and skill in directing and teaching instrumental and/or choral groups. Experience with Handbell choirs preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge of music regarding appropriateness for major liturgical seasons while considering the skill level of handbell choir members
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Good communication skills, including written, verbal, and electronic
  • Good organizational and follow-through skills

Please visit our website at ucccogs.org for a full job description and to learn more about our exciting community.

Questions and resumes may be sent to the church administrator at [email protected] or by calling the church office at 505 856-1004.

(posted August 10, 2022)


Handbell Director Position Available, Broomfield, CO

Lutheran Church of Hope, an ELCA congregation in Broomfield, Colorado, is seeking a Director to lead the Bells of Hope Handbell Choir. Currently at 4 octaves, the Bells of Hope Ensemble offers music anthems monthly in Sunday worship from September through May with weekly rehearsals as well as other special performances through the year. The successful candidate should have leadership experience in handbell conducting and teaching, an understanding of music within sacred and liturgical settings, be sociable and able to work collaboratively and imaginatively with others, and have a passion and fervor for the mission of the church.

A complete job description may be found on the congregation’s website at www.lchope.org or by contacting the church office at (303) 466-4823.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter with specific experience and resume no later than July 24, 2022 to [email protected].

Interviews will commence after July 24th and will continue until position is filled. Please note: candidate will be expected to demonstrate leadership and conducting skills with the choir as part of the interview process.

LCHope is committed to equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, physical handicap, medical condition, or age, to the extent required by law. This applies to all employment practices, including hiring, promotions, training, disciplinary action, termination, and benefits.

(posted July 13, 2022)


Coordinator of Music Ministries Position Available, Albuquerque, NM

St. Luke Lutheran Church is seeking a part-time Coordinator of Music Ministries to strengthen our vision of being “an inviting and thriving intergenerational congregation and preschool.” Our Christian community loves music and has diverse musical tastes. The Coordinator of Music Ministries will serve as a choir director and coordinator of a variety of musical programs and initiatives. We seek a lively community builder who values and engages talent within the parish and surrounding community.

For use in worship, St. Luke has a Casavant pipe organ, a Steinway grand piano, three additional pianos, a Kawai digital stage piano, and handbells and handchimes. St. Luke currently has one informal service on Saturday evenings and two more liturgical worship services on Sunday morning.

The successful candidate will be a good steward of the rich Christian musical legacy including traditional organ music, hymns, and choral music in the Lutheran/Protestant tradition. They will also have knowledge and skills in a diversity of music including global, jazz, folk, spirituals, Latin, and contemporary hymns and anthems. We would love to have a person who would joyfully expand the musical horizons of our congregation!

Specific duties include:

  • Collaborating with pastors and others (including our excellent organist) in planning worship opportunities
  • Preparing and directing the choir
  • Supervising and coordinating paid staff, choral scholars, substitutes, contract musicians, and volunteers
  • Administering our choral scholars program
  • Planning and tracking a music budget throughout the year
  • Potential additional work as an Early Child Music Teacher with St. Luke Preschool

Time & Compensation:

  • Part-time salaried; 20–25 hours per week (varying with season); salary $25,000–$28,000 commensurate with skill and experience.

Interested candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in music or other equivalent level of certification; keyboard and vocal proficiency; 2–3 years of experience in related music ministry field. Audio/visual technology experience desired.

To apply, submit:

Please send a letter of interest with a resume/CV by email to the “Chair of the Search Committee” c/o St. Luke Office Manager, Angie Miller, at [email protected]. Videos and/or recordings of performances/playing are helpful and encouraged.

Application deadline: July 27th or until filled.

(posted June 17, 2022)


Handbell and Instrumental Music Leader Available, Springfield, VA

Messiah United Methodist Church, a community of faith with an exceptional music tradition in Springfield, Virginia, is seeking a professional to serve as the part-time Handbell and Instrumental Music Leader. This person will be part of a team bringing music into the life of the church while continuing to grow our community.

  • The Handbell/Instrumental Music Leader will lead children, youth, and adults in age- and skill-appropriate choirs in expressing their faith and a love for the Lord through ringing. The handbell choirs will work independently and in concert with the greater music program. Working under the direction of the Director of Music Ministry, the successful candidate will be able to work with an Organist/Accompanist, a Children’s Choir Leader, several staff musicians, and additional contract musicians as warranted. An important part of this position is introducing young children to music through ringing. As time and ability permits, the Handbell Music Leader will stand-up and lead instrumental groups.
  • In addition to having proven musical competencies and talents, we are seeking a candidate of strong Christian faith, with excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to teamwork. Qualifications and skills required include: B.A. degree in Music with an education concentration; ability in piano, keyboard, or other musical instrument; and, skill in working with volunteers with various age, talent, and commitment levels. The ability to work with the parents of children is a plus. The successful candidate will need to complete a background check and annual child protection training.
  • This is a part-time position of 15 to 20 hours per week with a pay range of $19 to $21 per hour.

Please see the full job description at the church website here: https://messiahumc.org/curre/.

Please contact Tom Willson, Chairperson of the Staff Parish Relations Committee, at [email protected]

(posted June 7, 2022)


Handbell Director Position Available, Vancouver, WA

Lutheran church is in need of a new handbell director. The choir currently has eight ringers of various abilities. For more information, please contact Diane VanGundy.

(posted March 21, 2022; renewed July 13, 2022)


Handbells/Handchimes and/or Accessories for Sale/Wanted


For Sale: Schulmerich Case A — 1st Octave C5-C6 (missing C#5, D#5, F#5, and G#5)

Three cases of bells were gifted to our church, but we don’t have a bell choir and have no need for them. We have already sold two cases. They are beautiful instruments and we hope to find an appreciative home for them. We believe $1500 is a fair asking price. Thank you for your time and consideration. Please call Mike Misiak 216-375-3104 in Strongsville, Ohio, for more information.

(posted November 16, 2021, renewed February 15, 2022)


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