Contact Wendy Silhavy, Senior Coordinator for Liturgy and Music, at 312.534.8011 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The following positions are available at
St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church
St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Hinsdale, Illinois in the Diocese of Joliet is looking for a part-time musician for the following position as assistant organist. One person can be responsible for all 3 positions or the job can be divided.
- Assistant Organist to play for the 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. Sunday Masses each week. In addition, the 6 p.m. Sunday Evening Mass twice per month is expected. The candidate who can sing as well, is preferred. Oregon Press is the worship aid in the pews. An Allen 3 manual organ and Yamaha grand is in the choir loft at the back of the church. The organ is the PRIMARY instrument used at Mass. Additional responsibilities would be Holy Days, St. Peregrine devotions the first Tuesday of the month, Stations of the Cross, Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass , Christmas Day, Masses for National holidays at 9:30 a.m. and any additional services.
- Organist for the parish school Mass on Friday mornings during the school year at 8:30 a.m. with a rehearsal with the school cantors beforehand at 7:45 a.m. in the parish music rehearsal space.
- Organist, pianist, accompanist for the 25 voice Parish Choir at the 10:30 a.m. Mass- September through June with a 10:00 a.m. rehearsal call. There is a Wednesday night rehearsal from 7:15 till 9:15 p.m. in the parish music rehearsal space, which has a grand piano as well. Excellent sight reading skills are expected. The choir sings all types of sacred music from classical to contemporary.
Each position is paid on a stipend basis per service for each of the positions.
Individuals must attend a Protecting God’s Children Workshop and background check.
For additional information or to apply, please email Nick Thomas, Music Director at email@example.com or call the parish music office at 630.655.6669.
Date Listed: 7-19-17
**Note: the following two positions (St. Ignatius and St. Joseph College Seminary) have been held by one person over the past several years. Applicants may apply for either position individually: if applying for both, let Kathy Morris and Fr. Peter Snieg know of your interest in combining the positions.
Director of Music – full time
St. Ignatius Parish
6559 N. Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
St. Ignatius parish is seeking a full-time director of music for a bi-lingual (English-Spanish) faith community. The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in music or its equivalent, a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic liturgical practice, and musical leadership skills in keyboard (piano and organ), voice, and conducting. Ability to lead music for both English and Spanish liturgies is essential. Salary and benefits follow the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Full job description on the parish website: http://www.stignatiuschurch.org/assets/pages/MusicJobDescription.html
Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to the attention of Kathy Morris: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date Listed: 7-17-17
Director of Music – part time
St. Joseph College Seminary
1120 West Loyola Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
St. Joseph College Seminary is seeking a part-time director of music for the minor seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Duties include playing for liturgies as well as directing the seminary choir. Additional duties include teaching piano and voice and supervising all seminarian musicians. The ideal candidate will be a practicing Catholic, have a thorough knowledge of Roman Catholic liturgy and worship, proficiency in organ, piano, voice, and chant; knowledge of hymnody, contemporary hymnody, and familiarity with multicultural liturgical music. Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to the attention of the Very Rev. Peter Snieg: email@example.com.
Date Listed: 7-17-17
Organist/Music Director – full time
St. John Vianney
46 N. Wolf Rd.
Northlake, IL 60164
St. John Vianney in Northlake seeks a Full-time (although it could be part time) Organist/Music Director. The director has responsibility for selecting and playing traditional liturgical music for English parish Masses. All music is with the organ. The central goal is to provide quality organ music with at least a quality cantor (ideally the same person). It would be a bonus to build up a small adult choir and create a youth schola. Our parish has a 1908 restored Wangerin-Weickhardt Pipe Organ.
Must be proficient on the pipe organ with experience. The cantor must have a good voice, ideally it is the organist him/her self. Most of the music is traditional hymnody, some chanting of Mass propers. Music provided for 4 weekend Masses, weekly children’s Mass, 1st Friday, 1st Saturday, Holy Days, funerals, weddings. Should be open to playing the organ for occasional Tridentine Latin Masses. Should be able to provide music in Spanish for occasional weddings and quinceaneras, and work with the Spanish volunteer choirs to provide two annual bi-lingual Masses. It is a plus if the organist knows the art of using instrumental music to create a sacred atmosphere.
Date Listed: 7-17-17
Music Minister – full time
312 Lincoln Ave
Woodstock, IL 60098
Founded in 1853, Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church in Woodstock, Illinois; a 2,400-family bi-lingual (Spanish and English) parish with an award-winning 300-student parish school seeks a full-time music ministry professional with a special passion for Children's music to develop a comprehensive parish music program seamlessly integrated with the parish school music program.
Please see the entire job description at: http://www.catholicjobs.com/job/7211128880
Send applications or inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date Listed: 7-17-17
Director of Liturgy & Music Ministry – full time
316 W. Mill Street
Wauconda, IL 60084
The Director of Liturgy & Music Ministry is a professional who holds specialized credentials in music and who has a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy. This person of faith is responsible to:
-provide leadership in the effective planning, coordination, execution and celebrations of all Parish Liturgies.
-the 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.
As Liturgy Director must have an in-depth understanding of the theology and history of sacramental and liturgical practices. As Music Director must be knowledgeable and comfortable with church music literature in all forms and styles. Is proficient in liturgical principles. Is proficient in piano/choral performance. Bi-lingual skills in English and Spanish.
Fr. Juan Pablo Avila, Pastor
(847) 526-2961 fax
Date Listed: 7-17-17
Music Director - part time
St. Helen Catholic Church
2315 W Augusta Blvd
St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood (2315 W Augusta Blvd) is seeking a strong Catholic individual to serve as parish music director. The music director will be responsible for three English masses (9am, 12:30pm, and 6pm) and one Polish mass (10:30am) every Sunday, weddings and funerals, and evening weekday feasts when needed. There is no Saturday vigil mass. The individual must play organ and piano as well as cantor for each English mass. The individual must also play the organ for 10:30am Polish mass, but there is a paid cantor who sings and plans for this mass. The church has a 1964 Moller pipe organ and new digital keyboard plus sound system in the choir loft, and a movable upright piano in the sanctuary, not to mention fabulous acoustics. There are no choir or rehearsal obligations at this time. The position is available starting August 27, with potential substitution dates prior. Please contact current music director Alex Fries to schedule an interview time or to ask any questions. email@example.com
Date Listed: 7-7-17
Accompanist – 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.
- Substitute accompanist at additional liturgies, when needed (ie, weekend liturgies, funerals, weddings)
- 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 preservice 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, at (630) 353 – 4529, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Date Listed: 6-30-17
Accompanist - part time
Holy Spirit Catholic Community
2003 Hassert Blvd.
Naperville, Illinois 60564
Holy Spirit Catholic Catholic Community is seeking an accompanist for the 8:00a.m. Sunday mass. The qualified candidate will possess strong piano skills (proficiency in organ is desired) and excellent sight-reading and improvisational abilities. Although not a requirement, the ideal candidate would substitute at additional liturgies (weekend liturgies, funerals, weddings) and would accompany the choir for Christmas, Triduum, and other special liturgies.
Send resume to Rachelle Kramer, Director of Music: email@example.com
Date Listed: 6-27-17
Immaculate Conception Church
8756 S. Commercial Ave, Chicago
Immaculate Conception Church seeks the following person:
•play organ for three Sunday Masses, two in Spanish and one in English
•play organ and occasionally sing for weddings, funerals, quinceañeras
•direct and accompany choir for the Mass in English
•direct and accompany choir for one of the Masses in Spanish
•teach General Music in the parish school, K-8 one day per week
•direct and accompany the school choir
•play for weekly school Mass
Applicants should know how to play and care for a pipe organ. Ability to speak basic Spanish a necessity, because the parish is 95% Hispanic.
Date Listed: 6-26-17
TENOR and BASS 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 TENOR and BASS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Date Listed: 6-13-17
Organist/Choir Director – part time
Community Presbyterian Church
407 North Main Street
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Community Presbyterian Church in Mt. Prospect is seeking a part time organist/ choir director. Position responsibilities include one evening rehearsal, and one Sunday service. Hours average 6 per week. Starting date September 1st.
Date Listed: 6-5-17
Sunday Mass Music Liturgy Director – part time
ALL SAINTS – ST. ANTHONY PARISH
518 W. 28TH PLACE CHICAGO, IL. 60616
Office: 312-842-2744 FAX: 312-842-2791
All Saints-St. Anthony Parish is seeking a director of liturgical music for our Sunday Morning English Mass. The parish is located in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood and has recently introduced a new weekend mass schedule to better serve the needs and new realities of our historic parish.
This exciting opportunity is best suited for an enthusiastic and creative musician with a strong background in various forms of Catholic liturgical music and the ability to inspire the parish to discover their musical talent. This new position requires a person of faith, prayer, and love of the Catholic Church who is able to engage the community in songful praise and worship.
Selection and direction of music/song for our 9:00am Sunday Mass. Develop a choir* which will lead the congregation in song twice a month. Once choir is formed the director will be responsible for scheduled rehearsal and practice sessions.
Work with pastor, liturgical ministers and pastoral staff to responsibly prepare for the liturgical seasons.
Position begins July 2017
*The parish hasn’t had a choir for several years. We are looking for innovative and creative models for our choir. Director should be flexible with both traditional and non-traditional models of choir
Remuneration: Stipend per liturgy and rehearsal. Negotiable within Archdiocesan guidelines.
Please send résumé to email@example.com
Date Listed: 6-5-17
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
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
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
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