In Search of: Director of Music

Position Description

General Summary:     

The Music Director serves the parish as the principal musician, organist, and choir director according to the highest professional standards and the teachings of the Catholic Church. The Music Director is to plan, coordinate, form, and lead the parish, its choirs and musicians through all aspects of music for liturgical and worship services of the parish.


  • Select quality music choices for all parish liturgies, rituals and related events that are appropriate to the event.
  • Direct weekly rehearsals of the various choirs, cantors and accompanists.
  • Recruit, train, schedule and maintain the memberships of the choirs and musical groups.
  • Play, sing, or ensure a qualified replacement for weekend, weekday, and Holy Day liturgies.
  • Play, sing, or ensure a qualified replacement for other liturgical services.
  • Play, sing, or ensure a qualified substitute to serve at funerals and weddings.
  • Research, order, and maintain the Parish Music Library.
  • Request maintenance/repair of parish organ, pianos, and other instruments.
  • Maintain parish music budget.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise a yearly concert series.
  • Maintain concert series budget.


  • Bachelor’s degree in music (or higher), with excellent organ/piano skills, vocal technique and coral conducting skills.
  • Knowledge of Catholic Liturgy, including liturgical documents and music resources
  • 5+ years of experience leading liturgical ministry in a Catholic parish is preferred.
  •  Practicing Catholic
  • Demonstrated ability of serving collaboratively with other members of parish staff.


  • Full time: includes weekends and evenings.
  • Commitment to ensuring overall development of the liturgical/musical life of the parish.
  • Commitment to seek continued professional education and spiritual formation.


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