Divine Worship

Employment for Musicians

Updated November 30,2016

Contact Wendy Silhavy, Senior Coordinator for Liturgy and Music, at 312.534.8011 or Wendy Barton Silhavy (email) 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

Accompanist; Part-Time
St. Bonaventure Church
1625 W Diversey Parkway,

Chicago, IL 60614

For more info about St. Bonaventure, visit here
Contact: Jim Masini (email), Business Manager


  • Parish seeks pianist to accompany 10:00 am Sunday Mass each weekend. Music will be selected ahead of time by the Music Director.


  • Piano proficiency (and organ, if possible) Understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy, Knowledge of Catholic repertoire (congregation uses GIA Gather Comprehensive) Sight-reading abilities.
  • Applicants with vocal skills will be given higher consideration.


  • Accompany Sundays 10 a.m, either with cantor or choir.
  • Rehearse with cantors/choir 30 minutes before Mass. Occasionally lead singing from keyboard.

Interested applicants should please send resume to stbonaventure@archchicago.org.

Date Listed: November 29, 2016

Music Director for Life Teen Mass; Part-Time
St. Francis de Sales; Lake Zurich, IL

St. Francis de Sales is a large Catholic parish in Lake Zurich, Illinois in the Archdiocese of Chicago. We have a very active and exciting Life Teen youth ministry program, including 250-300 high school freshmen and sophomores in the Confirmation preparation program and 60 or more high school juniors and seniors in our peer ministry program. We have a 5 p.m. Life Teen Mass each Sunday throughout the year. Homilies are often teen oriented. Teens of various ages participate as lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Eucharist, servers and ushers. We also have music oriented to the teens.

We need one or more adult music leaders, or an adult-led band that can lead us in worship for the Mass. We'd also want teens to participate by playing or singing as well. We often use music suggested in the LifeTeen Liturgy Planning Guide. Compensation for the adult(s) will be negotiated. If interested, please contact Pam Lynch Plynch04@gmail.com 847.361.1172.

Date Listed: August 31, 2016

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 next to the Word of God for experience, celebration and sharing of God’s amazing grace.  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.
Responsibilities include the following:

  • Serve as organist for weekly worship services each Sunday, holiday services, weddings and church funerals.
  • Work with the Choral Director of Music to provide overall leadership and direction to Grace’s musical ministry. 
  • Accompany choirs as needed. 
  • Music administration includes meeting with the Choral Director of Music and the Pastor, and selecting hymns for all services. 
  • 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. Equipment: Allen Digital Computer Organ (MDS-55); Yamaha grand piano. Candidates may send their resume to tsaurmann@access4less.net. Information about Grace is at www.checkgrace.org.

Date Listed: September 19,2016

Music Director; Full Time
Holy Trinity Catholic Parish
25 E. Richmond St.
Westmont, IL 60559


  • The Music Director for Holy Trinity Parish is a person of faith who has a thorough understanding of the Roman Catholic liturgy.
  • Responsible for the effective planning, coordination and execution of music within all the liturgical celebrations of the parish, including five weekend masses from 4:30 p.m. on Saturday through and including the 7:00 p.m. mass on Sunday.
  • Collaborates with the Pastor, under his supervision, and with other members of the parish staff, integrating his or her own area of responsibility with the overall parish mission.
  • Selects and plans music in cooperation with the Pastor, Principal and the liturgy teams/committee for use in parish and school liturgies.
  • Selects and develops participation aids for the congregation, selects and maintains musical instruments, coordinates services and schedules of parish musicians, assures copyright permission, etc.
  • Prepares and manages the budget for the parish music program in collaboration with the Pastor.
  • Collaborates with other staff members (e.g., Principal, DRE, Youth Minister, etc.) to coordinate and ensure appropriate music for all parish sacramental celebrations, and provides them with consultation and needed assistance.


  • Five or more years of experience in music ministry. 
  • Demonstrates competency as a vocalist, keyboardist, including organ and piano, and choral conductor. 
  • Lead song when needed. 
  • Direct an adult choir and children's choir on a regular basis. 
  • The candidate must be knowledgeable of church music literature in all forms and styles for the congregation, choirs, (adult, teen, and children), vocalists, and instrumentalists. 
  • Proficient in liturgical principles. Has a thorough understanding of the musical, liturgical, and pastoral judgments which must be made in selecting music for liturgy. 
  • Available for funerals and weddings. 
  • Able to maintain office hours and attend staff meetings during the day. 
  • The Music Minister must have proficient computer skills and competency in at least one publications program. 
  • This ministry demands professional training in music and liturgy. Bachelor's Degree or equivalent is required, though a more professional qualification, such as the equivalent of a Master’s Degree in music and liturgy, is preferred. 
  • All candidates must pass a criminal background check and become VIRTUS certified. 

Please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to apply@holytrinitywestmont.org.

Date Listed: January 06,2017

Alto Section Leader
Bass Section Leader
Tenor Section Leader

St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church; Hinsdale, IL

St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Hinsdale, IL is looking for an Alto Section Leader for the parish choir. Must be a good sight-reader with the ability to lead the section in learning the choral music literature. Rehearsal is Wednesday evening 7:30 – 9 p.m.  Sunday morning call is 10:00 a.m. with Mass at 10:30 a.m. Stipend is $50 per call. Must be available for Midnight Mass, Christmas Day, Holy Week and Easter Sunday. There is the opportunity to cantor at other Masses at $50 per Mass. For more information email Nick Thomas, Music Director at nick@sijhinsdale.com or call 630.655.6669.

Date Listed: September 12, 2016

Soprano Section Leader; Part Time 
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church; Lisle, Illinois

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church is looking for a soprano Section Leader for the Parish Choir. This is a paid position, available January 9, 2017, and includes the following commitments:

  • Weekly choir rehearsals (Tuesday evenings, 7:30pm to 9:30pm) 
  • Sunday Liturgy (9:30am Mass), 8:45am rehearsal/call 
  • Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Holy Week, Easter, other liturgies at which the Parish Choir sings 
  • Occasional additional liturgies singing as part of an SATB Schola 

Experience in singing choral music and music sight-reading skills are required.

The Parish Choir sings from early September through the celebration of Corpus Christi (early/mid June) each year.

The individual will be required to attend a Protecting God’s Children workshop, and will also be subject to a background check.

For further information or to apply for this position, please contact Mr. Jim Susic, Director of Music, at 630.353.4529, or via email at jsusic@sjalisle.org

Date Listed: December 09,2016

Accompanist; Part Time
St. John of the Cross Parish 
5005 S. Wolf Road

Western Springs, IL 60558

This position reports to the Director of Music Ministries. St. John of the Cross is a vibrant parish serving 4,000 families with an excellent and well-established music program.

Accompany the Traditional Choir (40+ singers with 4 professional section-leaders) weekly at the Sunday 10:45 a.m. Mass with a weekly Wednesday evening rehearsal during the regular choir season (September through May)

Accompany for special parish liturgies, for example: Christmas Eve, 10 p.m.; Christmas Day, 10:45 a.m., Good Friday, 3 p.m.; Easter Vigil, 7:30 p.m.

Additional accompanying opportunities are available for interested candidates.

Highly proficient piano and organ skills (both preferred) including sight-reading, improvisation, and knowledge of keyboard accompaniment styles. Experience in Roman Catholic liturgy.

Stipend per liturgy and rehearsal.
Negotiable within Archdiocesan guidelines.

Interested candidates may send a resume and cover letter to:
Jessica Koch,
Director of Music Ministries

Date Listed: October 17, 2016

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. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact Fr. Tom Bernas at saintrenechurch@hotmail.com.

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. And, 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