Divine Worship

Employment for Musicians

Updated July 3, 2018

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.

Part-time Music Minister (benefits ineligible)
Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church
1S314 Summit Avenue
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church, a parish of 900 families in Oakbrook Terrace, IL has an immediate opening for a part-time Music Minister. This individual will accompany, lead, and prepare appropriate music for the weekend liturgies, Holy Days, and other seasonal liturgies or services. This position reports directly to the Director of Parish Ministries, Religious Education, and Facilities. Bachelor’s degree or better in Performance on Piano or Voice (or other instrument), Music Education, Liturgical Music and/or related field is required. A minimum of five years of experience as a Music Minister in a Parish setting is required. Familiarity and experience in the Roman Catholic spiritual and liturgical life are a must. Background check and Virtus training are required of all Parish employees. Compensation commensurate with experience.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Will serve as the primary musician and as the Choir Director and Contemporary Group Director.
  • Serve as musician at all three (3) weekend liturgies. (4 p.m. Saturday (Anticipated); 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday)
  • Serve as musician on Holy Days and at other special parish events as needed.
  • To grow and maintain a ministry of Cantors, Adult Choir, and Contemporary Group.
  • To direct the parish choir (weekly) and Contemporary Group (once a month).
  • To foster and to encourage musical participation by the congregation.
  • To serve as a member of the parish staff and to attend monthly staff meetings. Meets with supervisor monthly.
  • To be responsible for the music library.
  • To prepare in cooperation with the parish business manager an annual budget.
  • Will provide a suitable substitute musician in absence of any liturgy.
  • Must work as a team player and promote the parish in a positive manner.
  • Other duties as designated by the Director of Parish Ministries, Religious Education, and Facilities and/or the Pastor.
  • Develop a children’s choir.


  • a. Provide music at funerals and weddings as available.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and references by e-mail to Mr. Vince Zaprzal, Director of Parish Ministries, Religious Education, and Facilities at vzaprzal@ascensionofourlord.net.

Date listed: 7-3-18

Choir Director
Bell Choir Director
Christ Church, United Church of Christ
1492 Henry Avenue DesPlaines, Illinois 60016

Christ Church, United Church of Christ, in DesPlaines Illinois, has an opening for a choir director, bell choir director, and organist, all three of which would be part time positions and could in fact be separate or combined. We are a church of approximately 185 members, serving the northwest suburban area of Chicago. Salary is commiserate on how the positions are defined. The positions would be available as of the end of the summer season. For further information, please see the church website christchurchucc.org or call the church office at 847.297.4230.

Date listed: 6-29-18

Choral Position Openings 2018-19 Season – part time
1 Tenor, 1 Bass (2nd Bass preferred)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
708 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

The Choir of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has one tenor and one bass opening in its professional roster for the coming 2018-19 season. The semi-professional, 35-member choir, under music director Paul French, sings an eclectic and engaging repertoire of Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, orchestral Classical Masses, Byzantine and Slavonic works, spirituals and a great variety of the music of contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt, Britten, Hovhaness, Vaughan Williams, Grayston Ives, Flor Peeters, Gerald Finzi, William Ferris, etc.

The choral season runs from mid-September through early June with two calls per week on average: a weekly Wednesday evening rehearsal, and the Sunday morning 11:00 a.m. Mass, with calls being paid at $50 and bonuses paid at Christmas and Holy Week. In addition, recording, concert and liturgical opportunities (weddings and funerals) are also possible.

The successful candidates will be superb sight readers and possess flexible choral instruments, as much of the choir's repertoire is sung with a restricted vibrato, and comfort with straight-tone singing is a must. Experience as a section leader is also helpful. The non-professional roster is auditioned and quite capable.

For further information or to schedule an audition, contact music director Paul French.
Paul French
Music Director
773.525.0453 x217

Organist/Accompanist – part time
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
Streamwood, Illinois

Organist/Accompanist needed for 2-hour Wednesday rehearsals and Sunday 9 a.m. Mass with the traditional choir beginning in September. This choir meets from September through Corpus Christi. Midnight Mass, Triduum, and some special liturgies also required. Occasional requests off can be granted. Organ skills are a must for this position, and piano is occasionally used. Allen Q275 Renaissance Quantum organ, and Young Chang grand piano. Opportunities for additional Masses are a possibility.

If interested, please contact the Music Director, Valerie Oestry, at voestry@mystjohns.org for an audition.

Director of Music – part time
Holy Spirit Catholic Community
Naperville, Illinois

Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Naperville, Illinois is seeking a part-time position (up to 30 hours a week) for a Director of Music. The qualified candidate will accompany, lead, and prepare appropriate music for weekend liturgies, Holy Days, weddings, funerals, quinceaneras, and other seasonal services. Other responsibilities include directing the adult and children’s choirs, collaborating with the parish staff, overseeing the participation of instrumentalists and cantors, and recruiting parishioners to participate in the music ministry program. Salary will be commensurate with expertise and experience.

Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in music is required in addition to a minimum of three years’ experience as Director of Music in a parish or other ministerial setting. Strong piano, conducting, and vocal abilities are necessary; organ proficiency is preferred. A candidate with excellent musical, interpersonal, and organizational skills, liturgical knowledge, and spiritual/pastoral leadership qualities are a must.

Email your cover letter and resume to Father Dennis Lewandowski at welcome@hscc.us.

Date Listed: 6-15-18

Alto and Tenor 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 ALTO and TENOR SECTION LEADERS for the coming choral season Oct-May. The choir sings at the Sunday 9AM 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.

Date Listed: 6-13-18

Church Organist – part time
First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, Illinois

Part-time organist position at the First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, a Chicago suburb. Salaried position with no benefits. The church’s Mӧller pipe organ (1952, 1963), rebuilt and expanded by Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders (2017), has 3 Manuals, 55 stops and 41 ranks.

For additional information: www.berghausorgan.com. Provide music for weekly Sunday morning and special services. Accompany adult, youth, and children’s choirs in rehearsals and worship. Bachelor’s degree in music or organ performance required. Church music experience required. Compensation commensurate with education and experience. Additional income possible form lessons, weddings, and funerals. Employment expected to begin August 1, 2018.

Contact church office for complete job description at 708.352.1250 or office@fumclg.org.

Please email resume to office@fumclg.org.

Date listed: 6-13-18

Director of Music – Part Time
St. Joan of Arc
9248 North Lawndale Avenue
Evanston, IL  60203

St Joan of Arc is a vibrant and welcoming parish situated on the Skokie- Evanston border. We are currently seeking a Director of Music (Part-time) to plan, lead and participate in Liturgical music at all weekend Masses and other parish and school Liturgies such as Holy Days, Reconciliation services, sacramental celebrations and prayer services. Music is an essential part of our worship and we place a high value on quality music that inspires our participation in the Church’s worship.


  • A Bachelors Degree in Music or better.
  • Previous experience leading a Parish music program preferred but not essential.
  • Strong keyboard (piano/organ), vocal and directing skills.
  • Possesses a thorough understanding of the Catholic Mass and Liturgical music. The Director of Music is a pastoral, prayerful person, committed to personal and professional growth.
  • A team player who fosters positive relationships.
  • Proficient in MS Word/Publisher.


  • Plan, lead and participate in Liturgical music at all weekend Masses and other parish and school Liturgies. Currently there is a 3 Mass weekend schedule (Saturday Vigil Mass 4:30 p.m., Sunday Masses 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.)
  • Assemble and produce a weekly worship aide.
  • Recruit, train and schedule volunteer cantors and instrumentalists.
  • Recruit, train and direct a growing choir program (adult and children’s choirs). There is a desire to see the seasonal adult choir (Advent and Lent) move to a more regular October-May schedule.
  • Plan, research and select appropriate music for the general assembly, cantors and choirs.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the music library and musical instruments.
  • Prepare and administer the parish music budget.

E-mail resume to the Pastor, Fr, Dan Costello at frdan.sja@gmail.com.

Date listed: 5-24-18

Director of Liturgy and Music – Full Time
Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church
Aurora, Illinois

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church (OLM) is located in Aurora, IL in the Diocese of Joliet, and is a parish of 3,600 families committed to the New Evangelization and making disciples. Our desire is to offer every person in our community a life-changing encounter with Jesus. OLM is seeking an experienced Catholic Director of Liturgy and Music who can inspire the faithful to deepen their relationship with Jesus through music and worship. The Director of Liturgy & Music is a full-time paid position with benefits, reporting directly to the Pastor.

An Overview of Responsibilities:


  • Develop, coordinate and implement a total parish program of worship that engages the full conscious active participation of parishioners
  • Provides for the continuing liturgical formation and education of the parish, staff, liturgical ministers, Worship Commission and Art & Environment Committee
  • Ensures that the norms of liturgical documents and Diocesan directives are implemented
  • Provide leadership and assistance to the parish Worship Commission
  • Recruit, train and coordinate all persons involved in liturgical ministries
  • Oversees and sets policies for the Art & Environment Committee
  • Monitors liturgical furnishing, vestments, and supplies
  • Works with the Faith Formation Commission in planning and presenting the annual Parish Mission
  • Provides for the periodic evaluation of the quality of the worship celebrations and liturgical ministries
  • Supervise the upgrade of current sound system
  • Participates in the parish budget process


  • Develop a prayerful, singing assembly
  • Responsible for all music associated with worship in the parish
  • Directs adult choir and other choirs as determined
  • Responsible for recruiting and training competent musicians to staff all Sunday and Holy Day liturgies. Director is expected to accompany or direct choir(s) for 4 of 6 Sunday Masses

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree or above in music and liturgy
  • Prefer candidate with 5 years experience in a leadership liturgy/music role in a Catholic parish setting
  • Proficiency in piano, organ and voice
  • Work collaboratively with pastor

Critical Qualities

  • A person of faith with a strong personal relationship with Jesus and a desire to serve and disciple those involved in the liturgical and musical ministries of the parish
  • Joyful, authentic, charitable, and courageous
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to collaborate with staff team and volunteers
  • Natural leader
  • Thrives in team environments
  • Self-starter with strong initiative
  • Innovator
  • Effective organizer, planner, and implementer
  • Creative problem solver
  • Skilled at conflict resolution
  • Mission driven and servant-hearted 

Interested candidates please e-mail a letter stating your qualifications for the position, your resume, two references, and a brief statement of faith to Robert Gancarz, Business Manager at robertg@olmercy.com.

Applications accepted through June 15, 2018.

Date listed: 5-24-18

Director of Music Ministry – Full Time
St. Germaine Parish
9711 South Kolin
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

St Germaine Parish is seeking a person who possesses a creative musical vision, who has experience and training in contemporary and traditional liturgical music and can contribute to a vision of energy and revitalization for the parish. Responsibilities include: Collaborates with pastor, staff, and parishioners in providing music for Liturgical Services; 4 weekend Masses, Holy Days, Christmas, Sacred Triduum, and School and Religious Education masses; funeral and weddings and other liturgies throughout the year as needed. The director is also responsible for maintaining current choirs, recruiting new members for our adult and children’s choir, developing potential cantors, and working with school and RE children in preparation for various masses. Effective leadership and communication skills are essential. This position is a Full-Time benefits-eligible opportunity; salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Other responsibilities include: attendance and participation at bi-monthly staff meetings, monthly Liturgy Team meetings, and maintenance of music room and supplies.

Strong keyboard, organ and vocal skills; Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Music and/or Liturgy preferred.

Please send cover letter and resume to Rev. Michael Furlan at fr.furlan@stgermaine.com.

Date listed: 5-21-18

Assistant Organist – part time
St. John Brebeuf Catholic Church
8305 North Harlem Avenue
Niles, IL 60714


Qualifications sought:
The applicant has an understanding of the place of music in the Roman Rite (Roman Catholic Liturgy), and a desire to serve in a predominantly Polish and English speaking community in a very large and vibrant multi-ethnic parish.


  • Practicing Catholic.
  • Bilingual vocal ability preferred (Polish and English)
  • Regular Schedule: Polish Language Mass on Saturday 6:30 p.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., and First Fridays devotions and mass (Fridays at 7 p.m. once per month).
  • Assists with the Grade School Children and Teens Choirs.
  • Will attend planning meetings and become, whenever possible, involved in the life of the community.
  • Applicant should be interested in helping re-establish a vibrant Polish choral program, including a teen group and/or a children’s group for Fall 2018.

Email resume and cover letter to Father Michael Meany, Pastor, at applications@sjbrebeuf.org. No phone calls, please.

Date listed: 5-10-18

Director of Music – full time
St. Thomas of Villanova Parish
1201 East Anderson Drive
Palatine, IL 60074

An active, vibrant Parish of 2500 families in Cook County, Illinois, St. Thomas of Villanova Parish in Palatine is accepting applications for the full-time salaried position of Director of Music. The successful candidate will be prepared to plan, lead and participate in liturgical music at all weekend Masses, all School Masses, and other Parish & School Liturgies,for example, holy days, retreats, missions, communal reconciliations, sacramental celebrations, Religious Education Liturgies and prayer services.

All choirs, current and future, and all musicians, will all be under your direction. Gather 3 (GIA) and other appropriate music form the basis of the Parish repertoire. A candidate with excellent musical and organizational skills, spiritual leadership qualities and experience will be a good fit for this position. St. Thomas highly values the congregational participation in all our sacred Liturgies.

This is a pastoral staff-level position with appropriate responsibilities reporting directly to the pastor. The Music Director will be responsible for preparation of worship aids, copyright reporting, and maintenance of our music library and instruments. Weddings, funerals, and other special rites will provide additional opportunities for you and other Parish musicians. Full Pastoral Staff collaboration with the Director of Music is essential. It forms the foundation of how we work together at St. Thomas.

Bachelor’s degree or better in Performance on Piano or Voice (or other instrument), Music Education, Liturgical Music or related field is required. A minimum of 3 years’ experience as Director of Music in a Parish setting is required. Demonstration of piano and vocal skills will be required. Familiarity and experience in the Roman Catholic spiritual and liturgical life are a must. Comfort level with communication and social media, common computer programs and music writing programs are a plus. Background check and Virtus training are required of all Parish employees. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018. Salary will be commensurate with experience and education according to Archdiocesan guidelines.

Please email a cover letter and resume to fifth@stvschool.org for further consideration. Any video links to performances/ celebrations where you are demonstrating your skills would be appreciated.

Complete Job Description

The Director of Music is a person of faith whose ministry embodies the effective planning, coordination and implementation of appropriate music for Catholic Worship.



  • Plans and provides music and musicians for all Parish Liturgies.
  • Ensures the selection of music is appropriate to the Scripture texts and prayers.
  • Invites, welcomes and encourages participation of Parishioners with varying experience and musical talent to be part of the music of Mass.
  • Actively involved in and present at all Liturgical Planning meetings. Collaborates and communicates with the Pastor on Liturgical planning & preparation.
  • Keeps abreast of current developments in Liturgy and music and directs music ministers in available training workshops and formational opportunities.
  • Provides effective leadership and communications.
  • Ensures that liturgical music planning is done in a seasonal and timely fashion.
  • Directs, rehearses, recruits and builds the groups of instrumentalists, cantors and all Parish choirs.
  • Is creative and employs a variety of musical styles, honoring the traditions, while expanding the repertoire of music in the Parish.

Pastoral Service

  • Works as an active member of the Pastoral Staff and is committed to working as a team member.
  • Supports the Pastor’s vision and communicates and collaborates well with the Pastor.
  • Promotes good public relations both within and beyond the Parish and is committed to working with the Parish grouping, deanery and Archdiocesan network of professional peers.
  • Is involved and supportive of the Parish mission and ministries.
  • Serves as a resource consultant for Parish concerns regarding music and Liturgy and has a clear understanding of the role of liturgy and music in worship.
  • Is a person of faith who embodies stewardship as a way of life.

Administrative Duties

  • Is expected to be present in the Parish office during normal business hours and other times as necessitated by the position. An office will be provided.
  • Develops and manages the music budget in collaboration with the Business Manager and Pastor.
  • Is a good steward of all the Parish’s musical and sound equipment, insuring that all Parish components are properly cared for, secured and maintained as required. Maintains the music library.
  • Prepares liturgical worship aids and scripts as needed, obtaining copyright permission and licenses as appropriate.


  • Desire and ability to foster the spiritual growth of the Parish.
  • Effective leadership, organizational and communication skills.
  • Undergraduate degree in music, theological studies, or a related field required.
  • Prior experience as a Music Director in a Parish setting required.
  • Strong keyboard and vocal skills.
  • Solid vocal and choral training and directing skills. Cantor skills a plus.
  • Working knowledge of the church’s liturgical documents and the proper role of music in the Liturgy.
  • A committed team player, faith filled, honest, respectful, flexible, and eager to join a Parish team to achieve Parish goals.


  • 2 Digital keyboards
  • 2 Octave Hand Bell Set Large
  • Extensive Music Repertoire /Gather 3

Salary & Benefits
Salary & benefits for full-time salaried employees are in accordance with guidelines stated by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Stipends for Weddings are extra to the salary.

Date listed: 5-10-18

Director of Catholic Worship/Music – Part Time
Location: Great Lakes, Illinois (Naval Station Great Lakes)
Schedule: 2 Sunday Worship services + 2 rehearsals per week; special and memorial services as needed


  • Must have at least two years of pianist, and/or organ experience with a Roman Catholic congregation or religious worship.
  • Demonstrate requisite skills in a variety of sacred musical genres appropriate for a variety of sacred music styles found in Roman Catholic Mass.
  • Provide instrumental accompaniment on guitar, and/or piano as directed by the Roman Catholic priest.
  • Shall have a clear understanding of Navy organization and the pluralistic ministry requirements that affect the use of chapel facilities and staff.
  • Shall possess the ability to develop rapport, and promote teambuilding within the Roman Catholic volunteer choirs, praise teams, and/or other choral groups.
  • Must be either a US citizen or a US permanent resident with a minimum of 3 years legal residency in the United States.

Company: Jasper Sawyer Company LLC

Contact Person: Christine Aldeguer
Fax: 321.765.6437

Kindly attach a resume highlighting the above requirements when submitting application.

Date listed: 3-9-18

Tenor Section Leader Postion - Part Time
St. Paul of the Cross Church
320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

St. Paul of the Cross Church, Park Ridge, has a thriving adult choir with a long tradition of fine choral singing. We are currently looking for a permanent Tenor Section Leader. The choir sings at the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass each week between September and June, as well as at special Masses on holy days, the Christmas Season, and Holy Week. Choir practice is on Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Tenor Section Leader would also sing with the smaller chamber choir, which also rehearses occasionally on Thursday evenings from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There are also possible cantor opportunities for other weekend liturgies, and weekday/weekend funerals. Responsibilities would include a minimum of 2 calls per week.

You may contact the Director of Music, Ed Eicker at 847.825.7605, or forward your resume directly to edwardeicker@spc-church.org.

Date Listed: 12-18-17