Divine Worship

Employment for Musicians

Updated March 24, 2017

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

Director of Sacred Music – Full Time 
National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe
1600 W. Park Ave., Libertyville, IL 


Prestigious National Shrine is seeking an energetic and talented professional for its Director of Sacred Music.  The Shrine is in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and is owned and staffed by the Conventual Franciscan Friars. Position is full-time, salaried with benefits.Two days off per week to be designated.Position available on July 1, 2017.


  • Applicants must have excellent communication/organizational skills, strong knowledge of Roman Catholic liturgy, and informed understanding of sacred music.
  • Must be proficient playing the Aeolian-Skinner 31 rank pipe organ, and experience planning liturgies. The Breaking Bread, 2017 music resource is used.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience working with Church liturgies, choirs and and as an accompanist. Music degree preferred; proficiency with keyboard, piano, and organ required.  
  • The ideal candidate should possess confident leadership skills and a spirit of collaboration. 
  • Individual must possess strong desire to work with Rector and assist in making Mass faithful, prayerful, and beautiful.  
  • Minimum education BA/BM in Music.  
  • Masters in Organ/Church Music preferred. Salary commensurate with experience.


  • Working with the Shrine Rector in planning music for weekday and weekend Mass schedule
  • Daily Mass and two Sunday Masses [9am & 11am]. Wednesday evenings, first Friday of the month, holy days, special prayer services, shrine events, and concert series are expected.  
  • Developing and directing adult choir, utilizing existing volunteer singers, and developing and scheduling cantors.
  • Additional tasks agreed upon.

Please send resume to the below email

Director of Sacred Music – Full Time Position
1600 W. Park Ave., 
Libertyville, IL

Date Listed: March 24, 2017

Musician-Liturgist - Full Time
Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
1150 W Centre Ave
Portage, Michigan (Diocese of Kalamazoo)


Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, a large parish located in Portage, Michigan, has a full time Musician-Liturgist job opening.
This position offers a competitive wage and benefits, including health insurance and pension.  


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in music or related field of study & have a degree or evidence of training on Catholic liturgy.
  • Experience in parish music ministry which includes leading congregational singing, choral conducting, assisting voices, and proficiency on piano and organ. |
  • Must have ability to work with youth and adults who may be trained and untrained musicians.
  • Organizational skills and proficiency in MS Office, particularly Access, Power Point, and Publisher.
  • Abilities to ability to develop instrumental and vocal parts, to operate sound and visual media are a plus, and to use Sibelius engraving software are all plusses.


  • Serving as the primary musician for weekend liturgies, as well as weddings and funerals and other liturgical event. 
  • Conducting rehearsals for various musical and choir groups.
  • Serving as the primary liturgy planner working in collaboration with clergy. 
  • Coordinating additional music groups for liturgies.

A full job description and application form is on the Parish Website.Resumes and applications should be submitted to the

Human Resources Director
1150 West Centre Avenue, Portage, MI 49024-5318

Date Listed: March 22, 2017

Director of Music Ministry – Full Time
St. Nicholas Parish
806 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, Illinois


St. Nicholas Parish, in Evanston, Illinois, is a diverse, dynamic, multi-ethnic community striving to be the Body of Christ in worship, in celebration, and in outreach. Active in issues of social justice, we treasure and nurture our liturgy as the source of and the nourishment for our actions in the world. We carry with us a long tradition of assembly singing and participation in the liturgy, and we embrace two principal language groups: English and Spanish.


  • A bachelor’s in music, liturgy, or related area.
  • Experience and formation in Catholic liturgy and music.
  • Experience in choral direction. 
  • Strong piano skills. 
  • Ability and willingness to work in both English and Spanish liturgies.
  • Fluency in both English and Spanish is preferred.


  • We seek a Director of Music Ministry to journey with us to foster and support our liturgies, primarily by planning and providing music of diverse styles for weekend liturgies and sacramental celebrations 
  • Working with parish volunteers as cantors, choir members, and instrumental musicians.
  • Collaborating with the parish staff and liturgy committee.
  • Because we do not have an organ, we are looking for someone with strong piano skills in leading the singing assembly.

For a complete job description and application information, visit our website.

Please send a cover letter and resume to musicministrysearch@nickchurch.org.

Date Listed: March 15, 2017

Choir Director/Assistant Organist – Part Time
Immanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA)
616 Lake St
Evanston, IL


  • Immanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Evanston, IL, seeks a pastoral musician to direct adult volunteer SATB choir accustomed to singing both a cappella and accompanied. 
  • Immanuel Lutheran is a Reconciling in Christ congregation.
  • This is a salaried, part-time position; starting salary $15,000 - $17,000 depending on experi-ence. Start date negotiable but not later than August 15, 2017.


  • Minimum three years’ experience in professional choral leadership.
  • Master's degree preferred.


  • The Choir Director/Assistant Organist (hereafter CD/AO) is responsible for the planning and directing of choral, instrumental, and vocal music for worship, including mid-week Advent and Lenten services; contracting instrumental performers for special events; and serving as organist for Sunday worship approximately once a month (scheduling negotiable).
  • Our organ is a 1981 August Laukhuff mechanical action pipe organ installed and voiced by Kurt Roderer. Zimbelstern added 2013. Organ specs available here
  • Adult choir rehearses Wednesday evenings and sings for the Sunday service, as well as at special services during the course of the church year.
  • The CD/AO’s musical selections should reflect a sound knowledge of Lutheran musical traditions as well as a range of musical styles.
  • He/She should value and seek out opportunities for the entire congregation to sing unaccompanied.
  • CD/AO reports to the Pastor; meets approx. 6-8 times per year with Worship and Music Commitee; assists in preparing yearly budgets and annual reports; and oversees maintenance in good condition of all equipment used for music.   

Please visit our website, for more about us.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to CDAOsearch@immanuelevanston.org   
or send materials by U.S. mail to
Choir Director/Assisant Organist Search,
Immanuel Lutheran Church,
616 Lake St.,
Evanston, IL 60201.  

The search committee will continue to review applications until the position is filled. Candidates may be invited to audition at a time mutually convenient. 

Date Listed: March.2, 2017

Director of Music Ministry - Part Time
Our Lady, Mother of the Church
8747 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL 60656


  • Our Lady, Mother of the Church Parish is seeking a professional who holds specialized credentials in music and who has a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy
  • A person of faith with the vision for the effective planning, coordination, and execution of music within the liturgical celebrations of the parish.
  • The Director works closely with pastor, staff and volunteers.


  • Director Of Music Ministry should be a person of prayer, sensitive to the cultural experience of parishioners, understanding their spirituality and worship life.
  • Knowledgeable of and comfortable with 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; is proficient in organ, piano, and voice.


If you are interested, please contact Pastor, Father Andrew Bartosz at andbart@msn.com

Date Listed: February 23, 2017

Director of Music and Liturgy – Full Time
Parish: St. Eugene Congregation
Location: Fox Point, WI (Archdiocese of Milwaukee)
Experience: 3-5 years minimum
Education: Bachelor’s Degree required


  • St. Eugene is a vibrant, community-oriented parish seeking an energetic, faith-filled pastoral musician to lead all liturgical and musical efforts for the parish.
  • The Director of Music & Liturgy reports directly to the pastor and works closely with the rest of the Pastoral Staff and his/her counterpart at St. Monica Parish in Whitefish Bay.


  • A practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church
  • High level of skill playing both organ and piano, as well as singing/vocal training and conducting
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, MS Publisher, Sibelius or Finale music editing software
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in music or Pastoral Music
  • 3-5 years experience in parish work
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills with a variety of age levels


  • Leading the three standing parish choirs (Adult, 3-octave Handbell, and Children), Cantors, and Instrumentalists.
  • Supervising volunteer coordinators for all liturgical ministries (including Art & Environment)
  • Serving as principle musician for all parish liturgies, including planning and preparation of all music for said liturgies.
  • Working with School for school masses and student cantors.
  • Helping lead the Worship Committee
  • Creating weekly/seasonal worship aids and ensuring copyright laws and reporting are followed
  • Arranging music for ensembles as needed
  • Creating weekly Prayers of the Faithful and any other Liturgical blessings or celebrations
  • Ongoing formation of all music and liturgical ministers on a regular basis



Directions to Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and at least two contrasting videos demonstrating musical skill to: Director of Music & Liturgy Search Committee - dmlsearch@stme.church.
Questions may be directed to Fr. Jerry Herda, frjerry@stme.church
About the Employer

St. Eugene is a suburban Milwaukee parish on the North Shore with around 1100 families, clustered
with a neighboring parish of similar size (sharing a pastor, associate pastor, and some staff).

Date Listed: February 2, 2017

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 as an integral part of its ministry.  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

Primary instruments

  • Allen Digital Computer Organ (MDS-55); Yamaha grand piano


  • Serve as organist for weekly worship services each Sunday, holiday services, weddings and church funerals
  • Work with the Worship and Music Committee and Choral Director of Music to provide overall leadership and direction to Grace’s music ministry
  • Accompany choirs for rehearsals and worship services as needed
  • Music administration includes meeting with the Choral Director of Music and the pastor for planning worship music and selecting hymns
  • 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

Directions to Apply

Candidates are invited to send their resume to tsaurmann@access4less.net. Information about Grace can be found at www.checkgrace.org

Date Listed: January 26, 2017

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


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


  • 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 

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

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.

Directions to apply

Date Listed: November 17, 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.


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


  • 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.


  • Stipend per liturgy and rehearsal.
  • Negotiable within Archdiocesan guidelines.

Directions to apply

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

Date Listed: October 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.
  • 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

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

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