Divine Worship

Employment for Musicians

Updated March 12th, 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 Ministry - part time
Holy Family-Notre Dame Paris
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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

Director of Music – full time
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Libertyville, IL

The Director of Music 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 a Catholic Church directing parish liturgical ministry.

Full Position Description sent upon request.

Deacon George Kashmar – Pastoral Director of Ministries [email protected]

Date listed: 2-10-20

Director of Liturgy & Pastoral Music – full time
Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish
Madison, WI

Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish is a vibrant Roman Catholic community of 2,800 families located in Madison, WI. It has a well-established and well-respected music program, a tradition of fine liturgy, a commitment to social outreach and a large Catholic school. The Director of Liturgy & Pastoral Music is a full time (40 hours), salaried position twelve months of the year, with stipends for weddings and funerals. The Director coordinates the worship life of the parish in collaboration with the Pastor, Pastoral Staff and school. Applicants should have a strong knowledge and skill set in keyboard (Steinway Grand piano, Schantz pipe organ and Allen digital organ) and an understanding and working knowledge of how to shape liturgy and music to the needs of the liturgical seasons in a creative and beautiful way. An understanding of Liturgy in the Roman Catholic Tradition is necessary. Must have organizational skills to allow for the scheduling of volunteer musicians and liturgical ministers (lectors, music ministers, Altar servers, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers).

Bachelor’s degree in Liturgy, Music or a related field required; Master’s degree preferred. A minimum 3-5 years work experience preferred.

Contact Amy M. Yanzer, Director of Liturgy & Pastoral Music, for more information: 608.231.4607, [email protected]

Date listed: 2-4-20

Organist – part time
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Mt. Prospect, IL

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mt. Prospect is seeking a part time organist for our traditional music program.

The responsibilities for this position include the following: serve as organist for weekly worship services each Sunday, holiday services, and midweek services such as Lent; be available when possible for special occasions such as weddings and funerals; assist the Choral Director/Music Director in providing overall leadership and direction to Grace’s music ministry; accompany choirs at practices and services; occasionally meet with pastor and music director in assisting in selecting hymns for all services; provide input for monthly newsletter when requested and give temple talks as appropriate; and work with the Choral Director/Music Director to administer annual music budget for purchase of new music and maintenance of musical equipment and to implement solo and special instrumentation as needed. Average of 10 hours per week.

Please submit resumes to [email protected]

Date listed: 1-30-20

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: [email protected]

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.

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 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
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 employee meetings and trainings as dictated by Pastor

Salary:
Salary is $26,000 but will commensurate with experience

Hours:
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)

Submission:
Letter of Application and resume should be emailed to: [email protected]

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 [email protected].

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, [email protected].

Date listed: 10-17-19