Contact Wendy Silhavy, Senior Coordinator for Liturgy and Music, at 312.534.8011 or email@example.com to submit a listing.
Parishes sometimes list music positions on the main archdiocesan employment website, found at: http://www.archchicago.org/Employment/Parishes.aspx
If you wish to submit a listing to the main archdiocesan employment site, follow this link: http://www.archchicago.org/Employment/OtherForm.aspx
Music Director – part time
Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish
Homer Glen, Illinois
Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Homer Glen, Illinois, is searching for a part-time Music Director to play for weekend Masses and take on other responsibilities associated with the position. For more information contact the pastor, Rev. Joseph Broudou, O.S.A., at 708-301-6246 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Date Listed: 5-19-17
Director of Music Ministry
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
502 S. Park Blvd. Streamwood, IL 60107
Description: We are seeking a faith filled, experienced, and highly skilled pastoral musician who can fill an immediate opening for the Director of Music position. This is a benefits eligible position.
- A practicing Catholic in good standing.
- Strong knowledge of Roman Catholic Liturgy.
- Highly skilled in organ, piano and conducting.
- Has a thorough understanding of the musical, liturgical, and pastoral judgements which must be made in selecting music for liturgies.
- Experienced ability to balance the use of Traditional and Contemporary music styles.
- Demonstrated ability to work with youth and adults with various trained and untrained musical abilities; vocal and instrumental.
- Excellent Communication and Organizational Skills.
- Responsible for the coordinating, planning, and execution of music for all liturgical celebrations of the parish.
- Serve as the primary musician for liturgies including weddings, funerals, and other liturgical events.
- Lead/Direct/Oversee all parish choirs as well as Cantors and Instrumentalists. (Adult, Children, Contemporary, Teen, Day School, and Resurrection Choirs.
- Direct/Coordinate/Oversee other music groups. (Polish, Filipino).
- Maintain the Parish Music Library
Contact: Interested candidates are invited to send their cover letter and resume to Deacon Larry Rybicki at the address above or email to email@example.com
Date Listed: 5-18-17
Director of Music/Liturgy – Part Time/Full Time
St. Viator Parish
4170 West Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60641
St. Viator Parish is seeking a versatile director to lead the music ministry of this bi-lingual faith community. The parish is located on the north side of Chicago, encompassing both the Avondale and Old Irving Park neighborhoods, and is made up of over 1000 households with liturgies in English and Spanish.
The Director of Music/Liturgy works directly with the pastor and associate pastor and is part of the leadership team of the parish. The music ministry position is part time; professional credentials in liturgy could make the position full time.
An energetic and collaborative spirit, a strong background in Roman Catholic liturgy, and professional music skills and credentials are critical assets for success in this position.
A person of faith and prayer who understands the importance of Eucharist and communal worship in the life of the Catholic community and is familiar with Catholic traditions and teachings regarding liturgical music and worship.
Professional education in music, with skills in piano, organ, choral direction and vocal performance. An academic degree in music and/or liturgy is preferred.
The ability to work with volunteers and persons of culturally diverse traditions, to communicate effectively with all age levels within the parish community and to organize musical and liturgical programs sensitive to parishioners’ spiritual needs.
Bi-lingual skills in English and Spanish.
Selection and direction of music for all liturgical celebrations of the parish, including four weekend liturgies, school liturgies, sacramental celebrations, weddings, funerals, and other liturgical events.
Direction and supervision of parish choirs, cantors, and musicians: adult choir, youth choir and ensemble, Spanish choir and ensemble.
Work with the pastor, associate pastor, and other liturgical ministers in planning the celebrations and seasons of the liturgical year.
Collaborate with other members of the parish staff in planning and decision making relative to the life of the parish community.
Send resume to: Rev. Patrick Render, csv firstname.lastname@example.org
Date Listed: 5-04-17
Elementary Music Education Specialist/ Music Associate -
Queen of Angels Catholic Parish
2330 W. Sunnyside
Chicago, IL 60625
Queen of Angels Parish, located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, is currently accepting applications for an elementary music education specialist to oversee the music education in the parish school of 450 students and work with the Director of Music to sustain and expand the parish music ministry. The school music education program is Kodaly based with an emphasis on choral singing and developing strong musical skills. Also included in the curriculum is ukulele instruction and handbells in the upper grades. The parish music program consists of two children’s choirs, an English language adult choir, and a Spanish language adult choir. There are five weekend Masses, four in English and one in Spanish. All weekend Masses feature cantor and organ/piano. Choirs sing regularly during the choir season (September through May). The children’s choirs are primarily drawn from the parish school and CCD program of 200 students. The English adult choir includes paid section leaders as well as volunteers from the parish.
The parish church houses a 3 manual Moller organ of 25 ranks located in the rear gallery and a 7’ Yamaha grand piano in the front. The organ was renovated and enhanced in 2005. The parish has a 4 octave set of Schulmerich handbells, 45 ukuleles, a large collection of Orff instruments, and will install a Yamaha piano lab in the summer of 2017.
The ideal candidate will be passionate about providing high quality music education to elementary students, possess a strong understanding of liturgical music, be committed to excellence in musical performance, have an elementary music certification, and be willing to work closely with the Director of Music and other musicians at the parish to enhance Queen of Angel’s reputation as a parish of musical excellence.
Applicants are invited to email a letter of interest, a resume, and any other supporting material to Kent Jager, Director of Music, at email@example.com and complete the Applitrack application with the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Date Listed: 4-27-17
Music Director - part time
St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church
Old Mill Creek, Illinois
St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in Old Mill Creek, Illinois seeks a part-time Director of Music. Our growing parish includes 800 families who celebrate the liturgy in our beautiful new church. Masses on the weekend include Saturday at 4:00pm, and Sunday morning at 7:00am, 9:00am and 11:00am.
A Music Director is responsible for selecting music for liturgies, forming and rehearsing a choir, rehearsing with cantors and serves as the parish organist.
Salary is commensurate with experience. The position is open immediately.
Please submit a resume and cover letter to the Pastor, Rev. Michael McGovern. The parish address is:
40000 N. US Hwy 45, Old Mill Creek, IL, 60046. Or you may use email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date Listed: 4-24-17
Director of Sacred Music– Full Time
1600 W. Park Ave.
Prestigious National Shrine is seeking an energetic and talented professional for its Director of Sacred Music. The Shrine is in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and is owned and staffed by the Conventual Franciscan Friars. Position is full-time, salaried with benefits.
Applicants must have excellent communication/organizational skills, strong knowledge of Roman Catholic liturgy, and informed understanding of sacred music. Must be proficient playing the Aeolian-Skinner 31 rank pipe organ, and experience planning liturgies. The Breaking Bread, 2017 music resource is used. Minimum 5-7 years of experience working with Church liturgies, choirs and and as an accompanist. Music degree preferred; proficiency with keyboard, piano, and organ required. The ideal candidate should possess confident leadership skills and a spirit of collaboration.
Position responsible for working with the Shrine Rector in planning music for weekday and weekend Mass schedule; daily Mass and two Sunday Masses [9am & 11am]. Wednesday evenings, first Friday of the month, holy days, special prayer services, shrine events, and concert series are expected. Position also responsible for developing and directing adult choir, utilizing existing volunteer singers, and developing and scheduling cantors. Additional tasks agreed upon.
Two days off per week to be designated. Individual must possess strong desire to work with Rector and assist in making Mass faithful, prayerful, and beautiful. Minimum education BA/BM in Music. Masters in Organ/Church Music preferred. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send resume to the above email. Position available on July 1, 2017.
Date Listed: 3-24-17
Musician-Liturgist: full time
Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
1150 W Centre Ave
Portage, Michigan (Diocese of Kalamazoo)
Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, a large parish located in Portage, Michigan, has a full time Musician-Liturgist job opening. Primary responsibilities include serving as the primary musician for weekend liturgies, as well as weddings and funerals and other liturgical event; conducting rehearsals for various musical and choir groups; serving as the primary liturgy planner working in collaboration with clergy; and coordinating additional music groups for liturgies. Qualified candidates will possess Bachelor's degree or higher in music or related field of study & have a degree or evidence of training on Catholic liturgy. Experience in parish music ministry which includes leading congregational singing, choral conducting, assisting voices, and proficiency on piano and organ. Must have ability to work with youth and adults who may be trained and untrained musicians. Organizational skills and proficiency in MS Office, particularly Access, Power Point, and Publisher. Abilities to ability to develop instrumental and vocal parts, to operate sound and visual media are a plus, and to use Sibelius engraving software are all plusses.
This position offers a competitive wage and benefits, including health insurance and pension. A full job description and application form is on the Parish Website: http://stcatherinesiena.org/wp-content/uploads/Job-Description-Musician-Liturgist-FINAL.pdf
Resumes and applications should be submitted to the Human Resources Director at 1150 West Centre Avenue, Portage, MI 49024-5318 or via email at
Date Listed: 3-22-17
The following positions are available at
St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church
Alto Section Leader
Bass Section Leader
Tenor Section Leader
St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Hinsdale, Illinois is looking for Section Leaders 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 7:30-9:00 p.m. Sunday morning call is 10:00 a.m. with Mass at 10:30. Stipend is $50.00 per call. Must be available for Midnight Mass, Christmas Day, Holy Week and Easter Sunday. There is the opportunity to cantor at other Masses. $50.00 per Mass. For more information email Nick Thomas, Music Director at email@example.com or call 630-655-6669.
Date Listed: 3-10-17
Director of Music MInistry - part time
Organist / Pianist / Choir Director
Westchester Community Church, United Church of Christ
WCC, a west suburban, progressive, mainline congregation of 435 members, is seeking a part time musician who will work with the pastor in planning the music ministry of the church using a wide variety of musical styles. The applicant should have excellent skills as an organist while at the same time be able to play piano/keyboard and direct our chancel and youth choir and help to develop a praise music program. This person will be the musician for all Sunday worship and holiday services. And, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date Listed: 3.7.17
Choir Director/Assistant Organist – part time
Immanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA)
616 Lake St
Immanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Evanston, IL, seeks a pastoral musician to direct adult volunteer SATB choir accustomed to singing both a cappella and accompanied. Minimum three years experience in professional choral leadership, master's degree preferred.
The Choir Director/Assistant Organist (hereafter CD/AO) is responsible for the planning and directing of choral, instrumental, and vocal music for worship, including mid-week Advent and Lenten services; contracting instrumental performers for special events; and serving as organist for Sunday worship approximately once a month (scheduling negotiable). Our organ is a 1981 August Laukhuff mechanical action pipe organ installed and voiced by Kurt Roderer. Zimbelstern added 2013. Organ specs available at
Adult choir rehearses Wednesday evenings and sings for the Sunday service, as well as at special services during the course of the church year. The CD/AO’s musical selections should reflect a sound knowledge of Lutheran musical traditions as well as a range of musical styles. He/She should value and seek out opportunities for the entire congregation to sing unaccompanied.
CD/AO reports to the Pastor; meets approx. 6-8 times per year with Worship and Music Committee; assists in preparing yearly budgets and annual reports; and oversees maintenance in good condition of all equipment used for music.
This is a salaried, part-time position; starting salary $15,000 - $17,000 depending on experience. Start date negotiable but not later than August 15, 2017.
Immanuel Lutheran is a Reconciling in Christ congregation. Please visit our website, immanuelevanston.org, for more about us.
Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to CDAOsearch@immanuelevanston.org or send materials by U.S. mail to CHOIR DIRECTOR / ASSISTANT ORGANIST SEARCH, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 616 Lake St., Evanston, IL 60201. The search committee will continue to review applications until the position is filled. Candidates may be invited to audition at a time mutually convenient.
Date Listed: 3-2-17
Organist - part time
Grace Lutheran Church
Mount Prospect, IL
Grace Lutheran Church in Mount Prospect, IL, is seeking an Organist. Grace is a very active congregation and values the importance of music as an integral part of its ministry. The ideal candidate will have excellent organ skills as well as proficiency in playing piano and possibly other instruments. Candidate should preferably have a strong background in traditional liturgical music, while also being able to incorporate newer styles into our services
Responsibilities include the following:
- 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
Information about Grace can be found at www.checkgrace.org
Date Listed: 1-26-17
Parish Musician - part time
St. Rene Goupil
64th Street and New England Ave
St. Rene Goupil Parish, located on the Southwest side of Chicago near Midway Airport, is seeking a part-time parish musician who will work with the Pastor in planning various liturgies, selecting music, accompanying/cantoring at the Masses and working with the parish choir. The parish musician will be responsible for the weekend Masses, Saturday 4PM, Sunday 7:30AM- 9:30AM and 11:30AM, 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. For more information or to apply for the position, please contact Fr. Tom Bernas at email@example.com.
Date Listed: 11-17-16
ACCOMPANIST - PART TIME
St. John of the Cross Parish
5005 S. Wolf Road
Western Springs, IL 60558
This position reports to the Director of Music Ministries. St. John of the Cross is a vibrant parish serving 4,000 families with an excellent and well-established music program.
- 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-May)
accompany for special parish liturgies (e.g. Christmas Eve, 10:00 p.m.; Christmas Day, 10:45 a.m., Good Friday, 3:00 p.m.; Easter Vigil, 7:30 p.m.)
additional accompanying opportunities are available for interested candidates.
highly proficient piano and organ skills (both preferred) including sight-reading, improvisation, and knowledge of keyboard accompaniment styles
experience in Roman Catholic liturgy
Interested candidates may send a resume and cover letter to:
Jessica Koch, Director of Music Ministries
Date Listed: 10-17-16
Music Director for Life Teen Mass (part time)
St. Francis de Sales
Lake Zurich, Illinois
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 5:00pm Life Teen Mass each Sunday throughout the year. Homilies are often teen oriented. Teens of various ages participate as lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Eucharist, servers and ushers. We also have music oriented to the teens. We need one or more adult music leaders, or an adult-led band that can lead us in worship for the Mass. We'd also want teens to participate by playing or singing as well. We often use music suggested in the LifeTeen Liturgy Planning Guide. Compensation for the adult(s) will be negotiated. If interested, please contact Pam Lynch Plynch04@gmail.com 847-361-1172.
Date Listed: 8-31-16