Divine Worship

Employment for Musicians

Updated May 19, 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

Music Director – part time
Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish 
Homer Glen, Illinois

Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Homer Glen, Illinois, is searching for a part-time Music Director to play for weekend Masses and take on other responsibilities associated with the position.  For more information contact the pastor, Rev. Joseph Broudou, O.S.A., at 708.301.6246 or frjoseph@omgccc.org

Director of Music Ministry
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
502 S. Park Blvd.
Streamwood, IL 60107

We are seeking a faith filled, experienced, and highly skilled pastoral musician who can fill an immediate opening for the Director of Music position. This is a benefits eligible position.


  • A practicing Catholic in good standing
  • Strong knowledge of Roman Catholic Liturgy
  • Highly skilled in organ, piano and conducting
  • Has a thorough understanding of the musical, liturgical, and pastoral judgements which must be made in selecting music for liturgies
  • Experienced ability to balance the use of Traditional and Contemporary music styles
  • Demonstrated ability to work with youth and adults with various trained and untrained musical abilities; vocal and instrumental
  • Excellent Communication and Organizational Skills


  • Responsible for the coordinating, planning, and execution of music for all liturgical celebrations of the parish
  • Serve as the primary musician for liturgies including weddings, funerals, and other liturgical events
  • Lead/Direct/Oversee all parish choirs as well as Cantors and Instrumentalists. (Adult, Children, Contemporary, Teen, Day School, and Resurrection Choirs)
  • Direct/Coordinate/Oversee other music groups. (Polish, Filipino)
  • Maintain the Parish Music Library

Interested candidates are invited to send their cover letter and resume to Deacon Larry Rybicki at the address above or email to lrybicki@mystjohns.org

Liturgical Resource Coordinator
Officer of Divine Worship

Parish Vitality and Mission

Reports to: Director of the Office of Divine Worship

Direct Subordinates: None

Basic Functions
The Liturgical Resource Coordinator implements the goals and plans of the Office of Divine Worship in alignment with the Renew My Church initiative. Assists in the development and coordination of printed materials, programmatic opportunities and resources for ministerial formation.

Duties and Responsabilities

Liturgical Leadership:

  • *Represents the Office of Divine Worship to further the ideals and vision of the liturgical apostolate.
  • *Meets regularly with Office Director.
  • *Insures that the Office of Divine Worship is guided by and accountable to the seven indicators for Mission Vitality which are integral to the Renew My Church initiative of the Archdiocese.
  • *In collaboration with the Vicariate Parish Vitality Coordinators and the Vicariate Coordinators of Life Long Formation develops and implements goals and action plans that address issues of pastoral concern, taking into account the diversity of the Archdiocese.
  • *Serves as a Liaison with Liturgy Training Publications in providing appropriate Archdiocesan resources, in Spanish and in English, for parish worship, particularly in regard to the initiatives of Renew My Church.
  • *Builds and maintains relationships with pastors, parish administrators and other liturgical leaders, especially in the Spanish speaking communities, to assure programs are effective in meeting pastoral needs.
  • Provides models and guidance in preparing multicultural liturgies, especially on the Archdiocesan level.
  • *Assists Vicariates and the Consejo in developing and implementing programs for training liturgical ministers in Spanish for service in parishes and institutions of the Archdiocese.
  • *Assists with coordination of Archdiocesan liturgical celebrations (i.e., Rites of Election, Chrism Mass, Episcopal ordinations, etc.).
  • Other duties as assigned by Director

* Denotes essential functions of this position, in conjunction with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Requirements and Preferences
Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree

Education Preferred: Background and Studies in related fields, e.g., Liturgy or Theology

Experience Required: 3+ years with coordination experience at the parish level. Must demonstrate understanding and support for Catholic Liturgy, Catholic Church teaching, missions and values

Experience Preferred: Significant experience in diocesan Worship Office

Skills Required: Ability to speak and write fluently in Spanish and in English
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, strong project management skills and ability to implement programs, strong facilitation skills, ability to conduct open dialogue, excellent organizational skills , ability to relate at multiple ecclesial levels: parish, deanery, vicariate, Archdiocesan and departmental, strong Microsoft Office skills including Word and Power Point, strong decision making ability and exercising good judgment

Skills Preferred: Team Player with strong Conflict Resolution skills

Date Listed: 01-17

Director of Music/Liturgy – Part Time/Full Time
St. Viator Parish
4170 West Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60641

St. Viator Parish is seeking a versatile director to lead the music ministry of this bi-lingual faith community. The parish is located on the north side of Chicago, encompassing both the Avondale and Old Irving Park neighborhoods, and is made up of over 1000 households with liturgies in English and Spanish.

The Director of Music/Liturgy works directly with the pastor and associate pastor and is part of the leadership team of the parish.  The music ministry position is part time; professional credentials in liturgy could make the position full time.

An energetic and collaborative spirit, a strong background in Roman Catholic liturgy, and professional music skills and credentials are critical assets for success in this position.

A person of faith and prayer who understands the importance of Eucharist and communal worship in the life of the Catholic community and is familiar with Catholic traditions and teachings regarding liturgical music and worship.

Professional education in music, with skills in piano, organ, choral direction and vocal performance.  An academic degree in music and/or liturgy is preferred.

The ability to work with volunteers and persons of culturally diverse traditions, to communicate effectively with all age levels within the parish community and to organize musical and liturgical programs sensitive to parishioners’ spiritual needs.

Bi-lingual skills in English and Spanish.

Selection and direction of music for all liturgical celebrations of the parish, including four weekend liturgies, school liturgies, sacramental celebrations, weddings, funerals, and other liturgical events.

Direction and supervision of parish choirs, cantors, and musicians: adult choir, youth choir and ensemble, Spanish choir and ensemble.

Work with the pastor, associate pastor, and other liturgical ministers in planning the celebrations and seasons of the liturgical year.

Collaborate with other members of the parish staff in planning and decision making relative to the life of the parish community.

Send resume to:
Rev. Patrick Render, csv
Date Listed: 5-04-17

Music Director - Part Time
St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church
Old Mill Creek, Illinois

St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in Old Mill Creek, Illinois seeks a part-time Director of Music. Our growing parish includes 800 families  who celebrate the liturgy in our beautiful new church. Masses on the weekend include Saturday at 4:00pm, and Sunday morning at 7:00am, 9:00am and 11:00am.

A Music Director is responsible for selecting music for liturgies, forming and rehearsing a choir, rehearsing with cantors and serves as the parish organist.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The position is open immediately.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to the Pastor, Rev. Michael McGovern. The parish address is:
40000 N. US Hwy 45, Old Mill Creek, IL, 60046. Or you may use email: mmcgovern@archchicago.org.
Date Listed: 4-24-17

Elementary Music Education Specialist/ Music Associate - Full Time
Queen of Angels Catholic Parish
2330 W. Sunnyside, Chicago, IL 60625

Queen of Angels Parish, located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, is currently accepting applications for an elementary music education specialist to oversee the music education in the parish school of 450 students and work with the Director of Music to sustain and expand the parish music ministry. The school music education program is Kodaly based with an emphasis on choral singing and developing strong musical skills. Also included in the curriculum is ukulele instruction and handbells in the upper grades. The parish music program consists of two children’s choirs, an English language adult choir, and a Spanish language adult choir. There are five weekend Masses, four in English and one in Spanish. All weekend Masses feature cantor and organ/piano. Choirs sing regularly during the choir season (September through May). The children’s choirs are primarily drawn from the parish school and CCD program of 200 students. The English adult choir includes paid section leaders as well as volunteers from the parish.

The parish church houses a 3 manual Moller organ of 25 ranks located in the rear gallery and a 7’ Yamaha grand piano in the front. The organ was renovated and enhanced in 2005. The parish has a 4 octave set of Schulmerich handbells, 45 ukuleles, a large collection of Orff instruments, and will install a Yamaha piano lab in the summer of 2017.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about providing high quality music education to elementary students, possess a strong understanding of liturgical music, be committed to excellence in musical performance, have an elementary music certification, and be willing to work closely with the Director of Music and other musicians at the parish to enhance Queen of Angel’s reputation as a parish of musical excellence.

Applicants are invited to email a letter of interest, a resume, and any other supporting material to Kent Jager, Director of Music, at kjager@queenofangelschicago.org and complete the Applitrack application with the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Date Listed: 4-27-17

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

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

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