Divine Worship

Empleo para músicos

Updated October 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.

Minister of Music – part time
All Saints Episcopal Church
4370 Woodland Avenue
Western Springs IL

All Saints, Western Springs, seeks a part-time (10-12 hr/wk) Minister of Music. We are a small but exciting church with an average Sunday attendance in the mid-50’s. We love our music program and enjoy singing as a congregation. A volunteer choir rehearses weekly as available, and the congregation is supportive of new musical efforts. Worship at All Saints is fairly casual, but we celebrate the Eucharist weekly and adhere to a “Broach Church” Anglican tradition. The ideal candidate would be a skilled organist (preferably with some background in the Anglican, Lutheran or similar liturgical tradition), who is excited about learning new skills. Proficiency with other instruments a plus, but not required. We would also be excited about growing our music programming with and for children.

The Minister of Music will be responsible for the selection, rehearsal and performance of all musical pieces for services, and encouraged to pursue other opportunities to enrich the musical experience of the congregation in and out of worship. Hours are flexible most weeks, with the clear exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Holy Week (we have evening liturgies with music on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday). Three weeks (including Sundays) are provided as paid time off, with another week (including Sunday) for continuing education (a small budget is also provided to pay conference or material fees for continuing ed). A full position description may be seen at www.allsaintsws.org/hiring

For more information or to submit materials, please contact the Rev. Kate Spelman – rector.kate@gmail.com; 708.246.0030

Date listed: 10-11-19

Tenor and Bass section leaders – part time
St. Isaac Jogues
306 West Fourth Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521

St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Hinsdale, Illinois is looking for a tenor and bass section leader(s) to join the parish choir. Good sight-reading skills are necessary as the choir sings 2 different anthems each week along with antiphons and the musical parts of the Mass. The choir sings at the 10:30 liturgy on Sundays from September till June. The choir also sings for all the major feast days of the church, including Christmas Midnight Mass and Christmas Day, Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings in the choir room from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Call on Sunday mornings is 10 a.m. followed by Mass at 10:30. The choir wears traditional choir robes. Music includes the classical composers to contemporary. Choir is made up of people who sing in community choirs, college choruses and the Lyric Opera Chorus of Chicago.

The stipend is $50 per call. There are additional opportunities to cantor other liturgies and sing for weddings and funerals.

If interested, please contact Nick Thomas, Music Director, at 630-655-6669 or email him at nick@sijhinsdale.com.

Date listed: 9-18-19

Music Director – part time
St. Pius X Church
4300 South Oak Park Avenue
Stickney, IL 60402

Description and Responsibilities

St. Pius X parish is seeking a qualified pastoral musician to fill a part-time Music Director’s position. We seek a person who is creative and has musical experience and training in contemporary liturgical and sacred music as well as strong interpersonal and pastoral skills. The Music Directors responsibilities would be to select/prepare music for Saturday and Sunday Eucharist (5:00 pm, 8:00 am & 10:30 am), holy days, special liturgies; direct an adult choir and children’s choir; a "Celebration of Life" choir, and teach cantors. The individual must have knowledge of Catholic liturgy, conducting skills, proficiency at piano and organ; act as a cantor from organ. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience.

Please send, e-mail or fax resume and cover letter to:

Fr. Anthony Markus, Pastor
Music Search Committee
4300 South Oak Park Avenue 
Stickney, IL 60402
E-Mail: spxparish@aol.com
Fax: 708-749-8518

Date listed: 9-4-19

Section Leaders – part time
St. Stanislaus Kostka Church
1351 West Evergreen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642

St. Stanislaus Kostka Church (Chicago) is auditioning Soprano, Mezzo/Alto, Tenor, and Bass soloists and section leaders. We are specifically looking for professionals to support Sunday morning 10 a.m. choir and sing for holidays, holy days, and various additional Masses/services.

Standard Qualifications required:

  • Strong sight-reading skills
  • Experience or proficiency singing Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, religious acclamations, and anthems
  • Experience working in a ministry setting with amateur and professional musicians
  • Must exhibit strong interpersonal skills and the qualities of responsibility, punctuality, and reliability
  • Experience singing in Polish and Spanish a plus, but not required


  • Regular participation in Sunday morning 10 a.m. Masses supporting the volunteer choir and the occasional Saturday evening Healing Masses
  • Availability to sing for major holidays, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday and additional Advent and Lenten Liturgies
  • Other opportunities to solo and perform will be offered Compensation provided.

Email Lisa and Josh at music@ststanschurch.org to schedule audition and include your resume or repertoire list, headshot, and recording if available.

Date listed: 9-3-19

Director of Music Ministry – full time
Holy Family Catholic Church
600 Brook Forest Avenue
Shorewood, IL 60404

Holy Family Catholic Church in Shorewood is seeking a dynamic Director of Music Ministry to plan, coordinate, and continue to build our music ministry program. This is a full time position. The Director of Music Ministry will work autonomously reporting to the pastor as he or she directs/accompanies/supervises musicians, cantors and choirs for five weekend liturgies, children’s choir, holy days, weekly school Mass, funerals, weddings, First Eucharist and Confirmation, etc. It may involve teaching music in school.

Successful candidates must be an active, practicing Catholic with experience in adult, youth and children’s choirs as well as with traditional/contemporary liturgical music. In addition, a Bachelor’s Degree in music, minimum 3 years of experience in Catholic music ministry and liturgy, and proficiency in multiple musical styles. Strong organ, piano, choir direction and vocal skills are required; along with excellent communication and organizational skills.

Contact the pastor, Fr. John Phan, fatherjohn@holyfamilyshorewood.org, for more information or to apply.

Date listed: 8-29-19

Accompanist/Director – part time
Church of the Holy Spirit
1451 Bode Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194

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


  • Rehearsal and Mass Accompanist/Director for 5pm Saturday Parish Choir year round
  • Rehearsals Thursday evenings, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Saturday Liturgy: 5:00pm Mass (4:30 call for setup)
  • Should be available to play for occasional Holy Day masses, funerals and weddings (other accompanists help out as well)


  • Proficient on piano/keyboard/voice, able to direct a small choir and group of instrumentalists
  • Capable and comfortable with sight-reading, improvisation, ability to play individual parts from choral score, teaching parts and leading rehearsal
  • Capable and comfortable with traditional and contemporary music
  • Basic understanding and familiarity with Roman Catholic liturgy and rituals
  • Must be compliant with the requirements of the Archdiocese of Chicago for protecting God’s Children. A background check is needed as well as other requirements which include an instructional class.

For additional information or to apply for the position, please contact Linda Donaldson, Director of Music, via email at Linda.D@churchoftheholyspirit.org

Date listed: 8-27-19

Organist/Director of Music (Part Time)
Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist
2640 Park Drive
Flossmoor, IL 60422

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist is looking for an individual of mature faith to join our ministry staff as Organist/Director of Music. The successful candidate will:

  • have an appreciation for catholic liturgy as expressed in the Anglican tradition,
  • be a proficient and versatile organist,
  • be a skilled choral director
  • be responsible for selecting congregational hymns, choral anthems, and other special music appropriate to the liturgical season.

The Organist/Director of Music is expected to provide music for the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Eucharist; Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Holy Week services; and to lead one choir rehearsal per week. For other special services, including weddings and funerals, the Organist/Director of Music has first option to play, and if not available, will coordinate a supply organist as the need requires.

To apply, send resume to the Rector, Fr. Jeremy Froyen at frjeremy@mysje.org.

Date listed: 8-14-19

Choir Tenor Section Leader – part time

St. Paul of the Cross Church in Park Ridge is in need of a permanent Tenor Section Leader for the upcoming 2019-20 choir season and beyond. This paid position includes one rehearsal/week and one 10:30 a.m. Sunday Choir Mass/Week. Additional calls on holy days, Christmas Eve, and Holy Week. Cantoring opportunities are also possible including weekend Masses, weddings, and funerals.

For more information or to submit your resume, contact Director of Music, Ed Eicker at edwardeicker@spc-church.org.

Date listed: 8-2-19

Director of Music - Part Time with benefits/Open to Full Time
St. Cajetan
2445 West 112th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60655

Parish of 1200 families in Chicago (Beverley Area), school of 400+ ; Looking for a candidate who will contribute to the workings of the parish staff; coordinate 3 weekend liturgies, work with director of Children's choir (1 daily school Mass and 1 weekend parish Mass monthly); provide music for RE Mass once a month, as well as holy days, funerals and weddings. Hoping to expand our music program – encouraging the growth of parish choir/youth involvement/cantors/instrumentalists.

May be open to part time with benefits, or full time, if candidate has liturgy background and can help with liturgical ministers and worship.

Musician with background in Church Music; person who has a Vatican II vision, and can work well with others. Competent in voice (vocalist and vocal leader) as well as keyboard (mainly piano and electronic organ). Great opportunity for an individual who is creative and a self-starter.

Send Resume to the pastor, Steven Dombrowski at SDombrowski@Cajetan.org

Date listed: 8-2-19

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


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

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.

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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.

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: 5-8-19