Divine Worship

Employment for Musicians

Updated February 2,2017

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

Director of Music and Liturgy – full time
Parish: St. Eugene Congregation
Location: Fox Point, WI (Archdiocese of Milwaukee)
Experience: 3-5 years minimum
Education: Bachelor’s Degree required

Description:

  • St. Eugene is a vibrant, community-oriented parish seeking an energetic, faith-filled pastoral musician to lead all liturgical and musical efforts for the parish.
  • The Director of Music & Liturgy reports directly to the pastor and works closely with the rest of the Pastoral Staff and his/her counterpart at St. Monica Parish in Whitefish Bay.

Qualifications

  • A practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church
  • High level of skill playing both organ and piano, as well as singing/vocal training and conducting
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, MS Publisher, Sibelius or Finale music editing software
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in music or Pastoral Music
  • 3-5 years experience in parish work
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills with a variety of age levels

Responsibilities

  • Leading the three standing parish choirs (Adult, 3-octave Handbell, and Children), Cantors, and Instrumentalists.
  • Supervising volunteer coordinators for all liturgical ministries (including Art & Environment)
  • Serving as principle musician for all parish liturgies, including planning and preparation of all music for said liturgies.
  • Working with School for school masses and student cantors.
  • Helping lead the Worship Committee
  • Creating weekly/seasonal worship aids and ensuring copyright laws and reporting are followed
  • Arranging music for ensembles as needed
  • Creating weekly Prayers of the Faithful and any other Liturgical blessings or celebrations
  • Ongoing formation of all music and liturgical ministers on a regular basis

Compensation

Annual

Directions to Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and at least two contrasting videos demonstrating musical skill to: Director of Music & Liturgy Search Committee - dmlsearch@stme.church.
Questions may be directed to Fr. Jerry Herda, frjerry@stme.church
 
About the Employer

St. Eugene is a suburban Milwaukee parish on the North Shore with around 1100 families, clustered
with a neighboring parish of similar size (sharing a pastor, associate pastor, and some staff).

Date Listed: February 2, 2017

Director of Music and Liturgy - full time
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Valparaiso, IN

Description

  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is located in Porter County Indiana, progressive, congregation of 1200 families, is seeking a full time Director of Music and Liturgy.  

Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will have excellent keyboard skills in piano and organ and direct our choirs, cantors and help to develop a praise music program.  

Responsibilities

  • This person will be the musician for all Sunday worship and holiday services.  
  • And the individual will also be available for weddings and funerals or be able to find replacement.
  • The applicant will have outstanding communication skills in working with the pastor, staff and members.

For a complete job description go to: www.seseton.com. Send letter/resume to djpm1624@comcast.net
 
Date Listed: January 31, 2017

Organist - part time
Grace Lutheran Church
Mount Prospect, IL

Description

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

Responsibilities

  • 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

Primary instruments

Allen Digital Computer Organ (MDS-55); Yamaha grand piano

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

Music Director – full time
Holy Trinity Catholic Parish
25 E. Richmond St.
Westmont, IL 60559

 
Description

  • The Music Director for Holy Trinity Parish is a person of faith who has a thorough understanding of the Roman Catholic liturgy.

Responsibilities

  • Resposible 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 7:00 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.

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 maintain office hours and attend staff meetings 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: January 6, 2017

Music Director; Full Time
Holy Trinity Catholic Parish
25 E. Richmond St.
Westmont, IL 60559

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 7:00 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.

Qualifications

  • 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 maintain office hours and attend staff meetings 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: January 06,2017

Soprano Section Leader; Part Time 
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church; Lisle, Illinois

Description

  • St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church is looking for a soprano Section Leader for the Parish Choir.
  • This is a paid position, available January 9, 2017, and includes the following commitments

Qualifications

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

Responsibilities

  • Weekly choir rehearsals (Tuesday evenings, 7:30pm to 9:30pm) 
  • Sunday Liturgy (9:30am Mass), 8:45am rehearsal/call 
  • Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Holy Week, Easter, other liturgies at which the Parish Choir sings 
  • Occasional additional liturgies singing as part of an SATB Schola 

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: December 09,2016

Parish Musician; Part-Time
St. Rene Goupil 
64th Street and New England Ave

Chicago, IL

Description

  • 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.

Responsibilities

  • 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

Description

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • Highly proficient piano and organ skills (both preferred) including sight-reading, improvisation, and knowledge of keyboard accompaniment styles. Experience in Roman Catholic liturgy.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Remuneration

  • 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
jkoch@stjohnofthecross.org

Date Listed: October 17, 2016

Director of Music Ministry; Part-Time
Organist / Pianist / Choir Director
Westchester Community Church, United Church of Christ; Westchester, IL

Description

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

Responsibilities

  • 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

Description

  • 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

Description

  • 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.

Requirements

  • 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