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Working As A Choir Director

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  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Choir Director Do

A Choral Director, also known as a choir or music director, manages various aspects of vocal or instrumental musical performances. A Choral Director is also responsible for selecting music, conducting rehearsals, choosing accompanists, and choosing individual singers for solos.

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Average Yearly Salary
$81,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$174,000
Max 90%
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Highest Paying City
Albuquerque, NM
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Choir Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Choir Director in the United States is $81,739 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $174,000.

Real Choir Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Choir Director Calallen Independent School District Corpus Christi, TX Oct 01, 2009 $50,170
Choir Director Eun Hae Presbyterian Church NY Dec 01, 2010 $45,914
Training Choir Director The Boston Children's Choir Boston, MA Oct 01, 2009 $43,827 -
$52,175
Choir Director Korean Church of Atlanta, UMC, Inc. Duluth, GA Jan 12, 2015 $43,077
Choir Director The Cathedral of St. John Albuquerque, NM Oct 01, 2011 $40,133
Music and Choir Director St. Raphaels Rockville, MD Nov 20, 2014 $40,082
Choir Director Peniel Korean Presbyterian Church Willow Grove, PA Oct 01, 2011 $39,653
Choir Director Peniel Presbyterian Church Willow Grove, PA Oct 01, 2011 $39,653
Choir Director Peniel Korean Presbytyerian Church Willow Grove, PA Oct 01, 2011 $39,653
Choir Director Korean-American Presbyterian Church Willow Grove, PA Oct 01, 2011 $39,653
Choir Director Korean Western Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jul 27, 2013 $39,256
Music Director/Choir Director Korean Catholic Community of Boston MA Nov 01, 2009 $38,000
Music Director/Choir Director Korean Catholic Community of Boston MA Nov 06, 2009 $38,000
Choir Director Korean Western Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Apr 09, 2014 $36,899
Music/Choir Director Sun EUI Church of Ny NY Sep 14, 2015 $36,046
Choir Director Indonesian Mennonite Church Philadelphia, PA Sep 08, 2015 $35,855
Choir Director Korean Presbyterian Church of Metro Detroit Southfield, MI Mar 16, 2010 $35,375
Choir Director The Korean United Methodist Church of Staten Islan New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $29,009

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Top Skills for A Choir Director

  1. Adult Choir
  2. Choir Classes
  3. Music Theory
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  • Organized and coordinated repertoire and programs for adult choir composed of military personnel; Directed choral performances: U.S.
  • Led band and choir classes in 6-8 grades and assisted the high school band director during the marching band seasons.
  • Designed and taught new curriculum for three high school courses: Beginning Music Theory, Advanced Music Theory, and Humanities.
  • Give instruction to students, follow lesson plans, rehearsed students in a class setting with Concerts in mind.
  • Coordinate with Pastor and other ministries within the church for music selection and outside events requiring music accompaniment and/or choir.

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The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 2,379 Choir Director resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Choir Director Demographics

Gender

Female

51.1%

Male

38.2%

Unknown

10.7%
Ethnicity

White

64.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.2%

French

18.5%

German

14.1%

Italian

5.4%

Russian

3.3%

Irish

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Swedish

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Dutch

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Ukrainian

1.1%

Georgian

1.1%

Malay

1.1%

Armenian

1.1%

Braille

1.1%

Malayalam

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Chinese

1.1%
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Choir Director Education

Schools

Berklee College of Music

7.5%

University of North Texas

7.0%

Michigan State University

6.5%

University of Phoenix

6.5%

Northern Illinois University

6.0%

Ball State University

5.5%

University of Iowa

5.0%

Duquesne University

5.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.0%

Grand Canyon University

5.0%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

University of Washington

4.5%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.5%

Liberty University

4.5%

University of Cincinnati

4.0%

San Diego State University

4.0%

Florida State University

4.0%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.0%

Youngstown State University

4.0%

University of South Florida

3.5%
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Majors

Music

37.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

20.8%

Education

10.0%

Business

5.5%

Elementary Education

4.2%

Theology

3.2%

Educational Leadership

2.3%

Music Performance

2.1%

Psychology

1.9%

Rehabilitation Science

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Management

1.4%

Communication

1.2%

Entertainment Business

1.2%

Writing

1.2%

Theatre

1.1%

English

1.1%

Fine Arts

0.9%

Health Care Administration

0.9%

Accounting

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.7%

Masters

32.3%

Other

19.3%

Doctorate

3.8%

Associate

3.6%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.4%
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