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Interim Music Director - Jen Timmins

JourneySongs invites applications for the position of Music Director, who fuses our mission of music and spiritual depth with enthusiasm, proficiency, and humble curiosity. The Music Director guides the group’s musical practice in rehearsals and memorial services, and informs practice around bedside sings.


Reports to:                            Steering Committee 

Mentors and Coordinates:      Substitute musical leaders
Benefits:                               None

Period:                                 August 15 - June 15

Stipend:                               $2,500


  • Lead rehearsals twice per month on Sunday afternoons (3:30 - 5 p.m.) in Newton

  • Ensure the learning and polishing of music, and periodically lead bedside “sings” in a number of contexts: hospice facilities, private homes, hospitals, nursing homes, etc.

  • Coordinate performances at memorial services and outreach singing

  • In consultation with group members, curate repertoire to best meet the needs of patients, their families, and singers.

  • Explore ways with the Steering Committee, to expand JourneySongs’ reach (i.e., through recordings and a digital presence).

  • Create a nurturing, supportive, and empathic learning environment with high musical expectations

  • Actively participate with the Steering Committee to strategize in the areas of membership, marketing, budget, and space needs

  • Share strategies for singing without books, from heart not head


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music (voice, music education, or related field)

  • Demonstrated ability and interest in adult and “aging” vocal pedagogy, choral techniques, and diverse instructional strategies

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to work as a member of a team

  • Sensitivity to spiritual aspects of music-making and an empathic approach to bedside singing



  • Master’s Degree in Music (choral conducting, music education, or related field)

  • 2 years of successful experience in a community choral setting

  • Experience in music-making outside the concert hall


To submit an application, please send a cover letter, resumé, and list of three references to


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