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
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
Director of Music and Liturgy - full time
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is located in Porter County Indiana, progressive, congregation of 1200 families, is seeking a full time Director of Music and Liturgy. The ideal candidate will have excellent keyboard skills in piano and organ and direct our choirs, cantors and help to develop a praise music program. This person will be the musician for all Sunday worship and holiday services. And the individual will also be available for weddings and funerals or be able to find replacement. The applicant will have outstanding communication skills in working with the pastor, staff and members.
Date Listed: 1-31-17
Director of Music and Liturgy – full time
Parish: St. Eugene Congregation
Location: Fox Point, WI (Archdiocese of Milwaukee)
Experience: 3-5 years minimum
Education: Bachelor’s Degree required
St. Eugene is a vibrant, community-oriented parish seeking an energetic, faith-filled pastoral musician to lead all liturgical and musical efforts for the parish.
The Director of Music & Liturgy reports directly to the pastor and works closely with the rest of the Pastoral Staff and his/her counterpart at St. Monica Parish in Whitefish Bay.
The Director is responsible for:
•Leading the three standing parish choirs (Adult, 3-octave Handbell, and Children), Cantors, and Instrumentalists.
•Supervising volunteer coordinators for all liturgical ministries (including Art & Environment)
•Serving as principle musician for all parish liturgies, including planning and preparation of all music for said liturgies.
•Working with School for school masses and student cantors.
•Helping lead the Worship Committee
•Creating weekly/seasonal worship aids and ensuring copyright laws and reporting are followed
•Arranging music for ensembles as needed
•Creating weekly Prayers of the Faithful and any other Liturgical blessings or celebrations
•Ongoing formation of all music and liturgical ministers on a regular basis
•A practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church
•High level of skill playing both organ and piano, as well as singing/vocal training and conducting
•Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, MS Publisher, Sibelius or Finale music editing software
•Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in music or Pastoral Music
•3-5 years experience in parish work
•Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills with a variety of age levels
Directions to Apply:
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and at least two contrasting videos demonstrating musical skill to: Director of Music & Liturgy Search Committee - email@example.com.
About the Employer:
St. Eugene is a suburban Milwaukee parish on the North Shore with around 1100 families, clustered with a neighboring parish of similar size (sharing a pastor, associate pastor, and some staff).
Date Listed: 2-2-17
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
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
Music Director – full time
Holy Trinity Catholic Parish
25 E. Richmond St.
Westmont, IL 60559
The Music Director for Holy Trinity Parish is a person of faith who has
a thorough understanding of the Roman Catholic liturgy. Responsible
for the effective planning, coordination and execution of music within
all the liturgical celebrations of the parish, including five weekend
masses from 4:30 p.m. on Saturday through and including the 7:00
p.m. mass on Sunday.
Collaborates with the Pastor, under his supervision, and with other
members of the parish staff, integrating his or her own area of
responsibility with the overall parish mission. Selects and plans music
in cooperation with the Pastor, Principal and the liturgy
teams/committee for use in parish and school liturgies. Selects and
develops participation aids for the congregation, selects and maintains
musical instruments, coordinates services and schedules of parish
musicians, assures copyright permission, etc. Prepares and
manages the budget for the parish music program in collaboration
with the Pastor. Collaborates with other staff members (e.g., Principal,
DRE, Youth Minister, etc.) to coordinate and ensure appropriate music
for all parish sacramental celebrations, and provides them with
consultation and needed assistance.
- Five or more years of experience in music ministry.
- Demonstrates competency as a vocalist, keyboardist, including organ and piano, and choral conductor.
- Lead song when needed.
- Direct an adult choir and children's choir on a regular basis.
- The candidate must be knowledgeable of church music literature in all forms and styles for the congregation, choirs, (adult, teen, and children), vocalists, and instrumentalists.
- Proficient in liturgical principles. Has a thorough understanding of the musical, liturgical, and pastoral judgments which must be made in selecting music for liturgy.
- Available for funerals and weddings.
- Able to maintain office hours and attend staff meetings during the day.
- The Music Minister must have proficient computer skills and competency in at least one publications program.
- This ministry demands professional training in music and liturgy. Bachelor's Degree or equivalent is required, though a more professional qualification, such as the equivalent of a Master’s Degree in music and liturgy, is preferred.
- All candidates must pass a criminal background check and become VIRTUS certified.
Please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to
Date Listed: 1-6-17
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-655-6669.
Date Listed: 3-10-17
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
Organist/Cantor - Part Time
National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe
National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Libertyville, Illinois, is seeking an energetic and talented professional organist/cantor for its weekday noon Holy Mass. The Shrine is in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and is owned and staffed by the Conventual Franciscan Friars. Position is part-time. 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 have experience planning liturgies. The ideal candidate should possess confident leadership skill as a cantor. Position will share the work responsibilities with another organist, under the Shrine Administrator. Please send resume to Connie McDonough at email@example.com
. Position available immediately.
Director of Music Ministry – full time
St. Nicholas Parish
806 Ridge Avenue
St. Nicholas Parish, in Evanston, Illinois, is a diverse, dynamic, multi-ethnic community striving to be the Body of Christ in worship, in celebration, and in outreach. Active in issues of social justice, we treasure and nurture our liturgy as the source of and the nourishment for our actions in the world. We carry with us a long tradition of assembly singing and participation in the liturgy, and we embrace two principal language groups: English and Spanish.
We seek a Director of Music Ministry to journey with us to foster and support our liturgies, primarily by planning and providing music of diverse styles for weekend liturgies and sacramental celebrations; working with parish volunteers as cantors, choir members, and instrumental musicians; and collaborating with the parish staff and liturgy committee. Because we do not have an organ, we are looking for someone with strong piano skills in leading the singing assembly.
Requirements include a bachelor’s in music, liturgy, or related area; experience and formation in Catholic liturgy and music; experience in choral direction; strong piano skills; ability and willingness to work in both English and Spanish liturgies. Fluency in both English and Spanish is preferred.
For a complete job description and application information, visit www.nickchurch.org.
Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date Listed: 3-15-17
Director of Music Ministry - part time
Our Lady, Mother of the Church
8747 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL 60656
Our Lady, Mother of the Church Parish is seeking a professional who holds specialized credentials in music and who has a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy; a person of faith with the vision for the effective planning, coordination, and execution of music within the liturgical celebrations of the parish. The Director works closely with pastor, staff and volunteers.
Director Of Music Ministry should be a person of prayer, sensitive to the cultural experience of parishioners, understanding their spirituality and worship life; knowledgeable of and comfortable with 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; is proficient in organ, piano, and voice.
If you are interested, please contact Pastor, Father Andrew Bartosz at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date Listed: 11-17-16
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 email@example.com.
Date Listed: 3.7.17