Hiring Director of Music Ministry

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To apply for this position, please send a resume and if possible a link/video of prior work to MusicMinistryPosition@KGPC.org

The Music Ministry at King's Grant Presbyterian Church (KGPC) is a vital component of how we worship and glorify our Lord and Savior.  Many members of our congregation and our youth participate in this outstanding Ministry.  We have been blessed to have had exceptional leadership from an extremely gifted individual for the past 41 years.  As she is poised to retire, we are in search of a talented musician and leader who can continue to enhance our worship experience through music.  Our Music Ministry can be summarized in a statement from one of our members:

The music “ministry” at King’s Grant Presbyterian Church is just that; a true ministry that touches many hearts for Christ.

KGPC is located in the heart of the Little Neck Peninsula of Virginia Beach, Virginia.  This is a family-focused community with the majority of residences constructed within the past 40-60 years.  There are three elementary schools in the area which are part of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), an award-winning public school division, with numerous accolades at the region, state, and national levels.  For the third consecutive year, 100% of schools tested in VBCPS earned full state accreditation from the Commonwealth. 

In addition to KGPC, there are five other churches of various denominations on the Little Neck Peninsula.  In the past, the churches have engaged in a number of ecumenical worship activities including several large choral concerts with guest conductors.  The churches collaborate in a number of local community support activities including housing the homeless and blood drives

Our church is approximately 15 minutes from the oceanfront and 20 minutes from downtown Norfolk.  There is plenty of shopping and restaurants within a 10-minute drive.  The Hampton Roads community (comprised of the cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk) is racially diverse with a strong military presence.    As one newcomer to the area summed up the community: “This is an easy place to live!”

Below is a listing of the components of our music ministry. 

Sanctuary Choir since 1963
Currently 31-34 members  serving 11:00 worship leading hymns and offering  weekly anthems
The choir is all volunteer.
Traditional music
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 7:15 pm & Sundays 10:30 am

Music Team since 2004
Currently 8 members serving 8:45 worship leading all songs- 2 guitars, bass guitar, drummer, 4 vocalists
Volunteers except bass player
Contemporary Christian music
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 6:00 pm vocals, 6:30 everyone, and 8:00 am Sundays

King’s Bells since 1986
11 members ringing C4 – C8 (4 ½ octaves)
Rehearsals: Fridays 9:00 am
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Chancel Bells since 1996
13 members ringing C3 –C8 (5+ octaves)
Rehearsals: Thursdays at 7:00 pm

Youth Bells since 1987
Currently 4 teenagers
3-4 weekly rehearsals at a time 3 times a year

Men’s Chorus since 1995
25-30 members singing for worship once or twice a year

With some exceptions, most of the choirs are of the older generation. They are loyal with many gifts to offer which they do willingly and beautifully.

Services and rehearsals listed above have taken place typically the 3rd Sunday of September through Memorial Day. From Memorial Day through summer and Welcome Day, there is one 10:00 service that combines traditional and contemporary music. The Sanctuary Choir and Music Team sing about once a month during the summer.

Children’s Choirs (Cherub, Rainbow, & Youth Arts Orff) are led by Jill Caynor.
Times are coordinated and they sing for worship 4-5 times a year. Jill most often needs an accompanist.

The third Sunday of Advent is typically a Lessons & Carols service with Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra (18 instrumentalists). The music serves as the message. There is no sermon.

Easter Sunday
7:00 am Sunrise outside – lead 2 hymns a cappella
8:45 am Music Team with 3-4 added instrumentalists
11:00 am Sanctuary Choir with Brass Quintet

Patriotic Music
Sunday before July 4th  with Brass

Youth Sunday
Usually the first Sunday of May – all children’s & youth choirs participate.

Vacation Bible School
Children who participated in VBS will attend the church service the Sunday after VBS and provide much of the music for the worship service

Other special music
Piano and Organ duets are scheduled throughout the year.  Vocal soloists from the choir also provide special music during the summer months.                                Instrumentalists are arranged as needed usually with Sanctuary Choir anthems.

Several years ago a very special musical offering occurred with invited guest conductor and pianist Mary McDonald.  This was a wonderful event where all music was arranged by Mary including a commissioned piece dedicated to our music ministry.

Wick’s Pipe Organ 17 ranks 1984

     Refurbished from 2012-2016

Yamaha G3 piano 1972 in the sanctuary

-Yamaha digital piano in cabinet on wheels 2008
-Baldwin upright piano in Bell Room
-Yamaha P-22 upright piano in Music Room
-Portable electric piano with scissor stand and bench 2012
-5+ octaves Schulmerich handbells
     Bells were purchased in 1984, 1990, & 1995.
     Refurbished in 2010
-3 octaves Suzuki Tone Chimes
-3 octaves Schulmerich Hand Chimes
-Roland electric drums 2009
-Full complement of Orff metalophones & xylophones

-Glory to God purple hymnals – 300 in pews
-E.R. Moore off-white Sanctuary Choir robes with 2 stoles (4 colors) – 45
-Sanctuary Choir Inventory – approximately 600 anthems
-Orchestra music parts for Sanctuary choir – mostly Advent/Christmas – 90 sets
-Music Team – Word Music Praise and Worship Series Volumes 1-7
                          Word Music Hymns for Praise and Worship Volumes 1-2
-Handbell titles – approximately 300
-Library of Piano/Organ music

We sincerely hope that after reviewing the above information that as a talented musical leader, this position may be of interest to you.  To apply for this position, please send a resume and if possible a link to or video of prior work to MusicMinistryPosition@KGPC.org

Click HERE for a full job description

745 Little Neck Rd. 
Virginia Beach, VA 23452