Divine Worship

Employment for Musicians

Updated January 9th, 2019

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.

Cantor/Choir Section Leaders – part time
St. Edward Catholic Church
4350 West Sunnyside Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630

St. Edward Catholic Church in Chicago is looking for Cantors/Section Leaders (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass) for the Parish Choir. This is a paid position, available immediately, and includes the following commitments:

  • Cantor one Saturday/Sunday Liturgy (5:30pm, 8am, 9:30am, 11am Mass)
  • 11:00am Sunday Mass (with Parish Choir) 10:30am rehearsal.
  • Periodic Section Leader rehearsals, Wednesdays 7:30-8:45pm
  • Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Holy Week, Easter, Confirmation, First Communion, Graduation, Holy Days of Obligation and or/other liturgies at which the Parish Choir sings or as needed.

Experience in singing choral music and music sight-reading skills are required. Familiarity with Catholic liturgy preferred.

The Parish Choir sings from 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 schedule an audition, please contact Mr. Richard Schwegel, Music Ministry, at 312.593.7425, or via email at richard@stedparish.org.

Music and Liturgy Director – part time with benefits
St. Catherine of Sienna-St. Lucy Parish
38 North Austin Boulevard
Oak Park, IL 60302

St. Catherine/St. Lucy Parish is seeking to hire a part time with benefits Director of Music and Liturgy. The Position is open immediately. The successful candidate should be able to: select music for the Masses learn and teach music play piano and organ (and oversee their maintenance) assist in liturgy planning create bulletins/worship aids for special services (Triduum, Christmas, etc.) organize Christmas Gospel (teach music to children, play) hire other musicians when needed encourage volunteer musicians and select and teach music at weekly rehearsals.

Please send resumes and references to Fr. George Omwando, gomwando@gmail.com

Date listed: 1-9-19

Director of Music, Organist –  Part-time
Saint Stephen, Deacon & Martyr
17500 84th Avenue, Tinley Park, IL 60487

Description:
A vibrant faith community of 4500+ families, in Tinley Park, Illinois, is seeking a part-time Music Director who embraces the spirituality of Vatican II and has an appreciation for diverse styles of liturgical music and has a music degree or equivalent experience. The ideal candidate would be a practicing Roman Catholic, have prior experience as a music director and be capable of playing both organ and piano. Responsibilities will include: providing music for Sunday, Holy Day, and Holidays; recruit, train and oversee Adult Choir and establish a Resurrection Funeral Choir and a Cantor Program: and be part of the parish staff; Salary commensurate with experience.

Position available immediately. Send resume to Rev. Thomas Bernas, at frtom@ststephentinley.com

Date listed: 1-4-19

Accompanist
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
820 Division, Lisle, IL 60532

Position Title: Accompanist
Pay Scale: Stipend - per service or rehearsal
Reports to: Director of Music

Responsibilities

  • Rehearsal and Mass Accompanist for Parish Choir. The Parish Choir sings from early September through mid/late June (Solemnity of Corpus Christi)
    • Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • Sunday Liturgy: 9:30 a.m. Mass (8:45 a.m. call)
  • Accompanist for Parish Choir for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, Holydays of Obligation (when the parish choir sings), First Communion, Confirmation, Graduation, and other liturgical celebrations at which the Parish Choir sings
  • Substitute accompanist at additional liturgies, when needed (ie, weekend liturgies, funerals, weddings)

Qualifications/Skills

  • Highly-Proficient on organ; able to effectively lead congregation through hymn playing; thorough knowledge and understanding of organ registration; advanced capability to play solo repertoire and also for improvising
  • Proficient on piano; able to lead congregation through hymn playing; solo repertoire and improvising skills helpful
  • Capable and comfortable with sight-reading; ability to play individual parts from choral score or chord/lead sheet; comfortable with teaching parts and leading pre-service rehearsal (when needed)
  • Basic understanding and familiarity with Roman Catholic liturgy and rituals

The individual will be subject to a background check and will also be required to attend a Protecting God's Children workshop.

For additionalinformation or to apply for the position, please contact Mr. Jim Susic, Director of Music, via email at jsusic@sjalisle.org

Date listed: 12-18-18

Choir Section Leader (Soprano)
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
Lisle, Illinois

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Lisle is looking for a soprano Section Leader for the Parish Choir. This is a paid position, available immediately, and includes the following commitments:

  • Weekly choir rehearsals (Tuesday evenings, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) and Periodic Section Leader rehearsals starting approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled choir rehearsal time
  • Sunday Liturgy (9:30 a.m. Mass), 8:45 a.m. rehearsal
  • Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Holy Week, Easter, Confirmation, First Communion, Graduation, other liturgies at which the Parish Choir sings
  • Additional liturgies singing as part of an SATB Schola (for example - Advent Vespers, Epiphany Lessons and Carols, All Souls Mass)

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

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: 12-18-18

Spanish Language Music Editor

A full-time position is available as of January 2, 2019 at our Franklin Park, Illinois headquarters.

Position Requirements

  • Fluency in Spanish and English
  • Undergraduate degree in music or its equivalent, with thorough knowledge of music notation, including keyboard, guitar, and vocal conventions
  • Proficiency in keyboard or guitar performance
  • Ability to compose or arrange music is desirable but not required
  • Knowledge of and experience with Roman Catholic liturgy and liturgical music
  • Familiarity with liturgical traditions and practices in Spanish-speaking Catholic communities in the U.S.
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills
  • Proven project management skills and experience
  • Attention to detail and care for quality
  • Creativity, flexibility, and a collaborative spirit
  • Facility with Microsoft® Word®
  • Basic skills with Microsoft® Excel®
  • Familiarity with or aptitude to acquire basic skills with Adobe® InDesign® CC and Finale® music notation software is desirable but not essential

Primary Responsibilities

  • Choose music for bilingual and Spanish worship resources in collaboration with editorial team
  • Manage keyboard and guitar editions for Spanish and bilingual worship resources
  • Maintain database of Spanish and bilingual worship resource music titles
  • Acquire new Spanish and bilingual liturgical music
  • Oversee arrangements and publication of Spanish and bilingual liturgical music
  • Keep current with and advise WLP about the liturgical music needs of Spanish-speaking Catholics in the U.S.
  • Oversee recordings of Spanish and bilingual music
  • Attend conferences on behalf of WLP as needed
  • Present workshops, music reading sessions, and other educational events in English and Spanish on behalf of WLP as needed

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm in the Franklin Park office.

Submit resume to: 

Mary Beth Kunde-Anderson
Director of Publications
World Library Publications
The music and liturgy division of J.S. Paluch Co., Inc.
3708 River Road
Suite 400
Franklin Park, Illinois 60131-2158 

Email: AndersonM@jspaluch.com

Date listed: 12-3-18

Organist/Accompanist – part time
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
Streamwood, Illinois

Organist/Accompanist needed for 4-hour Tuesday and Wednesday rehearsals 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. Adult Choir and 11 a.m. Contemporary Choir Masses. These choirs meet from September through Corpus Christi. Midnight Mass, Triduum, and some special liturgies also required. Organ and piano skills are required. We currently own an Allen Q275 Renaissance Quantum organ, and Young Chang grand piano. Opportunities for additional Masses are a possibility. If interested, please contact the Music Director, Michael Myers, at mmyers@mystjohns.org for an audition.

Date listed: 10-19-18

Organist – part time
Faith United Church of Christ
3030 175th Street
Hammond, IN
(Located in Dowling Park, just off Kennedy Ave and 80/94 expressway)

We are seeking an organist for one Sunday morning service, 10:15 - 11:15 a.m., with a 9:45 a.m. call time. In addition, the organist plays at the 7pm service on Christmas Eve.

Responsibilities
Only church service music with an occasional solo accompaniment prepared on the mornings prior to church.

Pay
If able to play pipe organ: $150 per sunday and $ 200 on christmas eve
If piano only: $ 100 / $ 150 christmas eve

Contact Dave Turoci at 219.682.5719 or email baxterprint@aol.com.

Date listed: 10-19-18

Organist – part time
Immaculate Conception Parish
Highland Park, IL

We are seeking and organist to accompany our parish choir under direction of choir director on Sundays: 9:30 a.m. rehearsal followed by 10:30 a.m. Mass. Extra calls during the holidays and opportunities to earn additional funeral/wedding stipends.

Position available November 1, 2018.

Please contact Juli Brubaker at jbrubaker@icparish.org for more information.

Date listed: 10-19-18

Music Director – part time
Holy Trinity Catholic Parish
25 East Richmond Street
Westmont, IL 60559

Hours
29 or less hours per week.

Description
The Music Director for Holy Trinity Parish is a person of faith who has a thorough understanding of the Roman Catholic liturgy. Responsible for the effective planning, coordination and execution of music within all the liturgical celebrations of the parish, including five weekend masses from 4:30 p.m. on Saturday through and including the 7 p.m. mass on Sunday. Collaborates with the Pastor, under his supervision, and with other members of the parish staff, integrating his or her own area of responsibility with the overall parish mission. Selects and plans music in cooperation with the Pastor, Principal and the liturgy teams/committee for use in parish and school liturgies. Selects and develops participation aids for the congregation, selects and maintains musical instruments, coordinates services and schedules of parish musicians, assures copyright permission, etc. Prepares and manages the budget for the parish music program in collaboration with the Pastor. Collaborates with other staff members (e.g., Principal, DRE, Youth Minister, etc.) to coordinate and ensure appropriate music for all parish sacramental celebrations,and provides them with consultation and needed assistance. Other projects as they develop.

Requirements

  • Five or more years of experience in music ministry.
  • Demonstrates competency as a vocalist, keyboardist including organ and piano, and choral conductor.
  • Lead song when needed.
  • Direct an adult choir and children's choir on a regular basis.
  • The candidate must be knowledgeable of 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.
  • Available for funerals and weddings.
  • Able to attend staff meeting during the day.
  • The Music Minister must have proficient computer skills and competency in at least one publications program.

This ministry demands professional training in music and liturgy. Bachelor's Degree or equivalent is required, though a more professional qualification, such as the equivalent of a Master’s Degree in music and liturgy, is preferred. All candidates must pass a criminal background check and become VIRTUS certified Please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to apply@holytrinitywestmont.org.

Date listed: 10-12-18

Director of Music - Part-Time
Morgan Park Presbyterian Church
2017 West 110th Place
Chicago, IL 60643

Job Description: Morgan Park Presbyterian Church is a progressive congregation “committed to Christ, Diversity and Mission.” This is lived out in worship by creating an inclusive and spiritual environment that utilizes a variety of musical genres.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates with the Pastor in planning, preparing, and playing music appropriate to the worship service.
  • Directs the choir during weekly rehearsal and on Sunday Morning during choir season (September-June).
  • Given first refusal to play for weddings and funerals. Additional compensation is provided for these services.
  • Available to play for special gatherings of the church when requested by the Pastor including holiday services (Advent, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunrise Service, Easter Morning Service), and additional services and concerts as needed.
  • Assist in the hiring of substitute musicians if not available.
  • Attend and provide a written report to Worship and Music Committee and collaborate with worship planning.
  • Be present in the church a minimum of 6 hours weekly during choir season.
  • Pursues opportunities for community collaboration.
  • Recruits for Chancel Choir and potential Youth Choir.
  • Coordinate the maintenance of musical instruments and the sound equipment.

Qualifications:

  • Works well with others and has a desire to work collaboratively with the pastor, Worship and Music Committee, and choir.
  • Must be an experienced church musician
  • Must be proficient in piano/organ performance.
  • Excellent sight-reading and improvisational ability desired.
  • Skill in performing a diversity of musical genres for a diverse congregation desired, for example: Jazz, Classical, Contemporary etc.

Relationships:

  • Accountable to the pastor
  • Member of the Worship and Music Committee.
  • Director of the choir.
  • Minister of Music to the congregation.

Hours and Benefits:

  • Part-time position includes: 10:30 a.m. weekly Sunday service, Chancel Choir rehearsal, and holiday services as described above.
  • Estimate of 15 hours per week for all services, rehearsals, and prep time.
  • Annual three-week paid vacation, dates to be scheduled with Pastor.
  • Salary based on experience.
  • Not eligible for unemployment benefits

Send résumé with cover letter to:
Morgan Park Presbyterian Church 2017 West 110th Place, Chicago, IL 60643
773.779.3355
morganparkpres@gmail.com

Date listed: 10-5-18

Organist – part time
St. Florian Church
13145 South Houston Avenue
Chicago, IL 60633

St. Florian Catholic Church, a small but historic parish in the Hegewish neighborhood of Chicago (bordering Hammond), is looking for a talented organist for the weekend Mass schedule. There are two instruments to work with - a historic Möller pipe organ as well as digital keyboard.

We have cantors and a choir.

The position is part-time, 3 Masses per weekend. $300.

Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 and 9:45 a.m.

This is a perfect job for a growing musician who wishes to gain experience as well as supplement their income.

If interested, please email the Pastor, Rev. David J. Simonetti at frdavid.simonetti@gmail.com.

Date listed: 9-14-18

Parish Musician – Part time
St. Columba Parish
13323 South Green Bay Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60633

Description
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.

Qualifications
Should be a practicing Catholic. 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.

Contact
Rev. Charles Watkins, Pastor
773.646.2660
cwatkins@archchicago.org

Date listed: 8-16-18

Director of Music Ministry – full time
St. Peter Damian
131 South Crest Avenue
Bartlett, IL 60103-4279

St. Peter Damian Catholic Church in suburban Bartlett, Illinois, is looking for a Director of Music Ministry. The position is full-time salaried and has medical benefits. The Director of Music Ministry is a professional who holds specialized credentials in music and has a thorough understanding of the 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. He or she is gifted with a vision of how a local church can develop its potential.

St. Peter Damian is a welcoming and friendly parish. It is a very active, vibrant, and growing church community. There are over 1,200 families in the parish who participate in various aspects of church life. St. Peter Damian has a comprehensive Lifelong Faith Formation program reaching out to every age and stage of life and encompassing pre-school, religious education from kindergarten through confirmation, teen ministry, and adult faith formation. There are opportunities to serve others who are in need through The When In Need ministry, the Giving Tree, teen ministry service projects, etc.

Bartlett is a Northwest Chicago Suburban community of 41,000 residents. It has 380 acres of parkland, indoor and outdoor pools, two golf courses, a ski facility, 20 miles of bike paths, restaurants and retail stores. There is convenient access to major highways and Metra commuter rail service to downtown Chicago.

The Director of Music Ministry possesses the qualities common to all pastoral ministers. The Director must be a person of prayer, is sensitive to the cultural experience of parishioners, and understands their spirituality and worship life. He or she must be a Catholic in good standing.

In addition to the competencies and skills needed by all pastoral ministers, the Director of Music Ministry must:

  • be proficient in organ, piano, choral, and voice.
  • be knowledgeable of, and comfortable with, Church music in all forms and styles for the congregation, choirs (adult, teen, and children), vocalists, and instrumentalists.
  • be proficient in liturgical principles.
  • have a thorough understanding of the musical, liturgical, and pastoral judgments which must be made in selecting music for liturgy.

In addition to the training for all pastoral ministers, preparation for this ministry requires professional training in music and liturgy. Minimally, a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent is required for the Director of Music Ministry. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to kroot@stpeterdamian.org.

Date listed: 7-23-18