Protestant Music Director Pianist Keyboardist

Misawa Air Base Chapel Musicians

29 Apr 2021

Misawa Air Base Chapel


Pianist Keyboardist


The successful candidate for this position will be a 1099 contractor with Music Ministry International and be responsible for the following:

1. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES/GENERAL INFORMATION. Non-personal service. The music director shall, under the guidance of the Protestant Worship Service Chaplain(s), serve as the primary music director to provide choral and congregational musical direction in support of and meet the needs of (2) Protestant Worship Services at the Misawa AB Chapel, Bldg. 358.

1.1. Tasks. The music director shall perform tasks listed in para. 1.1.1. - 1.1.9. Performance shall meet or exceed established standards of timeliness and accuracy.

1.1.1. Direct/coordinate all music support requirements for (104) Protestant Worship Services in consultation/cooperation with the Protestant Worship Service Chaplain(s), the Deputy Wing Chaplain, the Wing Chaplain or their designated COR as well as other musicians, and/or singers.

1.1.2. Lead/participate in 104 weekly Protestant Worship rehearsals with the Protestant musicians and singers.

1.1.3. Provide music for up to (8) special seasonal worship services as requested by the Protestant Worship Service Chaplain(s) to include, but not limited to, Christmas, Easter and Combined worship services

1.1.4. Participate in up to (24) rehearsals for aforesaid special services in cooperation with the Protestant Worship Service Chaplain(s), other musicians, and singers.

1.1.5. Select hymns, songs, and worship music for Protestant Worship Services. Music director will submit selections to the Protestant Worship Service Chaplain(s) or his/her designee for review in line with the local liturgical cycle. Music director will deliver at the beginning of each 4th annual quarter the next annual years’ worth of music for review by the Protestant Service Chaplain(s). Music director will review songs for the upcoming quarter with each Service Chaplain(s) at the beginning of the current quarter’s final month, e.g. Music director will review the second quarter’s song selections with the Service Chaplain(s) the first week of March. Music director is responsible to be flexible to song request changes on a given week or when working with a change in the preaching rotation for a given Protestant service. Unless otherwise arranged, the Service Chaplain has override of a given song selection and is responsible to approve submitted song selections for annual submissions and reviews selections each quarter. Service Pastor will submit liturgy and song selection changes to the music director prior to the practice of a given week’s worship service. If a given worship set has been practiced the week of, changes to the song selection will require approval by the Deputy Wing Chaplain or his/her appointed designee.

1.1.6. Recruit a volunteer choir consisting of a minimum of (4) volunteers and assemble them 30 minutes prior to the announced time of the service for a 10 minute warm-up session that will end no later than five (5) minutes prior to the start time of the service. Music director will remain in the sanctuary during the worship service. If a minimum of (4) volunteers cannot be found, the Music director has (1) month to ensure (4) volunteers are recruited to participate in the choir.

1.1.7. Music director is responsible to ensure proper setup and tear down of all necessary items for rehearsals and worship services. Music director is responsible to ensure the sanctuary space is returned to a neutral position at the end of the last protestant service of the day (either traditional, contemporary or combined).

1.1.8. Ensure the areas used will be properly secured upon completion of rehearsals and worship services and returned to their religiously neutral positions as determined by the NCOIC/Superintendent of the Chapel.

1.1.9. The music director shall provide a qualified substitute in the event the music director cannot meet any obligation of this contract. A “qualified substitute” is defined as an individual who meets the qualifications outlined in para.1.7.1 of this PWS. The music director shall personally perform the services or coordinate performance by a

Substitute/submusic director of equal or higher proficiency as outlined in para. 1.7.1. (in instances such as illness or an extended leave of absence) that has been approved in advance by the Protestant Worship Service Chaplain(s), Superintendent or Wing Chaplain no later than 14 business days. The music director is responsible for payment of the submusic director.

1.1.10. Music director will coordinate rehearsals with the Protestant Parish Coordinator. Music director will coordinate volunteer participation in every weekly practices and the scheduling of volunteer participation in regular and 4

special/seasonal worship services. Music director will be present 30 minutes prior to scheduled worship time and ensure the security of the facility before departing after each practice, ensuring the facility is returned to a religiously neutral position per the instructions of the NCOIC/Superintendent.

1.2. Place(s) of Performance.

1.2.1. The music director shall perform at the Misawa AB Chapel, Bldg. 358, and at other locations on Misawa AB as prescribed by the Wing Chaplain, NCOIC/Superintendent of Chapel Operations, Deputy Wing Chaplain, Wing Chaplain or appointed designee no later than 14 business days in advance.

1.3. Work Schedule.

1.3.1. Hours of Operation. The music director shall provide services to all regular, special, and necessary rehearsals for the scheduled weekly Protestant Worship services at the Misawa AB Chapel, or other locations on Misawa AB as prescribed by the Protestant Service Chaplain(s), Superintendent/NCOIC or Wing Chaplain. The music director should be in place to prepare/setup for the service(s) no later than 15 minutes before the service(s) start. A typical service, excluding preparation and setup time, will last 2 hours. Service and rehearsal dates and times are subject to change.

1.4. Qualifications.

1.4.1. Music director must furnish a resume that established they possess proficiency from sources that can include either academic or prior experience. The music director must be able to lead praise band/team and vocal congregational singing. Offerors will demonstrate technical proficiency through an evaluation. Offerors will be evaluated on four (4) pieces of written music, which they will receive on the day of the evaluation. Offerors will be evaluated on their ability to read music, play the notes as listed, vocalize, and to perform the provided music satisfactorily in terms of melody, tempo, rhythm and dynamic, making nor more than 3 mistakes or missed notes. Experience in church music, a background in vocal and instrumental music instruction, hymnology, traditional religious music, and contemporary religious music is desirable.

1.4.2. The music director must be fluent in conversational English.

1.4.3. The music director must be able to perform the required services during the performance period stated in para. 1 (base year) and two (2) option years.

Interested Candidates are requested to forward their resume together with three references from individuals who can attest to the candidate’s good work and steadiness.  Candidates who do not possess the specific attributes/qualifications in "1.4. Qualifications" above need not apply. This is a part-time position with compensation based on budget and the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications..   

Apply directly at: (scroll down to “Misawa”).  Your application must include three (3) references including one priest or pastor who can attest to your abilities as they relate to this job posting.  References must include: name, title, organization, relationship to you, email address (necessary field) and phone number. Depending on security software, candidates are requested to monitor spam folders for further application communications from MMI.