Divine Worship

Employment for Musicians

Updated September 21, 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.

Music Director – part time
St. Tarcissus Parish
6020 West Ardmore Avenue
Chicago, IL 60646

The Music Director, under the direction of the pastor, organizes and directs the program of music for the liturgical and devotional life of the parish in order to facilitate the full and active participation of the assembly. The Music Director will oversee music for all Sunday liturgies 5:00 p.m. (Saturday), 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. (Sunday) as well as all holy days and special parish Masses. The parish currently has paid cantors. 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. It is the desire of the parish to start up a new parish choir and work with other existing parish ensembles.

Please send resumes and references to Rev. Michael Grisolano at frmikeg@sttars.org.

Date listed: 9-21-18

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

Music Director – part time
St. Colette Church
3900 South Meadow Drive
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Reports to: Pastor, St. Colette Church

Summary: The Music Director, under the direction of the pastor and in collaboration with the pastoral staff, organizes and directs the program of music for the liturgical and devotional life of the parish in order to facilitate the full and active participation of the assembly. This position fosters a spirit of unity and stewardship among the music ministry and the assembly.


  • Oversee music for all English liturgies 5 p.m., 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.
  • Develops assembly repertoire, weekly music selections, and appropriate music for all parish liturgies
  • Recruits, trains and schedules choirs, ensembles, cantors, instrumentalists and accompanists to lead and support assembly singing
  • Ensures appropriate musical support for funeral and English wedding liturgies
  • Conducts weekly choir rehearsals
  • Conducts Resurrection choir rehearsals
  • Plan music for Holidays, Christmas, Holy week
  • Prepare seasonal worship aids for the assembly
  • Prepare and direct the bilingual music when called upon to do so in coordination with the Hispanic Music Ministry with the Adult Choir
  • Teaches new music to the assembly to grow music repertoire
  • Primary musician for all 8 a.m. First Friday of Adoration Masses year round
  • Play for Holy Days of Obligation Masses: “Ascension, All Saints, All Souls day, Thanksgiving, Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary, New Year’s Eve/Day, Ash Wednesday, Feast of Saint Colette, Corpus Christi Procession, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day
  • Play for special masses: St. Colette Graduation Mass, First Reconciliation, Parish Reconciliation Mass, First Communion, and Confirmation Mass
  • Attends relevant scheduled staff meetings
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable copyright and licensing laws
  • Oversees maintenance of musical instruments and has working knowledge of parish sound systems
  • Keeps inventory of all printed music
  • Responsible for professional liturgical music education spiritual formation
  • Submit Accompanist Payroll Bi-weekly

Other Skills:

  • Has the ability to conduct choirs/ensembles, coach vocal technique and direct cantors/accompanists/other instrumentalists
  • Connects with and challenges people at all musical levels
  • Has the ability to lead and supervise
  • Has excellent interpersonal and human relations skills
  • Has excellent organizational skills
  • Has the ability to work independently
  • Is a practicing Roman Catholic
  • Willing to commit to overall parish welfare and development

Job Type: Part-Time


  • Expert level of experience in playing the piano
  • Intermediate level of experience in playing the organ
  • Experience in a Catholic parish music ministry.

Please Send Cover Letter and Resume to Rev. Brian Simpson at brian.simpson62@gmail.com.

Date listed: 9-12-18

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

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.

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.

Rev. Charles Watkins, Pastor

Date listed: 8-16-18

Director of Liturgical Music – full time
St. Petronille Parish
Glen Ellyn, IL

St. Petronille Parish In Glen Ellyn, IL (Joliet Diocese) is seeking a full-time Director of Liturgical Music to "foster full, conscious and active participation" through music during the weekend liturgies by selecting appropriate music, recruiting and rehearsing cantors, directing choirs and Instrumentation, providing keyboard accompaniment for all weekend and special liturgies, as well as cantorlng when needed, and other related activities as requested by the pastor. Providing music for funerals and weddings will be additional responsibilities.

Please send resumes to Rev. James Dougherty at the parish office, 420 Glenwood Avenue, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 or email to doughertyj@stpetschurch.org.

Date listed: 8-10-18

Director of Music – part time
Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish
16043 South Bell Road
Homer Glen, IL. 60491

Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Homer Glen, IL. Is seeking a Part-Time Director of Music for our parish of approximately 1,400 families. Applicants should have a strong music background; able to play the piano/keyboard; lead the choir, cantors, and congregation in song; be well versed in Roman Catholic liturgy is desirable; choral and instrumental directing; work as a team member; possess strong interpersonal skills; able to play at weekend Masses; Funerals; Special Occasions, Holy Days, etc. Salary is negotiable. Subject to background check.

Please email resume to frjoseph@omgccc.org or call 708.301.6246.

Date listed: 7-25-18

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

Choir Section Leader (Soprano) – part time
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). Periodic Section Leader rehearsals starting approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled choir rehearsal time.
  • Sunday Liturgy (9:30am Mass), 8:45am 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: 7-23-18

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

29 or less hours per week.

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.


  • 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: 7-23-18

Long Term Substitute Teacher
Saint Mary School Buffalo Grove
50 North Buffalo Grove Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

September 9 - April
Substitute needed for music class and school Mass. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Must be a certified teacher and the ability to play piano is required. Please email resume to: ltomassetti@stmarybg.org.

Date listed: 7-20-18

Choir Director
Bell Choir Director
Christ Church, United Church of Christ
1492 Henry Avenue DesPlaines, Illinois 60016

Christ Church, United Church of Christ, in DesPlaines Illinois, has an opening for a choir director, bell choir director, and organist, all three of which would be part time positions and could in fact be separate or combined. We are a church of approximately 185 members, serving the northwest suburban area of Chicago. Salary is commiserate on how the positions are defined. The positions would be available as of the end of the summer season. For further information, please see the church website christchurchucc.org or call the church office at 847.297.4230.

Date listed: 6-29-18

Choral Position Openings 2018-19 Season – part time
1 Tenor, 1 Bass (2nd Bass preferred)
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
708 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

The Choir of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has one tenor and one bass opening in its professional roster for the coming 2018-19 season. The semi-professional, 35-member choir, under music director Paul French, sings an eclectic and engaging repertoire of Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, orchestral Classical Masses, Byzantine and Slavonic works, spirituals and a great variety of the music of contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt, Britten, Hovhaness, Vaughan Williams, Grayston Ives, Flor Peeters, Gerald Finzi, William Ferris, etc.

The choral season runs from mid-September through early June with two calls per week on average: a weekly Wednesday evening rehearsal, and the Sunday morning 11:00 a.m. Mass, with calls being paid at $50 and bonuses paid at Christmas and Holy Week. In addition, recording, concert and liturgical opportunities (weddings and funerals) are also possible.

The successful candidates will be superb sight readers and possess flexible choral instruments, as much of the choir's repertoire is sung with a restricted vibrato, and comfort with straight-tone singing is a must. Experience as a section leader is also helpful. The non-professional roster is auditioned and quite capable.

For further information or to schedule an audition, contact music director Paul French.
Paul French
Music Director
773.525.0453 x217

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

Organist/Accompanist needed for 2-hour Wednesday rehearsals and Sunday 9 a.m. Mass with the traditional choir beginning in September. This choir meets from September through Corpus Christi. Midnight Mass, Triduum, and some special liturgies also required. Occasional requests off can be granted. Organ skills are a must for this position, and piano is occasionally used. Allen Q275 Renaissance Quantum organ, and Young Chang grand piano. Opportunities for additional Masses are a possibility.

If interested, please contact the Music Director, Valerie Oestry, at voestry@mystjohns.org for an audition.

Director of Music – part time
Holy Spirit Catholic Community
Naperville, Illinois

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, quinceaneras, 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.

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.

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

Date Listed: 6-15-18

Alto and Tenor Section Leader Positions – part time
Ss. Faith, Hope and Charity Parish
191 Linden Street, Winnetka IL 60093

Ss. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka, has a thriving Parish choir and we are looking for ALTO and TENOR SECTION LEADERS for the coming choral season Oct-May. The choir sings at the Sunday 9AM Mass each week and for special services during the Christmas period and during Holy Week. Choir practice is on Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The section leaders also sing as an octet at various liturgies during the year and act as cantors for other weekend liturgies, weddings and funerals. Minimum of 2-3 calls per week. Please contact Christian Stirling cstirling@faithhope.org for more details.

Date Listed: 6-13-18

Director of Music – Part Time
St. Joan of Arc
9248 North Lawndale Avenue
Evanston, IL  60203

St Joan of Arc is a vibrant and welcoming parish situated on the Skokie- Evanston border. We are currently seeking a Director of Music (Part-time) to plan, lead and participate in Liturgical music at all weekend Masses and other parish and school Liturgies such as Holy Days, Reconciliation services, sacramental celebrations and prayer services. Music is an essential part of our worship and we place a high value on quality music that inspires our participation in the Church’s worship.


  • A Bachelors Degree in Music or better.
  • Previous experience leading a Parish music program preferred but not essential.
  • Strong keyboard (piano/organ), vocal and directing skills.
  • Possesses a thorough understanding of the Catholic Mass and Liturgical music. The Director of Music is a pastoral, prayerful person, committed to personal and professional growth.
  • A team player who fosters positive relationships.
  • Proficient in MS Word/Publisher.


  • Plan, lead and participate in Liturgical music at all weekend Masses and other parish and school Liturgies. Currently there is a 3 Mass weekend schedule (Saturday Vigil Mass 4:30 p.m., Sunday Masses 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.)
  • Assemble and produce a weekly worship aide.
  • Recruit, train and schedule volunteer cantors and instrumentalists.
  • Recruit, train and direct a growing choir program (adult and children’s choirs). There is a desire to see the seasonal adult choir (Advent and Lent) move to a more regular October-May schedule.
  • Plan, research and select appropriate music for the general assembly, cantors and choirs.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the music library and musical instruments.
  • Prepare and administer the parish music budget.

E-mail resume to the Pastor, Fr, Dan Costello at frdan.sja@gmail.com.

Date listed: 5-24-18

Director of Liturgy and Music – Full Time
Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church
Aurora, Illinois

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church (OLM) is located in Aurora, IL in the Diocese of Joliet, and is a parish of 3,600 families committed to the New Evangelization and making disciples. Our desire is to offer every person in our community a life-changing encounter with Jesus. OLM is seeking an experienced Catholic Director of Liturgy and Music who can inspire the faithful to deepen their relationship with Jesus through music and worship. The Director of Liturgy & Music is a full-time paid position with benefits, reporting directly to the Pastor.

An Overview of Responsibilities:


  • Develop, coordinate and implement a total parish program of worship that engages the full conscious active participation of parishioners
  • Provides for the continuing liturgical formation and education of the parish, staff, liturgical ministers, Worship Commission and Art & Environment Committee
  • Ensures that the norms of liturgical documents and Diocesan directives are implemented
  • Provide leadership and assistance to the parish Worship Commission
  • Recruit, train and coordinate all persons involved in liturgical ministries
  • Oversees and sets policies for the Art & Environment Committee
  • Monitors liturgical furnishing, vestments, and supplies
  • Works with the Faith Formation Commission in planning and presenting the annual Parish Mission
  • Provides for the periodic evaluation of the quality of the worship celebrations and liturgical ministries
  • Supervise the upgrade of current sound system
  • Participates in the parish budget process


  • Develop a prayerful, singing assembly
  • Responsible for all music associated with worship in the parish
  • Directs adult choir and other choirs as determined
  • Responsible for recruiting and training competent musicians to staff all Sunday and Holy Day liturgies. Director is expected to accompany or direct choir(s) for 4 of 6 Sunday Masses

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree or above in music and liturgy
  • Prefer candidate with 5 years experience in a leadership liturgy/music role in a Catholic parish setting
  • Proficiency in piano, organ and voice
  • Work collaboratively with pastor

Critical Qualities

  • A person of faith with a strong personal relationship with Jesus and a desire to serve and disciple those involved in the liturgical and musical ministries of the parish
  • Joyful, authentic, charitable, and courageous
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to collaborate with staff team and volunteers
  • Natural leader
  • Thrives in team environments
  • Self-starter with strong initiative
  • Innovator
  • Effective organizer, planner, and implementer
  • Creative problem solver
  • Skilled at conflict resolution
  • Mission driven and servant-hearted 

Interested candidates please e-mail a letter stating your qualifications for the position, your resume, two references, and a brief statement of faith to Robert Gancarz, Business Manager at robertg@olmercy.com.

Applications accepted through June 15, 2018.

Date listed: 5-24-18

Director of Music Ministry – Full Time
St. Germaine Parish
9711 South Kolin
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

St Germaine Parish is seeking a person who possesses a creative musical vision, who has experience and training in contemporary and traditional liturgical music and can contribute to a vision of energy and revitalization for the parish. Responsibilities include: Collaborates with pastor, staff, and parishioners in providing music for Liturgical Services; 4 weekend Masses, Holy Days, Christmas, Sacred Triduum, and School and Religious Education masses; funeral and weddings and other liturgies throughout the year as needed. The director is also responsible for maintaining current choirs, recruiting new members for our adult and children’s choir, developing potential cantors, and working with school and RE children in preparation for various masses. Effective leadership and communication skills are essential. This position is a Full-Time benefits-eligible opportunity; salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Other responsibilities include: attendance and participation at bi-monthly staff meetings, monthly Liturgy Team meetings, and maintenance of music room and supplies.

Strong keyboard, organ and vocal skills; Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Music and/or Liturgy preferred.

Please send cover letter and resume to Rev. Michael Furlan at fr.furlan@stgermaine.com.

Date listed: 5-21-18

Assistant Organist – part time
St. John Brebeuf Catholic Church
8305 North Harlem Avenue
Niles, IL 60714


Qualifications sought:
The applicant has an understanding of the place of music in the Roman Rite (Roman Catholic Liturgy), and a desire to serve in a predominantly Polish and English speaking community in a very large and vibrant multi-ethnic parish.


  • Practicing Catholic.
  • Bilingual vocal ability preferred (Polish and English)
  • Regular Schedule: Polish Language Mass on Saturday 6:30 p.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m., Wednesday 7 p.m., and First Fridays devotions and mass (Fridays at 7 p.m. once per month).
  • Assists with the Grade School Children and Teens Choirs.
  • Will attend planning meetings and become, whenever possible, involved in the life of the community.
  • Applicant should be interested in helping re-establish a vibrant Polish choral program, including a teen group and/or a children’s group for Fall 2018.

Email resume and cover letter to Father Michael Meany, Pastor, at applications@sjbrebeuf.org. No phone calls, please.

Date listed: 5-10-18

Director of Music – full time
St. Thomas of Villanova Parish
1201 East Anderson Drive
Palatine, IL 60074

An active, vibrant Parish of 2500 families in Cook County, Illinois, St. Thomas of Villanova Parish in Palatine is accepting applications for the full-time salaried position of Director of Music. The successful candidate will be prepared to plan, lead and participate in liturgical music at all weekend Masses, all School Masses, and other Parish & School Liturgies,for example, holy days, retreats, missions, communal reconciliations, sacramental celebrations, Religious Education Liturgies and prayer services.

All choirs, current and future, and all musicians, will all be under your direction. Gather 3 (GIA) and other appropriate music form the basis of the Parish repertoire. A candidate with excellent musical and organizational skills, spiritual leadership qualities and experience will be a good fit for this position. St. Thomas highly values the congregational participation in all our sacred Liturgies.

This is a pastoral staff-level position with appropriate responsibilities reporting directly to the pastor. The Music Director will be responsible for preparation of worship aids, copyright reporting, and maintenance of our music library and instruments. Weddings, funerals, and other special rites will provide additional opportunities for you and other Parish musicians. Full Pastoral Staff collaboration with the Director of Music is essential. It forms the foundation of how we work together at St. Thomas.

Bachelor’s degree or better in Performance on Piano or Voice (or other instrument), Music Education, Liturgical Music or related field is required. A minimum of 3 years’ experience as Director of Music in a Parish setting is required. 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 are a plus. Background check and Virtus training are required of all Parish employees. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018. Salary will be commensurate with experience and education according to Archdiocesan guidelines.

Please email a cover letter and resume to fifth@stvschool.org for further consideration. Any video links to performances/ celebrations where you are demonstrating your skills would be appreciated.

Complete Job Description

The Director of Music is a person of faith whose ministry embodies the effective planning, coordination and implementation of appropriate music for Catholic Worship.



  • Plans and provides music and musicians for all Parish Liturgies.
  • Ensures the selection of music is appropriate to the Scripture texts and prayers.
  • Invites, welcomes and encourages participation of Parishioners with varying experience and musical talent to be part of the music of Mass.
  • Actively involved in and present at all Liturgical Planning meetings. Collaborates and communicates with the Pastor on Liturgical planning & preparation.
  • Keeps abreast of current developments in Liturgy and music and directs music ministers in available training workshops and formational opportunities.
  • Provides effective leadership and communications.
  • Ensures that liturgical music planning is done in a seasonal and timely fashion.
  • Directs, rehearses, recruits and builds the groups of instrumentalists, cantors and all Parish choirs.
  • Is creative and employs a variety of musical styles, honoring the traditions, while expanding the repertoire of music in the Parish.

Pastoral Service

  • Works as an active member of the Pastoral Staff and is committed to working as a team member.
  • Supports the Pastor’s vision and communicates and collaborates well with the Pastor.
  • Promotes good public relations both within and beyond the Parish and is committed to working with the Parish grouping, deanery and Archdiocesan network of professional peers.
  • Is involved and supportive of the Parish mission and ministries.
  • Serves as a resource consultant for Parish concerns regarding music and Liturgy and has a clear understanding of the role of liturgy and music in worship.
  • Is a person of faith who embodies stewardship as a way of life.

Administrative Duties

  • Is expected to be present in the Parish office during normal business hours and other times as necessitated by the position. An office will be provided.
  • Develops and manages the music budget in collaboration with the Business Manager and Pastor.
  • Is a good steward of all the Parish’s musical and sound equipment, insuring that all Parish components are properly cared for, secured and maintained as required. Maintains the music library.
  • Prepares liturgical worship aids and scripts as needed, obtaining copyright permission and licenses as appropriate.


  • Desire and ability to foster the spiritual growth of the Parish.
  • Effective leadership, organizational and communication skills.
  • Undergraduate degree in music, theological studies, or a related field required.
  • Prior experience as a Music Director in a Parish setting required.
  • Strong keyboard and vocal skills.
  • Solid vocal and choral training and directing skills. Cantor skills a plus.
  • Working knowledge of the church’s liturgical documents and the proper role of music in the Liturgy.
  • A committed team player, faith filled, honest, respectful, flexible, and eager to join a Parish team to achieve Parish goals.


  • 2 Digital keyboards
  • 2 Octave Hand Bell Set Large
  • Extensive Music Repertoire /Gather 3

Salary & Benefits
Salary & benefits for full-time salaried employees are in accordance with guidelines stated by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Stipends for Weddings are extra to the salary.

Date listed: 5-10-18

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