Divine Worship

Employment for Musicians

Updated May 21, 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.

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

Director of Music Ministry – full time
Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish
920 West Granville Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish strives for full, active, conscious participation in liturgical prayer. Our comprehensive music program provides opportunity for diverse expression through music. Intentional hospitality is our primary goal. Our resources include a Rogers organ, Yamaha baby grand, timpani, and two octaves hand bells. The successful candidate is energetic, organized, and collaborative, possesses effective leadership and communication skills, holds credentials in music and Catholic liturgy, demonstrates strong keyboard, vocal, and directing skills, and fosters positive relationships. Position is full-time, salary commensurate with education and experience and includes benefits.

For full job description go to www.mswparish.org

Email resume to Ms. Jackie Hair at jhair@mswparish.org

Date listed: 2-27-18

Director of Music Ministry – full time
St. Mary of Vernon Parish 
236 US Hwy 45 Indian Creek, Il 60061 

E-mail: jcurtis@maryofvernon.org 
Contact Person: Rev. Joseph Curtis
Parish Website: www.maryofvernon.org

An active, vibrant parish of 2000 families in Lake County, Illinois, St. Mary of Vernon is accepting applications for the full time position of Director of Music Ministry. The successful candidate will be prepared to plan, lead and participate in liturgical music at our 4 weekend Masses. Youth Choir, Teen Choir, Adult Choir and the cantors within each group,  along with development of a handbell choir for special occasions, will all be under your direction. Gather 3 (GIA) and Breaking Bread (OCP) form the basis of the parish repertoire. Piano, guitars, percussion all support the weekly liturgies, while parish instrumentalists on strings, brass and woodwinds enhance Christmas and Holy Week events. Your musical, organizational and spiritual leadership qualities and experience will make you a good fit in this position. In our parish, all will feel welcome to be a part of the music at Mass, and our Music Ministry, beginning with the congregation. This is a pastoral staff-level position with appropriate responsibilities. Worship aids, copyright reporting, maintenance of music library and instruments will be features of the job. A moderate number of weddings, funeral, and other special rites will provide additional opportunities for you and other parish musicians at your direction. Interaction and cooperation between the areas of responsibility among the staff (Religious Ed, Youth Ministry, etc.) and Music Ministry are key. Collaboration is the foundation of parish life here. 

Bachelor’s degree or better in Performance on Piano or Voice (or other instrument), Music Education, Liturgical Music or related field is ideal. 3-5 years experience as Director in a parish setting is preferred. 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 (Finale) are a plus. Background check and Virtus training are required of all parish employees and volunteers. Availability is preferred beginning early May—mid June 2018. Salary will be commensurate with experience and education according to Archdiocesan guidelines.

For a full job description, or to submit your resume and professional references, contact Rev. Joe Curtis via phone or e-mail listed above.

Date listed: 2-20-18

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

Parish Musician – Part Time
St. Columba Parish
13323 South Green Bay Avenue
Chicago, IL

St. Columba Parish is located on the South East Side of Chicago just north of Calumet City. It is largely an English-speaking parish with a few ethnic members. We are seeking a weekend parish musician who will work with the Pastor in planning liturgies, selecting music and accompanying for all weekend Masses and Holy Days. The Masses are at 5 p.m. on Saturday, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. First option will be given for funerals, weddings and other celebrations of the Liturgical year. Position is available immediately. Please contact Rev. Charles Watkins, Pastor at 773.646.2660 or send a resume to cwatkins@archchicago.org.

A Bachelor’s Degree or better in music is preferred, but above average skills at keyboard and cantoring with experience is acceptable. The candidate should be familiar with Liturgical texts and Mass settings. Must be a practicing Catholic.

Charles Watkins