Divine Worship

Employment for Musicians

Updated July 11th, 2019

Contact Wendy Silhavy, Senior Coordinator for Liturgy and Music, at 312.534.8011 or wsilhavy@archchicago.org to submit a listing.

Positions available will remain on the list for 90 days. If you would like your position listing to be extended for another 90 days, contact Wendy Silhavy.

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.

Weekend Organist/Pianist/Vocalist
St. Rene Goupil Catholic Church
6949 West 63rd Place
Chicago, IL 60638

St. Rene Goupil Parish on the southwest side of Chicago is looking for a weekend musician to play at all four of our Masses. This person should be able to proficiently play both pipe organ and piano, while also leading our Catholic congregation in song.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is busy during the week, but desires to share their musical gifts on the weekend for sacred liturgy.

Appropriate stipend will be provided as agreed up with pastor.

St. Rene weekend Mass times are: 4 p.m. Saturday vigil, and 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

If interested, please contact Rev. Bob Regan at rregan@archchicago.org or call 773-229-8523.

Date listed: 7-5-19

Director of Music Ministry – part time with benefits
Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish: Queen of the Universe Church and St. Adrian Church
7114 S. Hamlin Ave
Chicago, IL 60629

Reports to: Pastor
Hours: TBD

The Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish Director of Music Ministry is a faith-filled person who holds credentials in music and has a thorough understanding for and appreciation of the Roman Catholic liturgy. In the “building the new reality” stage of Renew My Church, the Director of Music Ministry at Mary, Mother of Mercy works to bring the parishioners closer to God through the ministry of music, uniting and engaging the parish community. He/she works to recruit, train and support people with differing levels of musical ability and within differing forms of worship. This person is responsible for the effective planning, coordination, and execution of music within the liturgical celebrations of the parish, overseeing both worship sites. The ideal candidate should be proficient in piano and organ; and can direct the choirs and cantors in both English and Spanish.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Schedule liturgical music for all Sunday masses.
  • Recruit and rehearse with adult, school and children’s choirs.
  • Provides liturgical formation, music education, and practical preparation for liturgical celebrations for those involved in the music ministry of the parish.
  • Supervise and assist all cantors in leading music for weekend liturgies.
  • Work with the parish staff and school principal to ensure that there is inclusive, appropriate music for school liturgies, family masses, and sacramental celebrations.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings.
  • Ensure that the sound system and instruments are working properly and maintained.

Job Requirements:

  • Is knowledgeable and comfortable with Church music literature in all forms and styles for the congregation, choirs, vocalists, and instrumentalists.
  • Has a thorough understanding of the musical, liturgical, and pastoral judgments which must be made in selecting music for liturgy within both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities.
  • Is proficient in at least one performance area (keyboard, choral, voice, guitar)
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Fluent in Spanish and English

Contact email: spelrine@mmmparish.org [Sarah Pelrine, Operations Director]
Contact phone number: 773-582-4662

Date listed: 6-26-19

Music Teacher and Choir Director – Part-Time
St. Ann (Lansing) School
3014 Ridge Road
Lansing, Illinois

stannschoollansing.org
708.895.1661

St. Ann (Lansing) School is seeking a music teacher (PK-8th grade) for the 2019-2020 school year.

Details are below:

  • Teach music to preschool to eighth grade students on Wednesdays during the school year.
  • Accompany the students at the Wednesday morning 9:00 am school Mass.
  • Play and direct the school choir for one piece at the monthly family Mass (held one Sunday per month) at St. Ann (Lansing) Church.

Those who are interested may email their resume to Mrs. Eliza Gonzalez, principal at egonzalez@stannschoollansing.org

Date listed: 6-12-19

Director of Music and Liturgy – full time
St. John Berchmans
2517 West Logan Boulevard.
Chicago, IL 60647

St. John Berchmans Church, a growing vibrant bilingual Roman Catholic parish in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, is seeking applicants for the position of full-time director of music and liturgy.

Core duties:

  • Liturgy
    • Oversees seasonal liturgical planning and prepares weekend liturgies
    • Works collaboratively with the pastor, staff and volunteers to prepare liturgies, build a diverse repertoire (e.g., chant, traditional, classical, contemporary, gospel, etc.) and encourage participation and singing at liturgies
    • Provides music for five weekend Masses (four English & one Spanish), including occasional Family Masses
    • Provides music for Masses and services on holy days, other special occasions (e.g. confirmation, seasonal reconciliation, etc.), including bilingual (English/Spanish) liturgies for major feasts, Friday morning Masses for St. John Berchmans School (August-May) and occasional Masses for SJB Religious Education
    • Plans and coordinates music for weddings and funerals as necessary including meetings with engaged couples and consultations with the families of the deceased
  • Ensembles
    • Conducts and accompanies the parish English choir, Spanish choir and the combined English/Spanish choir for bilingual Masses, and recruits needed musicians, and attempts to involve newcomers and a broad spectrum of parishioners with a goal of increasing parishioner participation in the Music Ministry
    • Conducts the St. John Berchmans School choir (August-May)
  • Administration
    • Manages, schedules and supervises all paid cantors, choir section leaders, and music volunteers, and hires additional musicians for special occasions as necessary
    • Designs worship aids or booklets as necessary
    • Participates as a full member of the St. John Berchmans staff by working collaboratively with the pastor, school principal, director of operations, director of faith formation and education and by attending staff meetings, liturgy committee meetings and other events as necessary
    • Coordinates, trains and forms liturgical ministers (lectors, EMHCs and servers)

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in music or liturgy; master’s degree preferred
  • Strong organ, piano, and vocal skills
  • Comprehensive knowledge and love of Catholic liturgy, music and tradition
  • 3-5 years of experience in church music (may include part-time service); 5+ years preferred
  • Experience in or ability to facilitate bilingual liturgies in English and Spanish; bilingual and/or bicultural preferred

Please submit (a) a current résumé, including three professional references, (b) a letter stating your interest in and qualifications for the position, (c) three sample music programs for any three Catholic Masses or services.

Applications and questions should be directed to pmarshall@stjohnberchmans.org or proketenetz@stjohnberchmans.org (email applications strongly preferred), or mailed to Fr. Patrick Marshall, Pastor, St. John Berchmans Church, 2517 W. Logan Blvd., Chicago, IL 60647.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Date listed: 6-7-19

Tenor for Sanctuary Choir – part time
St. Marcelline Catholic Parish
Schaumburg, IL

Our warm and welcoming Sanctuary Choir seeks an experienced tenor to serve as a member of the choir and as a cantor. Our thirty-voice choir is a talented and capable ensemble adept at singing the great chant of our Church and living composers of our time. The choir was recently honored with an invitation to sing at Carnegie Hall featuring the music of Mark Hayes; completed five European performance tours; recorded two professional CD’s, and was recently featured on an episode of Shalom World TV’s Sing4Him.

Position responsibilities include the following:

  • Attend regular weekly Wednesday rehearsals from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Early September through mid-May.
  • Sing at the 10:30am Mass with choir. 10:00am call.
  • Perform two concerts per year. Christmas (December) Spring (May)
  • Sing on All Souls’, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Holy Week, Easter Sunday.
  • On occasion, sing with the Schola Cantorum.
  • Occasionally serve at cantor at an additional Mass.

We seek someone who is personable, possesses a sense of humor, flexible, dedicated and compassionate about high quality sacred choral music in a challenging but enjoyable atmosphere. The candidate can also serve, if available, as a cantor at Weddings and Funerals for an additional stipend.

If interested in an audition, please contact Dr. Marc Brunelle, Director of Liturgy & Music at mbrunelle@stmarcelline.com or at (847) 524-0260.

Date listed: 6-7-19

Director of Liturgical Music – full time
Church of Saint Patrick
15000 West Wadsworth Road
Wadsworth, Illinois 60083
847.244.4161
stpatrickwadsworth.org

Parish Background:
Saint Patrick Catholic Church is a vibrant active parish of 3000 families located 10 miles south of the Wisconsin border just east of Route 41. Its ministries include a parochial school (450 students) and a religious education program (150 students). The position of Director of Liturgical Music is a full-time staff position. There is also a full-time Director of Liturgy. The present Pastor has taught Liturgy courses for over ten years in the Archdiocesan Permanent Deaconate Pro-gram. He also plays both organ and piano.

Candidate:
The ideal candidate for this position should possess confident leadership skills and a spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Possessing the following characteristics:

Qualifications:

  • Be an active member of the Roman Catholic Church (or other liturgical church, Anglican, Lutheran, etc.)
  • Music background preferred; proficiency with keyboard, piano, and organ required.
  • Vocal performance ability
  • Able to direct choirs that would include both adults and children groups
  • Plan music for both parish and school liturgies
  • Plan and execute music for wedding, funeral, sacramental liturgies
  • Collaborate well with the Pastor and Director of Liturgy on weekly Eucharistic Liturgies
  • Function as part of the Full-time pastoral staff
  • Possess an openness to various musical styles and compositions of various liturgical music genres.
  • Have at least rudimentary skills in different languages - especially Latin and Spanish.
  • Attend and participate in a cross-section of Parish activities
  • Have a knowledge of hand-bell performance techniques (there is a hand bell coordinator)
  • Have a workable familiarity with a variety of present day hymnals (both Catholic and Protestant)
  • Be present and functioning at the full schedule of weekend liturgies
  • Train and rehearse volunteer cantors (including children)

For any further information:
We welcome your application and thank you for your interest. Please contact the parish office between Tuesdays and Thursdays at (847) 244-4161 and please ask for Fr. Jim Merold.

You may also attach your resume and email to Fr. Jim Merold @(jmerold@stpatrickwadsworth.org). Contact Fr. Jim for a full copy of the position description.

Date listed: 6-7-19

Accompanist – several options available, part time
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, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
    • Sunday Liturgy: 9:30am Mass (8:45am 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
  • Rehearsal and Mass Accompanist for Elementary Choir. The Elementary Choir sings for Student Body Masses during the school year.
    • Rehearsals: Tuesday afternoons, 1:30pm to 3:15pm
    • Student Body Mass: Friday mornings (when school is in session), 8:15am
  • Accompanist for Elementary Choir for All Saints Program, Christmas Eve, Lights of Lisle Concert, Holydays of Obligation, and other liturgical celebrations at which the Elementary Choir sings (for example – Feast of St. Benedict, Feast of St. Joan of Arc)
  • Substitute accompanist at additional liturgies, when needed (ie, weekend liturgies, funerals, weddings)

This position can be filled by one person, or it can be split into two (2) individual positions – Accompanist for Parish Choir, and Accompanist for Elementary Choir.

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

Date listed: 6-7-19

Section Leaders – part time
SS. Faith Hope and Charity Parish
191 Linden Street
Winnetka IL, 60093

Professional SOPRANO and ALTO section leader positions available for September, at SS. Faith Hope and Charity Parish in Winnetka IL. Minimum of 2 choir calls per week and opportunities available to cantor at other weekend Masses, funerals, weddings and during the summer months.

Contact Dr. Christian Stirling, Director of Music cstirling@faithhope.org

Date listed: 5-17-19

Director of Music – part time
Holy Spirit Catholic Community
2003 Hassert Bloulevard
Naperville, Illinois, 60564

Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Naperville, Illinois is seeking a part-time position (up to 30 hours a week) for a Director of Music. The qualified candidate will accompany, lead, and prepare appropriate music for weekend liturgies, Holy Days, weddings, funerals, quinceañeras, and other seasonal services. Other responsibilities include directing the adult and children’s choirs, collaborating with the parish staff, overseeing the participation of instrumentalists and cantors, and recruiting parishioners to participate in the music ministry program. Salary will be commensurate with expertise and experience.

Requirements
Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in music is required in addition to a minimum of three years’ experience as Director of Music in a parish or other ministerial setting. Strong piano, conducting, and vocal abilities are necessary; organ proficiency is preferred. A candidate with excellent musical, interpersonal, and organizational skills, liturgical knowledge, and spiritual/pastoral leadership qualities are a must.

Application
Email your cover letter and resume to Father Dennis Lewandowski at welcome@hscc.us

Date listed: 5-8-19

Choir Accompanist – part time
St. Alphonsus Liguori
411 North Wheeling Road
Prospect Heights, IL 60070

As a vibrant Catholic community, St. Alphonsus Liguori enjoys an active, diverse Music Ministry. We are currently looking for a year-round, part-time Accompanist for our Chorus of Faith adult choir. This is a directed, 20 voice SATB choir singing at Sunday 11 a.m. Mass, as well as several Holy Days and seasonal liturgies throughout the year. You should be:

  • A proficient sight-reader
  • Able to improvise and follow expected and unexpected direction
  • Experienced with accompanying small, volunteer choirs
  • Proficient with piano; organ proficiency a definite plus but not essential (but add’l $$ available for proficient organ skills)
  • At least minimally familiar with Catholic liturgy styles and Mass elements
  • Dependable and well prepared for rehearsals and liturgies

The position includes a weekly Thursday evening rehearsal from September thru late May or early June. There is a call rehearsal each Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m. just prior to 11 a.m. Mass. As with all Archdiocesan positions, you will be required to attend a “Protecting God's Children” workshop and agree to an annual employment background check.

Come and join our Chorus of Faith Music Ministry family!
Please forward inquiries to Scott Huff, Director, Chorus of Faith, at s.huff@saintalphonsus.com

Date listed: 5-3-19

Director of Music – part time with benefits
Saint Catherine Laboure
Glenview, Illinois

Description: Saint Catherine Laboure Parish is an active suburban parish of approximately 1,200 families located in Glenview, IL. The parish is seeking to hire an experienced Director of Music. The Director of Music (DM) will be responsible for developing, implementing, and growing a parish-wide music program according to the needs of the parish.

Qualifications:

Musical/Liturgical

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in music. Masters’ degree preferred.
  • Proficient with organ, piano, and/or voice.
  • Deep understanding and appreciation for Catholic liturgy and theology.
  • Committed to developing and maintaining active congregational singing.
  • Knowledge of the complete tradition of Catholic music.
  • Background in selection of appropriate music for liturgies.
  • Experience in leading choirs and working with cantors.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Enthusiastic, dynamic, outgoing personality.
  • Ability and openness to working with people of all ages.
  • Ability to recruit and train parishioners for parish choirs.
  • An approach to ministry rooted in prayer and reflection.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Musical/Liturgical

  • Plan and coordinate the entire music program, providing leadership and resources to all musicians active in the program.
  • Coordinate Sunday liturgies, weddings, funerals, holy days and special occasions.
  • Primarily responsible for the music selection of all regular and special celebrations.
  • Work with Church choirs and cantors; coordinate with and be a resource to school music teacher.

Administrative

  • Regular meetings with the pastor, staff and liturgy committee
  • Maintain the music library
  • Supervise maintenance of all parish instruments.

Yearly Review

Participate in a yearly review with the Pastor and Liturgy Committee to evaluate progress on goals. revise goals as needed and develop specific objectives for the following year.

Contact: Rev. Isaac Lara, Pastor 847.729.9234 ilara@archchicago.org

Date listed: 5-3-19

School Music Teacher – Full Time
St. Theresa School
445 North Benton Street
Palatine, Illinois

St. Theresa School in Palatine, IL has an opening for a full time school music teacher, grades Pre-K to 8. Ideal candidates will have a teaching license from Illinois or another state. Ideal candidates will also have significant knowledge and understanding of liturgical music, drama, and musical theatre.

The position includes:

  • Teach general music grades Pre-K to 8.
  • Plan Christmas musical program
  • Coordination of music for school Masses and other liturgies
  • Conduct 2 – 3 children’s choirs including a Mass choir, and middle school choir, and a lower choir

Also desirable is the ability to direct the spring musical theater program

To apply please contact:

Miss Mary Keenley
Principal St. Theresa School
mkeenley@sttheresaschool.com

Date listed: 4-10-19