Divine Worship

Employment for Musicians

Updated November 15, 2017

Contact Wendy Silhavy, Senior Coordinator for Liturgy and Music, at 312.534.8011 or wsilhavy@archchicago.org to submit a listing.

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.

Parish Resources Calendar Editor – full time
World Library Publications
Franklin Park, Illinois

Position Requirements

  • Knowledge of and experience with Roman Catholic liturgical calendar
  • Familiarity with Roman Catholic traditions, practices, and contemporary parish life
  • Facility with Microsoft® Word®
  • Basic skills with Microsoft® Excel®
  • Proven project management skills and experience
  • Attention to detail and care for quality
  • Good pastoral judgment
  • Sound judgment regarding visual religious art
  • Creativity, flexibility, and a collaborative spirit
  • Familiarity with or aptitude to acquire basic skills with Adobe® InDesign® CC
  • Skill in copy writing and copy editing desired, but not essential
  • Basic skills in Spanish and/or Polish desired, but not essential

Primary Responsibilities

  • Edit four basic calendars and nine additional variations each year
  • Compile all necessary text and information for all calendars
  • Acquire and/or choose appropriate artwork for all calendars
  • Implement process and schedule of design, translation, and proofreading of all calendars in collaboration with WLP Director of Publications and WLP Production Manager
  • Edit other book, print, or digital projects as assigned by the Director of Publications

Work Schedule
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Franklin Park office.

Submit resume to:

Mary Beth Kunde-Anderson
Director of Publications
World Library Publications
the music and liturgy division of J.S. Paluch Co., Inc.

3708 River Road
Suite 400
Franklin Park, Illinois

Email: AndersonM@jspaluch.com

Music Director – full time
St. Pascal Church
3935 North Melvina Avenue
Chicago IL 60634

Saint Pascal Church in Chicago is seeking a Full-Time Music Director. The Director of Music is a professional staff member who has a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy. The ideal candidate should be proficient in piano and organ and have the ability to direct the adult choir and children’s choir as well as the cantors.

The Director of Music will be responsible for the following:

  • Planning of liturgical music
    • Schedules liturgical music for Sunday Masses
    • Chooses octavos and motets for the choir
  • Development/Training for cantors
    • Provides training and guidance for cantors
    • Records and rehearses liturgical music for cantors
  • Ordering and maintaining music library
    • Orders new music for the choir and parish
    • Chooses liturgical music resources
  • Manages equipment and instruments
    • Ensures proper maintenance is performed on piano and organ
    • Ensures the sound system is functional and operational
    • Ensures the bell system is functional and playing correct music at correct times
  • Coordination for special liturgical events – funerals, weddings, etc.
    • Meets with wedding couples to pick music for their wedding liturgy
    • Acts in consultation with the Ministry of Consolation for music selections for funerals when help is requested
    • Creates worship aids as needed
  • Management of the Music Budget
    • Prepares the yearly music budget, including those items pertaining to liturgy, in collaboration with the Pastor and Bookkeeper
    • Manages the budget for the parish music program
  • Collaborates with the Clergy, Religious Education Director, Head of School, Youth Minister and other staff members
    • Coordinates and ensures appropriate music for all parish sacramental celebrations
    • Provides consultation and assistance as needed

Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree

Please send cover letter, resume and three professional references to the attention of Carol Coleman via email  ccoleman@stpascal.org or mailed to

Saint Pascal Church
3935 North Melvina Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634

Director of Liturgical Music – part time
St. Bernard Parish
Homer Glen, IL

St. Bernard’s Parish in Homer Glen, IL (Joliet Diocese) is seeking a part-time Director of Liturgical Music to “foster full, conscious, and active participation” through music primarily during the 3-4 weekend liturgies by selecting appropriate music; recruiting and rehearsing cantors, choir and instrumentation; providing keyboard accompaniment for all weekend liturgies and special liturgies, as well as cantoring, when needed; and other related activities as requested by the pastor. Leading the music at funerals and weddings will be additional responsibilities. St. Bernard’s Church & Pastoral Center is located just west of Orland Park at 13030 W. 143rd Street. St. Bernard’s worship space is a large multi-purpose space with flexible seating-in-the-round and fixtures arranged in antiphonal style. Send resumes to: Rev. Joseph McCormick, OSA at the rectory office center, 14135 Parker Road, Homer Glen, IL 60491-9692 or to jmccosa@gmail.com

Date Listed: 9-5-17

**Note: the following two positions have been held by one person over the past several years. Applicants may apply for either position individually: if applying for both, let Kathy Morris and Fr. Peter Snieg know of your interest in combining the positions.

Director of Music – full time
St. Ignatius Parish
6559 North Glenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

St. Ignatius parish is seeking a full-time director of music for a bi-lingual (English-Spanish) faith community. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in music or its equivalent, a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic liturgical practice, and musical leadership skills in keyboard (piano and organ), voice, and conducting. Ability to lead music for both English and Spanish liturgies is essential. Salary and benefits follow the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Full job description on the parish website: http://www.stignatiuschurch.org/assets/pages/MusicJobDescription.html

Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to the attention of Kathy Morris: is@stignatiuschurch.org


Director of Music – part time
St. Joseph College Seminary
1120 West Loyola Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626

773.973.9750 (fax)

St. Joseph College Seminary is seeking a part-time director of music for the minor seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Duties include playing for liturgies as well as directing the seminary choir. Additional duties include teaching piano and voice and supervising all seminarian musicians. The ideal candidate will be a practicing Catholic, have a thorough knowledge of Roman Catholic liturgy and worship, proficiency in organ, piano, voice, and chant; knowledge of hymnody, contemporary hymnody, and familiarity with multicultural liturgical music.

Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to the attention of the Very Rev. Peter Snieg: psnieg@archchicago.org

Music Director - part time
St. Helen Catholic Church
2315 West Augusta Boulevard
Chicago, IL

St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood (2315 West Augusta Boulevard) is seeking a strong Catholic individual to serve as parish music director. The music director will be responsible for three English masses (9:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.) and one Polish mass (10:30 a.m.) every Sunday, weddings and funerals, and evening weekday feasts when needed. There is no Saturday vigil mass. The individual must play organ and piano as well as cantor for each English mass. The individual must also play the organ for 10:30 a.m. Polish mass, but there is a paid cantor who sings and plans for this mass. The church has a 1964 Moller pipe organ and new digital keyboard plus sound system in the choir loft, and a movable upright piano in the sanctuary, not to mention fabulous acoustics. There are no choir or rehearsal obligations at this time. The position is available starting August 27, with potential substitution dates prior. Please contact current music director Alex Fries to schedule an interview time or to ask any questions: sthelensmusic@gmail.com

Date Listed: 7-7-17

Music Director
Immaculate Conception Church
8756 South Commercial Avenue, Chicago IL

Immaculate Conception Church seeks the following person:

  • Play organ for three Sunday Masses, two in Spanish and one in English
  • Play organ and occasionally sing for weddings, funerals, quinceañeras
  • Direct and accompany choir for the Mass in English
  • Direct and accompany choir for one of the Masses in Spanish
  • Teach General Music in the parish school, K-8 one day per week
  • Direct and accompany the school choir
  • Play for weekly school Mass

Applicants should know how to play and care for a pipe organ. Ability to speak basic Spanish a necessity, because the parish is 95% Hispanic.

For more information or to apply contact: Fr. Xamie Reyes at frxamicreyes@aol.com

Date Listed: 6-26-17

Tenor and Bass Section Leader positions – part time
Ss. Faith, Hope and Charity Parish, 
191 Linden Street, Winnetka IL 60093

Ss. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka, has a thriving Parish choir and we are looking for Tenor and Bass Section Leaders for the coming choral season Oct-May. The choir sings at the Sunday 9:00 a.m. Mass each week and for special services during the Christmas period and during Holy Week. Choir practice is on Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The section leaders also sing as an octet at various liturgies during the year and act as cantors for other weekend liturgies, weddings and funerals. Minimum of 2-3 calls per week.

Please contact Christian Stirling cstirling@faithhope.org for more details.

Organist/Choir Director – part time
Community Presbyterian Church
407 North Main Street
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Community Presbyterian Church in Mt. Prospect is seeking a part time organist/ choir director. Position responsibilities include one evening rehearsal, and one Sunday service. Hours average 6 per week. Starting date September 1st.

For information, contact incumbent organist John Hopkins at jhopkins17@gmail.com

Sunday Mass Music Liturgy Director – part time
All Saints – St. Anthony Parish
518 West 28th Place
Chicago, IL 60616
Office: 312.842.2744
Fax: 312.842.2791


Sunday Mass Music Liturgy Director

All Saints-St. Anthony Parish is seeking a director of liturgical music for our Sunday Morning English Mass. The parish is located in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood and has recently introduced a new weekend mass schedule to better serve the needs and new realities of our historic parish.

This exciting opportunity is best suited for an enthusiastic and creative musician with a strong background in various forms of Catholic liturgical music and the ability to inspire the parish to discover their musical talent. This new position requires a person of faith, prayer, and love of the Catholic Church who is able to engage the community in songful praise and worship.

Selection and direction of music/song for our 9:00am Sunday Mass. Develop a choir* which will lead the congregation in song twice a month. Once choir is formed the director will be responsible for scheduled rehearsal and practice sessions.

Work with pastor, liturgical ministers and pastoral staff to responsibly prepare for the liturgical seasons.

Position begins July 2017 

*The parish hasn’t had a choir for several years. We are looking for innovative and creative models for our choir. Director should be flexible with both traditional and non-traditional models of choir

Stipend per liturgy and rehearsal. Negotiable within Archdiocesan guidelines.

Please send résumé to assa1875@aol.com

Music Director – part time
Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish
16043 South Bell Road
Homer Glen, Illinois

Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Homer Glen, IL. Is seeking a Part-Time Director of Music for our parish of approximately 1,400 families. Applicants should have a strong music background; able to play the piano/keyboard; lead the choir, cantors, and congregation in song; be well versed in Roman Catholic liturgy is desirable; choral and instrumental directing; work as a team member; possess strong interpersonal skills; able to play at weekend Masses; Funerals; Special Occasions, Holy Days, etc. Salary is negotiable. Subject to background check.

Please email resume to frjoseph@omgccc.org or call 708.301.6246

Date Listed: 8-11-17

Liturgical Resource Coordinator
Officer of Divine Worship

Parish Vitality and Mission

Reports to: Director of the Office of Divine Worship

Direct Subordinates: None

Basic Functions
The Liturgical Resource Coordinator implements the goals and plans of the Office of Divine Worship in alignment with the Renew My Church initiative. Assists in the development and coordination of printed materials, programmatic opportunities and resources for ministerial formation.

Duties and Responsabilities

Liturgical Leadership:

  • *Represents the Office of Divine Worship to further the ideals and vision of the liturgical apostolate.
  • *Meets regularly with Office Director.
  • *Insures that the Office of Divine Worship is guided by and accountable to the seven indicators for Mission Vitality which are integral to the Renew My Church initiative of the Archdiocese.
  • *In collaboration with the Vicariate Parish Vitality Coordinators and the Vicariate Coordinators of Life Long Formation develops and implements goals and action plans that address issues of pastoral concern, taking into account the diversity of the Archdiocese.
  • *Serves as a Liaison with Liturgy Training Publications in providing appropriate Archdiocesan resources, in Spanish and in English, for parish worship, particularly in regard to the initiatives of Renew My Church.
  • *Builds and maintains relationships with pastors, parish administrators and other liturgical leaders, especially in the Spanish speaking communities, to assure programs are effective in meeting pastoral needs.
  • Provides models and guidance in preparing multicultural liturgies, especially on the Archdiocesan level.
  • *Assists Vicariates and the Consejo in developing and implementing programs for training liturgical ministers in Spanish for service in parishes and institutions of the Archdiocese.
  • *Assists with coordination of Archdiocesan liturgical celebrations (i.e., Rites of Election, Chrism Mass, Episcopal ordinations, etc.).
  • Other duties as assigned by Director

* Denotes essential functions of this position, in conjunction with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Requirements and Preferences
Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree

Education Preferred: Background and Studies in related fields, e.g., Liturgy or Theology

Experience Required: 3+ years with coordination experience at the parish level. Must demonstrate understanding and support for Catholic Liturgy, Catholic Church teaching, missions and values

Experience Preferred: Significant experience in diocesan Worship Office

Skills Required: Ability to speak and write fluently in Spanish and in English
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, strong project management skills and ability to implement programs, strong facilitation skills, ability to conduct open dialogue, excellent organizational skills , ability to relate at multiple ecclesial levels: parish, deanery, vicariate, Archdiocesan and departmental, strong Microsoft Office skills including Word and Power Point, strong decision making ability and exercising good judgment

Skills Preferred: Team Player with strong Conflict Resolution skills

Date Listed: 01-17

Elementary Music Education Specialist/ Music Associate - Full Time
Queen of Angels Catholic Parish
2330 W. Sunnyside, Chicago, IL 60625

Queen of Angels Parish, located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, is currently accepting applications for an elementary music education specialist to oversee the music education in the parish school of 450 students and work with the Director of Music to sustain and expand the parish music ministry. The school music education program is Kodaly based with an emphasis on choral singing and developing strong musical skills. Also included in the curriculum is ukulele instruction and handbells in the upper grades. The parish music program consists of two children’s choirs, an English language adult choir, and a Spanish language adult choir. There are five weekend Masses, four in English and one in Spanish. All weekend Masses feature cantor and organ/piano. Choirs sing regularly during the choir season (September through May). The children’s choirs are primarily drawn from the parish school and CCD program of 200 students. The English adult choir includes paid section leaders as well as volunteers from the parish.

The parish church houses a 3 manual Moller organ of 25 ranks located in the rear gallery and a 7’ Yamaha grand piano in the front. The organ was renovated and enhanced in 2005. The parish has a 4 octave set of Schulmerich handbells, 45 ukuleles, a large collection of Orff instruments, and will install a Yamaha piano lab in the summer of 2017.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about providing high quality music education to elementary students, possess a strong understanding of liturgical music, be committed to excellence in musical performance, have an elementary music certification, and be willing to work closely with the Director of Music and other musicians at the parish to enhance Queen of Angel’s reputation as a parish of musical excellence.

Applicants are invited to email a letter of interest, a resume, and any other supporting material to Kent Jager, Director of Music, at kjager@queenofangelschicago.org and complete the Applitrack application with the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Date Listed: 4-27-17

Musician-Liturgist - Full Time
Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
1150 W Centre Ave
Portage, Michigan (Diocese of Kalamazoo)


Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, a large parish located in Portage, Michigan, has a full time Musician-Liturgist job opening.
This position offers a competitive wage and benefits, including health insurance and pension.  


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in music or related field of study & have a degree or evidence of training on Catholic liturgy.
  • Experience in parish music ministry which includes leading congregational singing, choral conducting, assisting voices, and proficiency on piano and organ. |
  • Must have ability to work with youth and adults who may be trained and untrained musicians.
  • Organizational skills and proficiency in MS Office, particularly Access, Power Point, and Publisher.
  • Abilities to ability to develop instrumental and vocal parts, to operate sound and visual media are a plus, and to use Sibelius engraving software are all plusses.


  • Serving as the primary musician for weekend liturgies, as well as weddings and funerals and other liturgical event. 
  • Conducting rehearsals for various musical and choir groups.
  • Serving as the primary liturgy planner working in collaboration with clergy. 
  • Coordinating additional music groups for liturgies.

A full job description and application form is on the Parish Website.Resumes and applications should be submitted to the

Human Resources Director
1150 West Centre Avenue, Portage, MI 49024-5318

Date Listed: March 22, 2017

Choir Director/Assistant Organist – Part Time
Immanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA)
616 Lake St
Evanston, IL


  • Immanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Evanston, IL, seeks a pastoral musician to direct adult volunteer SATB choir accustomed to singing both a cappella and accompanied. 
  • Immanuel Lutheran is a Reconciling in Christ congregation.
  • This is a salaried, part-time position; starting salary $15,000 - $17,000 depending on experi-ence. Start date negotiable but not later than August 15, 2017.


  • Minimum three years’ experience in professional choral leadership.
  • Master's degree preferred.


  • The Choir Director/Assistant Organist (hereafter CD/AO) is responsible for the planning and directing of choral, instrumental, and vocal music for worship, including mid-week Advent and Lenten services; contracting instrumental performers for special events; and serving as organist for Sunday worship approximately once a month (scheduling negotiable).
  • Our organ is a 1981 August Laukhuff mechanical action pipe organ installed and voiced by Kurt Roderer. Zimbelstern added 2013. Organ specs available here
  • Adult choir rehearses Wednesday evenings and sings for the Sunday service, as well as at special services during the course of the church year.
  • The CD/AO’s musical selections should reflect a sound knowledge of Lutheran musical traditions as well as a range of musical styles.
  • He/She should value and seek out opportunities for the entire congregation to sing unaccompanied.
  • CD/AO reports to the Pastor; meets approx. 6-8 times per year with Worship and Music Commitee; assists in preparing yearly budgets and annual reports; and oversees maintenance in good condition of all equipment used for music.   

Please visit our website, for more about us.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to CDAOsearch@immanuelevanston.org   
or send materials by U.S. mail to
Choir Director/Assisant Organist Search,
Immanuel Lutheran Church,
616 Lake St.,
Evanston, IL 60201.  

The search committee will continue to review applications until the position is filled. Candidates may be invited to audition at a time mutually convenient. 

Date Listed: March.2, 2017

Organist - Part Time
Grace Lutheran Church
Mount Prospect, IL


Grace Lutheran Church in Mount Prospect, IL, is seeking an Organist. Grace is a very active congregation and values the importance of music as an integral part of its ministry.  The ideal candidate will have excellent organ skills as well as proficiency in playing piano and possibly other instruments.  Candidate should preferably have a strong background in traditional liturgical music, while also being able to incorporate newer styles into our services

Primary instruments

  • Allen Digital Computer Organ (MDS-55); Yamaha grand piano


  • Serve as organist for weekly worship services each Sunday, holiday services, weddings and church funerals
  • Work with the Worship and Music Committee and Choral Director of Music to provide overall leadership and direction to Grace’s music ministry
  • Accompany choirs for rehearsals and worship services as needed
  • Music administration includes meeting with the Choral Director of Music and the pastor for planning worship music and selecting hymns
  • Work with the Choral Director of Music to manage annual music budget for purchase of new music and maintenance of musical equipment
  • Work with the Choral Director of Music to arrange for solo and special instrumentation as needed Average of ten hours per week

Directions to Apply

Candidates are invited to send their resume to tsaurmann@access4less.net. Information about Grace can be found at www.checkgrace.org

Date Listed: January 26, 2017

Parish Musician; Part-Time
St. Rene Goupil 
64th Street and New England Ave

Chicago, IL


  • St. Rene Goupil Parish, located on the Southwest side of Chicago near Midway Airport, is seeking a part-time parish musician who will work with the Pastor in planning various liturgies, selecting music, accompanying/cantoring at the Masses and working with the parish choir.


  • The parish musician will be responsible for the weekend Masses, Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and the various holydays and holidays.
  • This is a stipend position with some flexibility. Position is ideal for someone looking for weekend and holyday work.
  • Position is available immediately.

Directions to apply

Date Listed: November 17, 2016

Director of Music Ministry; Part-Time
Organist / Pianist / Choir Director
Westchester Community Church, United Church of Christ; Westchester, IL


  • WCC, a west suburban, progressive, mainline congregation of 435 members, is seeking a part-time musician who will work with the pastor in planning the music ministry of the church using a wide variety of musical styles.


  • The applicant should have excellent skills as an organist while at the same time can play piano/keyboard and direct our chancel and youth choir and help to develop a praise music program.


  • This person will be the musician for all Sunday worship and holiday services.
  • The individual will also be available for weddings and funerals or be able to find a replacement.
  • The applicant will have outstanding communication skills in working with the pastor, staff and members and will manage the music library.

For questions and a complete job description, send letter and resume to elainehempel@att.net.

Date Listed: October 11, 2016