Divine Worship

Employment for Musicians

Updated December 27, 2017

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.

Music Director
St. Gertrude Church
1420 West Granville Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660

Phone: 773.764.3621
E-Mail: rprendergast@stgertrudechicago.org
Contact person: Rev. Richard J. Prendergast, Pastor
Parish Website: www.stgertrudechicago.org

St. Gertrude Church, a Roman Catholic parish of 1500 families in the Edgewater area of Chicago is seeking a Full-time Music Director to lead all areas of our music ministry.

Selecting and directing music for all parish liturgical services; direction and accompaniment (piano) for all liturgical music ministers (Cantors, Adult Choir and Children’s Choir) for liturgies, rehearsals and special occasions; recruitment and training for music ministers; recruitment and direction of instrumentalists, assisting parishioners in music planning for weddings (15-20 per year), funerals (25-30 per year), First Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation, maintaining and updating music library and instruments, development of annual budget and responsible for operating within budget; active participation in collaborative planning meetings; serve as a member of the Parish Pastoral Staff; encourage full, active and conscious participation of the Assembly.


  • Experience in choral conducting, teaching, sight reading, transposition, writing/arranging accompaniments
  • Proficient on keyboard, vocal abilities
  • Adept at playing in a variety of musical styles (eg. Classical, Gregorian chant, contemporary, gospel, jazz, etc.)
  • Able to work with people of various levels of musicianship, patient with learning curve of volunteers
  • Proven leadership and motivational skills; enthusiastic
  • Organizational and communication skills to bring order to music library, liturgical planning, scheduling and communication with choirs, cantors and instrumentalists
  • Working knowledge of computer software, such as Microsoft Office, e-mail for methods of communication, normal office and organizational systems.

To apply, email or mail resume with references to the contact above. 

Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Usual Archdiocesan requirements for  background check, etc. For a full job description and more information on St. Gertrude, please connect to the Parish website: www.stgertrudechicago.org.

Date Listed: 12-27-17

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 

Music Director – full time
St. Pascal Church
3935 North Melvina Avenue
Chicago IL 60634

Saint Pascal Church in Chicago is seeking a Full-Time Music Director. The Director of Music is a professional staff member who has a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy. The ideal candidate should be proficient in piano and organ and have the ability to direct the adult choir and children’s choir as well as the cantors.

The Director of Music will be responsible for the following:

  • Planning of liturgical music
    • Schedules liturgical music for Sunday Masses
    • Chooses octavos and motets for the choir
  • Development/Training for cantors
    • Provides training and guidance for cantors
    • Records and rehearses liturgical music for cantors
  • Ordering and maintaining music library
    • Orders new music for the choir and parish
    • Chooses liturgical music resources
  • Manages equipment and instruments
    • Ensures proper maintenance is performed on piano and organ
    • Ensures the sound system is functional and operational
    • Ensures the bell system is functional and playing correct music at correct times
  • Coordination for special liturgical events – funerals, weddings, etc.
    • Meets with wedding couples to pick music for their wedding liturgy
    • Acts in consultation with the Ministry of Consolation for music selections for funerals when help is requested
    • Creates worship aids as needed
  • Management of the Music Budget
    • Prepares the yearly music budget, including those items pertaining to liturgy, in collaboration with the Pastor and Bookkeeper
    • Manages the budget for the parish music program
  • Collaborates with the Clergy, Religious Education Director, Head of School, Youth Minister and other staff members
    • Coordinates and ensures appropriate music for all parish sacramental celebrations
    • Provides consultation and assistance as needed

Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree

Please send cover letter, resume and three professional references to the attention of Carol Coleman via email  ccoleman@stpascal.org or mailed to

Saint Pascal Church
3935 North Melvina Avenue
Chicago, IL 60634

Music Director
Immaculate Conception Church
8756 South Commercial Avenue, Chicago IL

Immaculate Conception Church seeks the following person:

  • Play organ for three Sunday Masses, two in Spanish and one in English
  • Play organ and occasionally sing for weddings, funerals, quinceañeras
  • Direct and accompany choir for the Mass in English
  • Direct and accompany choir for one of the Masses in Spanish
  • Teach General Music in the parish school, K-8 one day per week
  • Direct and accompany the school choir
  • Play for weekly school Mass

Applicants should know how to play and care for a pipe organ. Ability to speak basic Spanish a necessity, because the parish is 95% Hispanic.

For more information or to apply contact: Fr. Xamie Reyes at frxamicreyes@aol.com

Date Listed: 6-26-17