Divine Worship

Employment for Musicians

Updated March 9, 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 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

Music Director - Part Time
St. Pius X Church
4300 South Oak Park Avenue
Stickney, IL 60402

Pastor: Rev. Anthony Markus
E-mail: spxparish@aol.com
Fax: 708.749.8518

Description and Responsibilities:
St. Pius X parish is seeking a qualified pastoral musician to fill a part-time Music Director’s position. We seek a person who is creative and has musical experience and training in contemporary liturgical and sacred music as well as strong interpersonal and pastoral skills. The Music Directors responsibilities would be to select/prepare music for Sunday Eucharist (8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.), holy days, special liturgies; direct an adult choir; a "Celebration of Life" choir, and teach cantors. The individual must have knowledge of Catholic liturgy, conducting skills, proficiency at piano and organ; act as a cantor from organ. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience.

Position available July 1, 2018.

Please send, e-mail or fax resume and cover letter to:
Fr. Anthony Markus
Music Search Committee
4300 South Oak Park Avenue
Stickney, IL 60402
E-Mail: spxparish@aol.com
Fax: 708.749.8518

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

Director of Music Ministry – full time
St. Juliana Parish
7200 North Osceola Avenue
Chicago IL 60631

Saint Juliana's is a large dynamic Catholic parish in Edison Park on the Far Northwest side of Chicago.  We are seeking a full time Director of Music Ministry to energize our faith community to 'Experience Jesus' through music and song. The Director of Music Ministry is a professional staff member who has a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy. This person of faith is responsible for the effective planning, coordination, and execution of music within the liturgical celebrations of the parish. Anticipated start date: July 1, 2018   


  • Plans and selects appropriate music for all the liturgies.
  • Collaborates with the clergy, Pastoral Council, school principal, coordinator of religious education, and other staff members.
  • Encourages full and active participation of the congregation, with the intention of increasing Mass attendance and enhancing the Saint Juliana Sunday Experience.
  • Recruits, encourages, and develops the talents of musicians, cantors, choral groups, and ringers.
  • Manages the care of musical instruments, hand bells, and sound equipment.
  • Manages the parish's music collection, orders new music, maintains subscriptions and licenses.
  • Coordinates special liturgical events – funerals, weddings, etc. Prepares and manages the Music Ministry budget.


  • Proficient at the piano, organ, and vocals, as well as any other instrument. Excellent sight reading skills are a plus.
  • Experience in choral conducting for all age groups.
  • Experience with playing and conducting in traditional and contemporary musical styles incorporating various musical instruments.
  • Be familiar with media technology and visual communication.
  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent and minimum of 2 years experience in a liturgical role.   

Please submit your resume, references and music samples to musicsearch@stjuliana.org.

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