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Director of Music and Liturgy

Organization: Christ Prince of Peace Parish (Manchester)
Full Time

Job Title: Director of Music and Liturgy

Agency/School/Parish: Christ, Prince of Peace

Position Reports to: Pastor

Christ, Prince of Peace Church & School has an immediate opening for a Director of Music and Liturgy. The Director of Music is a key member of the parish Pastoral Team and reports directly to the Pastor. This is a full-time position, but can be adjusted if part-time is desired.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Leading and/or accompanying the assembly for the musical component of weekend liturgies and other services. This includes all solemnities and holy days of obligation, plus other events as needed.
  • Planning music and leading Weekly All-School Mass for our day school and occasional Masses for PSR(Evening School)
  • Leading weekly Liturgical Music practice with day school students
  • Schedules all liturgical musicians, cantors, and choir(s).
  • Leads weekly rehearsals of parish choir(s) and extra rehearsals of choir(s)/cantors
  • Present 30 minutes before service for rehearsal with cantor (45-60 at choral masses)
  • Maintenance of parish instruments
  • Available for funerals (Monday-Saturday)
  • Available for weddings (including consultation) for additional stipend.
  • Serves as staff member designated to assist parish Liturgy Committee.
  • Continuously updates professional and liturgical education through reading, workshops, conferences, private study, personal practice, etc.

Knowledge & Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in organ or church music (relevant experience may be in considered in place of degree requirements)
  • Skills in organ improvisation
  • Thorough knowledge of Roman Catholic liturgy and music resources
  • Ability to accompany singers & instrumentalists in solo and ensemble performance
  • Moderate vocal experience, including ability to sing with accurate pitch and rhythm
  • Personal skills and willingness to work with people

Resources Provided:

  • Wicks Opus 5321 Pipe Organ (Specifications available at
  • Baldwin SF10 Grand Piano (tuned 2x/year minimum; full regulation performed summer 2018)
  • OCP Breaking Bread Subscription (including Keyboard and Guitar Accompaniment Books)
  • Separate rehearsal space with Boston upright piano (tuned 2x/year)

To apply: Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to Fr. Chris Dunlap by emailing [email protected] or by mail (415 Weidman Rd. Manchester, MO 63011)