Divine Worship

Employment for Musicians

Updated July 2nd, 2020

Contact Wendy Silhavy, Senior Coordinator for Liturgy and Music, at 312.534.8011 or [email protected] to submit a listing.

Positions available will remain on the list for 90 days. If you would like your position listing to be extended for another 90 days, contact Wendy Silhavy.

Parishes sometimes list music positions on the main archdiocesan employment website, which you can find here.

If you wish to submit a listing to the main archdiocesan employment site, click here.

Director of Music and Liturgy – full time
St. Mary of the Annunciation
Mundelein, IL

St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish in Mundelein, IL (Archdiocese of Chicago) is seeking a Director of Music and Liturgy. The Director will assist the Pastor with overall efforts to ensure our liturgies are the source and summit of Christian life and to enable our parishioners to encounter Jesus Christ through prayer, the sacraments, and worship. Working with the Worship Commission, Pastoral Staff and Pastor, the Director will help plan, prepare, coordinate and implement ongoing liturgy, prayer and music opportunities for everyone in the parish. The Director will also develop, rehearse, direct and recruit the members of our choirs and cantors. The Director will work to achieve a good balance of traditional and contemporary musical styles and at all times respect the importance of the Assembly and its right to fully and actively participate in the liturgy. As a member of the Pastoral Staff, the Director is expected to take an active pastoral role in the parish. This includes helping to identify, develop and retain strong teams of volunteer leaders critical to the success of not only liturgy and music but also all parish ministries.

The candidate for this position should possess the following characteristics and skills:

  • Be a practicing Catholic who understands and supports Catholic Church teaching, mission, and values. Able to comfortably witness to one’s own faith journey.
  • 3-5 years of experience preparing various liturgical celebrations.
  • 3-5 years of experience leading congregational song and choral conducting.
  • Proficient keyboard accompaniment skills. Organist and Cantor skills desired. Applicant will be required to perform a piece on piano or pipe organ.
  • Knowledge of the Church’s official liturgical books and various rites used in celebrating the sacraments of the Church in their appropriate liturgical contexts according to Vatican II principles.
  • Knowledge and comfort with Church music literature in all forms and styles for the congregation, choirs, vocalists, and instrumentalists.
  • Comprehensive vision and understanding of evangelization.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Computer skills, especially Microsoft Office. Excellent organizational skills. Working knowledge of sound systems.
  • Provide leadership, music and direction at four liturgies every weekend, as well as holy days, funerals, weddings, sacrament celebrations, and special parish liturgies and events.
  • Undergraduate degree (or equivalent experience) in Liturgy, Sacred Music, Pastoral Studies, Theological Studies or Musical Performance. Master’s Degree a plus.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Salary commensurate with skills and experience. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Fr. Jerry Jacob at [email protected].

Date listed: 7-2-20

Director of Music – part time
Saint Mary of Gostyn Catholic Church
Downers Grove, IL

Pastor – Rev. James Schwab
[email protected]
630.969.1063

Parish Summary
The Parish of Saint Mary of Gostyn is located in suburban Downers Grove, Illinois. It has 2600 registered families with a school enrollment of 482 students and a religious education program of 500 youth. There are five Masses on the weekend: the anticipatory Mass on Saturday at 4 p.m.; Sunday morning at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m.; and Sunday evening at 6 p.m.

Job Summary
The Director of Music, reporting to the Pastor, is responsible for assisting parishioners in the worship through sacred music in the liturgical life of the parish. The director must demonstrate strong leadership skills necessary to identify, develop, and retain volunteer accompanists, cantors, and choir members. Additionally, the director is responsible for the appropriate, proportional, and necessary integration of technology with the liturgical rites.

Essential Job Functions

  • Direct the volunteer cantors, accompanists, and choir members to ensure all liturgies are scheduled, well-planned, rehearsed, and reverent.
  • Maintain the equipment, instruments, and resources for liturgical music.
  • Introduce and implement the appropriate, proportional, and necessary use of technology, for example, livestreaming or electronic hymnal boards.

Job Requirements

  • Previous experience in participating and leading parish music ministry.
  • Experience in choral conducting.
  • Demonstrated ability in a musical specialization, including the organ, piano, and voice.
  • Desire and ability to instruct and form volunteer cantors, accompanists, and choirs.
  • Availability to work weekends, evenings, and weekdays as needed, especially for Masses, weddings, and funerals.

The individual will be subject to a criminal background check, and will also be required to attend a Protecting God’s Children workshop in accordance with USCCB and Diocesan policy.

For additional information or to apply for the position, please contact Fr. James Schwab, Pastor, at [email protected]. Please include a resume, three references, and a letter of interest. Part Time, no benefits.

Date listed: 7-1-20

Organist – part time
Three Crowns Park Retirement Community
Evanston, IL

When the COVID crisis is over, an organist (and keyboardist, if you’d like the variety) to play for weekly Sunday interfaith chapel services (10:30-11:30AM) at Three Crowns Park Retirement Community in Evanston. If you’re available during the week we also conduct memorial services and funerals (about eight a year), and we have holiday needs as well.

Duties include planning the music (prelude, postlude, three hymns and a meditation), notifying Three Crowns of the music titles by Wednesday before the service, and working with the minister for that Sunday as needed. Three Crowns, which is without equivocation, a wonderful place to work, is able to pay $140.00 per engagement. We sometimes include the resident bell choir, and the professional harpist who works in Life Enrichment at Three Crowns. NOTE: The number of rehearsals is up to you except when you might play with the harpist. Bell choir is unaccompanied.

Please contact Reverend John Lionberger at 847.869.5885, or [email protected], for more information.

Date listed: 4-22-20

Director of Music Ministry - part time
Holy Family-Notre Dame Parish

Basic Functions:
The Holy Family-Notre Dame Director of Music Ministry is a faith-filled person who holds credentials in music and has a thorough understanding for and appreciation of the Roman Catholic liturgy. As a newly-formed parish in Renew My Church, the Director of Music Ministry at Holy Family-Notre Dame works to bring the parishioners closer to God through the ministry of music, uniting and engaging the parish community. He/she works to recruit, train and support people with differing levels of musical ability and within differing forms of worship. This person is responsible for the effective planning, coordination, and execution of music within the liturgical celebrations of the parish. This person is primarily responsible for providing piano/organ music and direct the choir at the regularly scheduled weekend liturgies. He/she will assist in the selection of appropriate piano/organ and choral music for each liturgy.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for music for all weekend liturgies and additional holy days and liturgical celebrations during the year as scheduled.
  2. Rehearse weekly with choir, ensemble groups, and cantors.
  3. Recruit, train and develop choir members, instrumentalists, and cantors representative of the diverse parish community.
  4. Work with the pastor and liturgy committee in the area of general planning and leadership of the music program by attending monthly meetings.
  5. Assist the Pastor in selecting appropriate hymnals, songbooks and other music resources.
  6. Oversee all administrative aspects of music and liturgy ministry.
  7. Maintain and update music library, instruments, and sound system in coordination with the pastor and Operations Director.
  8. May be required to provide piano/organ and choral music for additional celebrations as designated by the pastor.

Requirements:

  • Practicing Roman Catholic with knowledge of Roman Catholic liturgy
  • Proficient on keyboard (organ and/or piano) and in leading a choir or ensemble
  • Strong vocal skills
  • Adept at a variety of musical styles
  • Comfortable working with, training, and forming volunteer musicians
  • Good communication skills
  • Team Player with mission driven values and goals
  • Familiarity with basic computer software and email
  • Bachelor's degree preferred but not required with proven work experience

Salary: Will be commensurate with experience and Archdiocesan guidelines

Send resume to Sarah Pelrine, Operations Director at [email protected]

Questions? Call 312.243.7400

Date listed: 3-12-20

Music Director – part time
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
5472 South Kimbark Avenue
Chicago IL, 60615

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish located in the Hyde Park Community of Chicago, IL is seeking a part-time Director of Music. The music director should be an enthusiastic, faith-filled person who is responsible for all areas of music ministry for the masses and celebrations. The ideal candidate will become an integral member of the staff; and collaborate with fellow staff members and volunteers. Through understanding of the musical, liturgical, and pastoral judgements that must be made in selecting music for liturgy. The Director of Music will foster the full, conscious, and active participation of the congregation.

Responsibilities:

  • Selecting and directing music for all parish liturgical services directing and accompanying on piano all music ministers for liturgies, rehearsals, and special occasions -Funeral Masses and weddings are separate compensation. Will be responsible for being the Music Director at the Saturday evening and Sunday Masses
  • Coordinate practices for the adult choir
  • Recruiting and training adult and youth choir members, instrumentalists, and cantors
  • Assisting parishioners in planning music for weddings and funerals, and playing for wedding and funeral liturgies
  • Collaborating with Religious Education for Confirmation and First Communion celebrations
  • Maintaining and updating music library, instruments, and sound system
  • Oversees all administrative aspects of music and liturgy ministry
  • Work closely with Director of Liturgy

Requirements:

  • Practicing Roman Catholic with knowledge of Roman Catholic liturgy
  • Proficient on keyboard (organ and/or piano) and in leading a choir or ensemble; vocal skills preferred but not required
  • Adept at a variety of musical styles
  • Comfortable working with, training, and forming volunteer musicians
  • Good communication skills
  • Team Player with mission driven values and goals
  • Familiarity with basic computer software and email
  • Bachelor's degree preferred but not required with proven work experience
  • Attend parish staff meetings.

To apply for the position, please forward resume to Paula Jones: [email protected]

Date listed: 3-6-20

Director of Music - part time
Calvary Episcopal Church
105 West Maple
Lombard, IL 60148

Founded in 1929, Calvary is a small family-style congregation with a big heart. The average Sunday attendance at our 9 a.m. service is 40, with a 9-member choir. We are an intergenerational congregation seeking to grow our Sunday attendance through dynamic worship experiences. We are seeking an enthusiastic and energetic team member to lead our music program, embracing our desire for growth in diverse membership.

The Music Director must provide music leadership of every Sunday worship service, using our electronic keyboard, and other services including Holy Week, Christmas, ecumenical services, and multi-racial/ethnic services. He or she will also direct the Adult Choir in weekly rehearsals from September through May, and recruit other members for the choir.

The Music Director will choose the music for each Sunday service and insert it as needed into the bulletin master on the computer. Other computer skills include providing information about the music program for the church web site, and sharing upcoming music events on social media.

The Music Director will work 8-12 hours on average each week, for an annual salary of $10,000 to $13,000, depending on experience. For a full job description, go to calvarylombard.org. Job applications are due by March 15, 2020.

Date listed: 2-20-20

Liturgical Coordinator – full time
Mercy Circle
3659 West 99th Street
Chicago, IL 60655

Mercy Circle is a newly constructed faith-based continuing care and retirement community sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy located on Chicago’s south side. Mercy Circle provides retirement apartments, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing care to individuals 62 years of age or older. We are seeking a qualified individual to serve as the Liturgical Coordinator. This full-time (32 – 40 hour/week), benefit-eligible role is responsible for coordinating the worship program for the liturgical year including sacramental services and celebrations. The Liturgical Coordinator reports to the Executive Director.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Plans the worship program for the liturgical year and other worship, sacramental services and celebrations.
  • Recruits for and coordinates the efforts of the liturgical ministers and committees and works with the liturgical presiders, lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, musicians, cantors, sacristans, etc.
  • Prepares and manages the annual Mercy Chapel Liturgical Ministries Budget.
  • Oversees and orders needed material for all liturgical ministries.
  • Monitors and ensures the cleanliness, maintenance and up keep of the physical premises of Mercy Chapel and collaborates with the Director of Plant Operations to ensure its beauty.
  • Creatively and spontaneously reacts to human realities within the community and the world by designing and orchestrating communal prayer appropriate to the human event. Provides for Communal Reconciliation service bi-annually (Advent and Lent), anointing of the sick, experience of Taize prayer and collaborates with plans for sisters’ wakes and funerals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or as responsibilities dictate, and serves on committees as directed.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in Theology or Music, with previous experience with liturgical music.
  • Minimum of three years’ prior experience with liturgy and pastoral ministry.
  • An in-depth formal education and understanding in Theology, sacramental and liturgical practices, and pastoral ministry.
  • Strong knowledge of the Catholic Church structure, teachings, liturgical norms, guidelines and historical evolution of the liturgical year.
  • An openness to consciously approach the Liturgical ministries from a perspective of the core values of the Sisters of Mercy and the mission of Mercy Circle.
  • A sense of the sacredness of the individual as well as the sacredness of the worshiping community.
  • Demonstrates effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work on a team to plan liturgies.
  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing schedules.

Mercy Circle is an EOE (Equal Opportunity Employer) and drug-free workplace.

Mercy Circle offers a number of generous and competitive benefits to associates including, but not limited to: medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability, life, 403b retirement savings plan, paid vacation/sick time and tuition reimbursement.

If interested, please submit your resume to Susan Tirpak, Director of Human Resources, at [email protected]

Date listed: 2-20-20