Divine Worship

Employment for Musicians

Updated January 24th, 2020

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

Organist/cantor – part time
St. Bernard Catholic Church
Joliet, IL

Organist for 9:00 AM Sunday Mass, Easter and Christmas Masses and occasional Holy Day Mass.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Proficient in organ, comfortable cantoring from organ console.
  • Exhibits an understanding and familiarity with the musical, liturgical and pastoral judgments needed in the selection and performance of music for Roman Catholic Liturgy.
  • Works to develop liturgical spirit in the parish by promoting the full and active musical participation of the parish community, and fostering an atmosphere of welcome and hospitality.
  • Bachelors degree and prior parish liturgical experience preferred.

If interested, contact Fr. Christopher Groh (815-726-4474) or magdalenechurch@aol.com

Date listed: 1-24-20

Music Director – part time
Our Savior Lutheran Church
420 West Downer Place
Aurora, IL 60506

Job Description:

  • One worship on Sunday - 9:30 A.M.
  • Brief Evening Prayer before choir rehearsal on Wednesdays.
  • Choir rehearsal/warm-up before worship on Sundays Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday Good Friday; Weddings and Funerals
  • Assist Pastor in planning worship
  • Staff Meeting and Worship & Music committee when applicable
  • Must understand the difference between a liturgical choir and a performance choir.
  • The part-time music director would make $450 a week before taxes.  (There would be no pension contribution.)

Resumes to Pastor Nelson at: office@oursavioraurora.org

Date listed: 12-12-19

Organist/Cantor for English Mass – long term substitute position
Available January – July, 2020
Our Lady of Grace
2450 North Ridgeway
Chicago, IL 60647

Our Lady of Grace Parish is in need of an organist/cantor for the Sunday 8:30am English Mass from January-July. Contact Fr. Elvio Baldeon at 773.772.5900 for more information.

Date listed: 12-11-19

Director of Music - part time
Queen of the Rosary Church
750 West Elk Grove Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL

Queen of the Rosary Church in Elk Grove Village, IL is an active community seeking a part-time Director of Music. The music director is 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; a servant leader who fosters faith, prayer, celebration, and collaboration 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 assembly.

  • 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 and not a requirement to accompany
  • Will work in collaboration with Saturday evening Music Director
  • Will be responsible for being the Sunday Music Director at the two Sunday Masses
  • Coordinate practices of the adult choir
  • Recruiting and training of 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
  • 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 employee meetings and trainings as dictated by Pastor

Salary is $26,000 but will commensurate with experience

Expected 10-20 hours per week but will vary according to liturgical calendar Weekend Hours ARE Required (Sunday masses are at 8:00am and 10:30am)

Letter of Application and resume should be emailed to: bmichalski@qotr.org

Date listed: 11-6-19

Organist/Music Director - part time 
St John Lutheran Church
1100 Linneman Road
Mt Prospect, IL

St. John Lutheran Church is in need of an organist/music director. After 32 years of service to our congregation our Music Director will be leaving. We are first of all seeking a person experienced playing an organ and a keyboard (synthesizer) for two services on Sunday mornings and at all seasonal mid-week evening services. We would also appreciate a person capable of directing a vocal choir and a hand-bell choir. The position is part-time based upon an approximate ten hour work week of performance, choral rehearsals and personal practice. (Orders of worship and congregational hymns are planned by the pastor.) Salary is dependent on experience and abilities.

Please contact Pastor Jeff Gavin at 847.593.7670 or jeffgavin@sbcglobal.net.

Date listed: 11-1-19

Director of Liturgy and Music – full time
Divine Mercy Parish
Winnetka, Illinois

Making Disciples. Building Church. Serving Others.
Divine Mercy parish is a welcoming community that inspires disciples of Jesus to share God’s love and transform our world.

Divine Mercy parish, established in 2018, is comprised of two former parishes which have been combined into one and which operates two churches, each celebrating weekend Masses.

Position Summary:

The Director of Liturgy and Music (DLM) is an integral member of the parish staff who provides leadership in the planning and celebration of all parish liturgies and who develops and coordinates all liturgical ministries to ensure parishioners encounter Jesus Christ through prayer, the sacraments, music and worship. The Director is also a professional who holds specialized credentials in music and is responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of music within the liturgical celebrations of the parish. The Director has acquired, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent, in music and has previous experience in directing parish liturgical ministry.

The availability to work weekends is essential. Our weekend assemblies are enhanced by three music groups: the Saturday evening ensemble, the Sunday morning adult choir, the Sunday morning children’s choir (directed by the school music teacher, accompanied by DLM) and the Sunday evening college ensemble (for whom the DLM provides resourcing and selected guidance).

Responsibilities (Liturgy):

  • Directs the Liturgy Board, coordinating the preparation for liturgical seasons, sacramental celebrations, and the formulation of the yearly calendar of special events, e.g., family Masses, enrollment Masses, etc., with a focus on a welcoming and hospitable atmosphere.
  • Possesses a sense of the sacred and of ritual. Has a good sense of personal presence to the parish community, and the ability to articulate the parish’s spirituality into appropriate expressions of Roman Catholic worship.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the theology and history of sacramental and liturgical practices; knowledgeable regarding the liturgical year, adult initiation practice, and the relationship between ecclesial spirituality, liturgy and devotional expressions of popular piety.
  • Exhibits basic knowledge of liturgical principles and the Church’s liturgical norms.
  • Periodically reviews and evaluates the quality of worship and liturgical ministries.
  • Ensures appropriateness and adequacy of materials for worship such as aesthetic décor, ample supply of sacred vessels and effective sound systems.
  • Joins with others to develop the liturgical spirit of the parish, fostering an atmosphere of welcome and hospitality.
  • Recruits persons for various liturgical roles, involves new members and parishioners of all ages; oversees the administrative assistant who schedules liturgical ministers.

Responsibilities (Music):

  • Ensures that the liturgical music assists the assembly to express the gift of faith that is within them and to bring a spirit of unity through music into the celebration while leading the parish music program, selecting and planning music for all liturgies; accompanies and/or directs from the bench a total of four weekend Masses (one on Saturday evening and three on Sunday morning), and the Wednesday morning school Mass.
  • Develops, implements and evaluates the parish music initiatives.
  • Selects and maintains musical instruments; secures copyright permissions; reports licensing to applicable copyright holders.
  • Coordinates, schedules, and provides practical preparation for musicians and cantors for all Sunday and other major celebrations, including weddings, funerals, etc.
  • Builds repertoire and encourages participation of parish community in singing at liturgy.
  • Uses a variety of musical compositions throughout the liturgies of the parish, ranging from traditional hymnody to contemporary praise music.
  • Displays a thorough understanding of the musical, liturgical and pastoral judgments which must be made in selecting music for liturgy.
  • Maintains and builds the parish choral music library.
  • Exhibits proficiency in organ and piano.

Responsibilities (Liturgy and Music):

  • Collaborates with the pastor and other Directors on staff in discerning the vision that best enables the parish to offer ways for all parishioners to encounter Christ and be formed as missionary disciples.
  • Provides guidance to parishioners for planning sacramental liturgies, e.g., weddings and funerals.
  • Ensures compliance with the Archdiocesan guidelines for Protecting God’s Children for those in liturgy and music who minister with and to children.
  • Invites, motivates and trains all music ministers; arranges for training and formation of other liturgical ministers.
  • Keeps abreast of current developments in liturgy and music; is knowledgeable of and comfortable with Church music literature in all forms and styles for the congregation, choirs (adult, youth and children), vocalists and instrumentalists.
  • Prepares the liturgy and music budget in collaboration with the Pastor and Director of Operations.
  • Maintains a visible presence at principal parish events, keeping attuned to the living faith and real concerns of parishioners.
  • Supports the creation of worship aids that are engaging, accessible and functional.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word and Publisher.

Qualified applicants, submit a cover letter and resume to Michelle Wasielewski, Director of Operations, mwasielewski@divinemercynorthshore.org.

Date listed: 10-17-19

Minister of Music – part time
All Saints Episcopal Church
4370 Woodland Avenue
Western Springs IL

All Saints, Western Springs, seeks a part-time (10-12 hr/wk) Minister of Music. We are a small but exciting church with an average Sunday attendance in the mid-50’s. We love our music program and enjoy singing as a congregation. A volunteer choir rehearses weekly as available, and the congregation is supportive of new musical efforts. Worship at All Saints is fairly casual, but we celebrate the Eucharist weekly and adhere to a “Broach Church” Anglican tradition. The ideal candidate would be a skilled organist (preferably with some background in the Anglican, Lutheran or similar liturgical tradition), who is excited about learning new skills. Proficiency with other instruments a plus, but not required. We would also be excited about growing our music programming with and for children.

The Minister of Music will be responsible for the selection, rehearsal and performance of all musical pieces for services, and encouraged to pursue other opportunities to enrich the musical experience of the congregation in and out of worship. Hours are flexible most weeks, with the clear exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Holy Week (we have evening liturgies with music on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday). Three weeks (including Sundays) are provided as paid time off, with another week (including Sunday) for continuing education (a small budget is also provided to pay conference or material fees for continuing ed). A full position description may be seen at www.allsaintsws.org/hiring

For more information or to submit materials, please contact the Rev. Kate Spelman – rector.kate@gmail.com; 708.246.0030

Date listed: 10-11-19

Tenor and Bass section leaders – part time
St. Isaac Jogues
306 West Fourth Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521

St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Hinsdale, Illinois is looking for a tenor and bass section leader(s) to join the parish choir. Good sight-reading skills are necessary as the choir sings 2 different anthems each week along with antiphons and the musical parts of the Mass. The choir sings at the 10:30 liturgy on Sundays from September till June. The choir also sings for all the major feast days of the church, including Christmas Midnight Mass and Christmas Day, Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings in the choir room from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Call on Sunday mornings is 10 a.m. followed by Mass at 10:30. The choir wears traditional choir robes. Music includes the classical composers to contemporary. Choir is made up of people who sing in community choirs, college choruses and the Lyric Opera Chorus of Chicago.

The stipend is $50 per call. There are additional opportunities to cantor other liturgies and sing for weddings and funerals.

If interested, please contact Nick Thomas, Music Director, at 630-655-6669 or email him at nick@sijhinsdale.com.

Date listed: 9-18-19

Section Leaders – part time
St. Stanislaus Kostka Church
1351 West Evergreen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church (Chicago) is auditioning Soprano, Mezzo/Alto, Tenor, and Bass soloists and section leaders. We are specifically looking for professionals to support Sunday morning 10 a.m. choir and sing for holidays, holy days, and various additional Masses/services.

Standard Qualifications required:

  • Strong sight-reading skills
  • Experience or proficiency singing Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, religious acclamations, and anthems
  • Experience working in a ministry setting with amateur and professional musicians
  • Must exhibit strong interpersonal skills and the qualities of responsibility, punctuality, and reliability
  • Experience singing in Polish and Spanish a plus, but not required


  • Regular participation in Sunday morning 10 a.m. Masses supporting the volunteer choir and the occasional Saturday evening Healing Masses
  • Availability to sing for major holidays, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday and additional Advent and Lenten Liturgies
  • Other opportunities to solo and perform will be offered Compensation provided.

Email Lisa and Josh at music@ststanschurch.org to schedule audition and include your resume or repertoire list, headshot, and recording if available.

Date listed: 9-3-19

Accompanist/Director – part time
Church of the Holy Spirit
1451 Bode Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194

Position Title: Accompanist/Director
Pay Scale: Stipend – per service or rehearsal
Reports to: Director of Music


  • Rehearsal and Mass Accompanist/Director for 5pm Saturday Parish Choir year round
  • Rehearsals Thursday evenings, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Saturday Liturgy: 5:00pm Mass (4:30 call for setup)
  • Should be available to play for occasional Holy Day masses, funerals and weddings (other accompanists help out as well)


  • Proficient on piano/keyboard/voice, able to direct a small choir and group of instrumentalists
  • Capable and comfortable with sight-reading, improvisation, ability to play individual parts from choral score, teaching parts and leading rehearsal
  • Capable and comfortable with traditional and contemporary music
  • Basic understanding and familiarity with Roman Catholic liturgy and rituals
  • Must be compliant with the requirements of the Archdiocese of Chicago for protecting God’s Children. A background check is needed as well as other requirements which include an instructional class.

For additional information or to apply for the position, please contact Linda Donaldson, Director of Music, via email at Linda.D@churchoftheholyspirit.org

Date listed: 8-27-19