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Director of Music

Organization: Sacred Heart Parish (Valley Park)
Full Time

Position Summary

Responsible for planning and directing a comprehensive parish music program which typically includes several choirs/musician groups, supervision and training of a number of musicians and cantors performing at various liturgies and a number of specially designed musical performances during the liturgical year. Provides music ministry leadership through active membership on parish liturgy committee. Typically supervises other paid and volunteer musicians.


Duties & Responsibilities

•With guidance of Director of Liturgy, participates in the planning and preparation of liturgical celebrations, (Sunday Eucharist, funerals, weddings, etc.)

•Selects music for all liturgies and prepares the musical accompaniment and visual aids.

•Schedules musical groups and cantors for community liturgies.

•Obtains, prepares and maintains the slides and music for liturgies.

•Accompanies funeral liturgies.

•Organizes the parish music groups & musicians and schedules rehearsals in order to provide direction and training.

•Holds weekly rehearsals for and directs various choirs for parish


Knowledge & Experience Requirements

•The qualifying degrees or credentials for professional status of Music Director may be met in a variety of ways, including: Doctoral Level: Doctoral Degree in music performance or music education, or Fellows/Certificate (FAGO) in the American Guild of Organists, or Master’s Level: A Master’s Degree in music performance or music education, preferred, or Associate’s/Certificate (AAGO) in the American Guild of Organists, or Bachelor’s Level: A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music degree in music performance or music education, or Colleague’s Certificate (CAGO) and the Choir Master’s Certificate (CMAGO) in the American guild of Organists.

•Three to five years of successful experience in a parish setting.

•High proficiency in the use of the organ as well as working knowledge of other instruments.

•Must have skill as an effective choral conductor as demonstrated by formal credentials and/or a choral audition (rehearsal).

•Must have a knowledge of and appreciation for the Church’s liturgical tradition as well as current liturgical practice.

•Must have knowledge of a quality repertoire for liturgical music programs for adult and children’s choirs, organ and congregation.


Skills & Attitudes Required for Success in Job

•Maintains and develops personal and professional skills.

•Attends in-service training opportunities

•Sharpens skills through personal practice

•Strong knowledge and appreciation of Roman Catholic Liturgy

•Ability to read and sing music in the capacity of a cantor.

•Ability to recruit musicians and assist in developing their musical talents.

•Ability to choose music which will engage the congregation rather than entertain them.

•Ability to understand the proper use of sound equipment.

•Ability to work under the director of a pastor.


Relationships Requirements

•Collaborate with Liturgy Committee, Pastor and Musicians

•Weekend and evening hours on a regular basis required.

•Provide music for additional services during Holy Week, Christmas, sacramental celebrations, weddings and funerals.


Resources for Which Accountable

•Typically prepares annual budget for area of responsibility and administers the expenditures of approved items.


Contact Details

For consideration, please send resume to [email protected]