I am a diversely skilled and highly dedicated musician seeking an opportunity to use and develop my skills in a ministry environment while pursuing seminary master's degree in a reasonable time frame. I currently serve in a full-time worship ministry position but am seeking free-lance opportunities to help pay for school.
Jul 2009 - Present
May 2005 - Jul 2009
Director of Student Worship
My official job responsibilities included building and developing student band, crew, and choir programs (details below). I was also the worship leader and technical coordinator for all the Student Ministry services and many special events. I was necessarily considered a member of the Student Ministry staff, but I was technically a full-time member of the Worship Ministry staff, reporting directly to the Pastor of Worship. As such I was sometimes called upon to serve on technical teams for productions, arrange, rehearse, or record music for an adult ensemble, or fill in for a worship leader, rhythm section player, or vocalist.
When I began serving at Concord, there were 2 former student worship band members, 3 students with technical experience and background, and an uninterested choir of about 10. When I left the student worship ministry included:
- Bands: We had 3 bands, each with 4-5 students. These bands shared service responsibilities for the Student Ministry on a rotating basis. Each band member was responsible for learning not just his/her instrument, but also stage equipment, technical equipment, music theory, etiquette, leadership, responsibility, and so on.
- Crew: Attached to each band was a tech crew consisting of 3 students and one adult. The students set up and operate all the equipment (audio, video, lighting) for our services, and the adults provided leadership and communication support. Crew members learn the same skills and concepts as band members (listed above). Click here for an example Band/Crew Entrance (Placement) Exam.
- Choir: Our student choir (FUSION) was a dynamic and exciting group of 80+ students, middle school through college age. We developed a Girls Ensemble, a Dance Team, and a group of soloists and background singers we call Featured Vocalists. Helping in leadership and administration is a group called FAST: FUSION Adult Sponsor Team. This leadership group was organized by committees and handles things like social events, costume/set design, and membership.
Aug 2003 - May 2005
Student Media Librarian
I was a compensated student assistant in the music library, average 15 hours/week. I did normal library work such as shelving and assisting other students in finding items. I also manned the media desk which held the collections of CDs, cassettes, LPs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and other media.
May 2003 - Aug 2004
My first two summers of college I did manual labor with a local commercial contractor, 40 hours/week. Responsibilities included light carpentry, concrete work, steel work, heavy lifting, equipment operation, site cleanup, and any other nonskilled or semiskilled labor.
Jul 2000 - Oct 2002
Regular commission-based retail sales associate, average 15 hours/week during school year, 30 in the summers. Job required knowledge and sales of RadioShack products as well as those of DirecTV, Sprint PCS, Verizon Wireless, and several other major electronics manufacturers.
Aug 2002 - May 2006
Bachelor of Music
Presidential Scholar (Full 4-year academic scholarship)
Composition and Arranging Emphasis
Minor in Biblical Languages
Overall 3.85 GPA - graduated Summa Cum Laude
Aug 1998 - May 2002
GPA: 4.0 Graduated #11 of 535