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Holy Family Catholic Parish in Lawton, OK
Holy Family Catholic Parish in Lawton, OK, is actively seeking a Director of Music. Candidate must be a practicing Catholic. This position will report to the Pastor and will be responsible for the following: serving as the principal musician, organist/pianist, and choir director; planning, directing, rehearsing and performing music for Sunday Masses, occasional daily Masses, Holy Day Masses, Funerals, Weddings and other liturgical celebrations. Also, recruiting, supervising and providing musical coaching and vocal training for choir members, children’s choir, and scholas.
We host a Byzantine Catholic Community as well and Divine Liturgy is offered once a month with extra Services during Holy Week and other feast days (about 16 Services a year). The music director would be responsible for cantoring these Services and help in training other Cantors. Help would be provided in learning this music.
Salary negotiable based on education and experience. Benefits provided.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: The Director of Music must have a strong understanding of liturgical music, Tradition and Sacred Scripture, and must also be familiar with recent Church publications regarding Vatican II English chant liturgical music. Candidates should possess the following: a high degree of proficiency in the use of musical instruments, particularly the piano and organ, and should be vocally trained; organizational skills; ability to plan and prepare a budget; experience with ministry development; and pastoral understanding of ministry.
Minimum Qualifications: A solid understanding of Catholic Liturgy, with at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, some formal liturgical education and previous or current work experience in liturgical music.
Application Instructions: Send Introduction Letter and resume with references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Music Ministry
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Community in Albuquerque, NM
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Community is a multicultural, multilingual, multi-generational community of faith of 2,400 families, located on the West Mesa of Albuquerque, New Mexico. We take to heart the Second Vatican Council’s call to full, conscious and active participation in the liturgy by all the faithful.
The Director of Music Ministry is responsible for leading and empowering the music ministers of our community. In collaboration with the Pastoral Associate for Worship and Sacraments, you will work to promote the full, conscious and active participation of the liturgical assembly through sung worship. Key responsibilities include:
• Prepare and direct the overall bilingual music ministry for Sunday liturgies, Feast days, Sacramental and devotional celebrations
• Direct music planning for the liturgical seasons and provide resources for the preparation of appropriate music for sacramental celebrations
• Develop musical excellence and encourage ongoing formation for parish music ministers
• Track inventory and care of parish instruments (including 2 Rodgers Organs, 2 grand and 2 studio pianos), church sound system and music equipment
• Maintain hymnals and develop worship aids, music supplements, and oversee copyright licenses and reporting
To be Successful
As a Director of Music Ministry in our Catholic Community, you will need:
• A Bachelor Degree in music (or equivalent) and 5 years pastoral experience in parish music ministry leadership
• Competency in piano/organ, choral direction, music arranging, and leading the sung worship of the liturgical assembly
• A working knowledge of Roman Catholic liturgy documents and their pastoral application
• Communication (bilingual English/Spanish is beneficial), leadership, and organization skills
• The capacity to minister in a Vatican II pastoral environment with people of varying age, culture, background, and language
This full time position includes weekend, evening, and some holiday working hours. In return we offer a competitive salary, health and retirement benefits, flexible office hours, and opportunities for ongoing learning and career development.
Contact Barbara@holyrosaryabq.org to request a complete job description and application package.
Deadline for submission of applications is March 29, 2019.
Anticipated start date is July 1, 2019.
Director of Liturgical Music
St. Anne and St. Patrick Parish in Sturbridge, MA
A Vision of this Ministry
The Director of Liturgical Music 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 for the effective planning, coordination, and execution of music within the liturgical celebrations of the parish especially the Sunday liturgies and other major feasts and solemnities.
Major Responsibilities and Tasks
The Director of Liturgical Music:
1. Directs the parish music program, selects and plans music in cooperation with the Coordinator of Liturgy and the liturgy committee for use in parish liturgies.
2. Provides music, musicians and cantors for all Sunday and other major celebrations.
3. Invites, motivates, and trains all parish ministers of music (whether volunteer, stipend, or salaried).
4. Cooperates with the Coordinator of Liturgy in recruiting needed musicians and cantors, and attempts to involve newcomers and a broad spectrum of parishioners.
Effective functioning of this ministry requires, in particular, that the Director of Liturgical Music is a person of prayer, is sensitive to the cultural experience of parishioners, and understands their spirituality and worship life. He/She must be an active member, in good standing, of the Roman Catholic Church.
Competencies and Skills
1. Is knowledgeable of and comfortable with Church music literature in all forms and styles for the congregation, choirs (adult, teen, and children), vocalists, and instrumentalists.
2. Is proficient in liturgical principles.
3. Has a thorough understanding of the musical, liturgical, and pastoral judgments, which must be made in selecting music for liturgy.
4. Must be able to play the organ, and the piano.
5. Is proficient in directing a choir.
Formation, Training, and Criteria for Readiness
Minimally, a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent is required, even though a more professional qualification, such as the equivalent of a Master’s Degree in music and liturgy, is preferred.
• Part-time, 20 to 25 hours a week which includes planning and providing music for all the Sunday masses and other major celebrations (like Christmas, Easter Triduum among others), organizing and rehearsing a parish choir, and training possible cantors.
• Providing music for weddings and funerals will be an added benefit.
Director of Liturgical Music
In order to apply, please email letter of interest and resume to email@example.com.
Saint Martha Catholic Parish and School in Okemos, MI
SAINT MARTHA CATHOLIC PARISH AND SCHOOL at 1100 West Grand River Avenue in OKEMOS, MICHIGAN, a vibrant, growing parish with a school, seeks a full-time music minister. The parish is located in a diverse suburban community. Principal local employers include the State of Michigan, Michigan State University, General Motors, Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Sparrow Health System and others. The parish boundaries include residential, commercial, farming, and university lands, on which live persons at all levels of prosperity and poverty.
The music program at the parish is strong. The current music minister is relocating during the summer of 2019, following completion of graduate studies at Michigan State. The church is striking in its beauty, with many pieces of art that portray scenes from Sacred Scripture. A new, state-of-the-art sound system is being installed at this time (winter 2019). The church holds a Wicks pipe organ of approximately 42 ranks, a Story and Clark grand piano, and a digital piano. Each is well tuned and in excellent condition. Both the choir loft and the front of the church are wired to allow choir, schola, and instrumental musicians.
The school students attend Mass one morning a week. The weekend Mass schedule is 5 pm on Saturday, and 8 am, 10 am, and 5 pm on Sunday. The 5 pm Mass on Sunday leads into an evening of youth group activity. The repertoire of the choir and of the parish is broad, and the parish is accustomed to singing the Psalm refrain, a wide selection of hymns, and the responses to the dialogue portions of the Mass.
Saint Martha Parish and School shares the mission of Christ and of his whole Church – educating and forming persons of all ages to be missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. Liturgical music plays a central role parish life, and the people of the parish expect the music ministry to be of the highest quality.
The primary duties and responsibilities of the music minister include (a) leading congregational song at the parish’s weekly school Mass, its weekend liturgies, and the liturgies for holy days, funerals, and weddings, (b) educating and forming the parish through the choice of hymns, (c) helping to increase Mass attendance through excellence in the parish’s liturgical music, (d) recruiting and training excellent cantors for the parish liturgies, (e) leading an adult choir, as well as other choirs and musical groups in the parish, (f) recruiting and leading excellent musicians and singers for the parish liturgies, (g) taking responsibility for all music associated with worship, religious education, youth ministry, social ministry, and other parish outreach programs, (h) working collaboratively with the pastor, with the worship commission, and with parish and school staff to plan and execute the liturgies for weekend Masses, school Masses, holy days, special occasions, funerals, and weddings, (i) assuring that copyright permissions and licenses are in good order, (j) providing liturgical formation, music education, and practical preparations for cantors and leaders of song, choral, and instrumental groups, (k) selecting or preparing hymnals, worship aids, and other worship materials, (l) attending staff meetings and worship committee meetings, (m) formulating and managing the annual music ministry budget.
The desired candidate is a practicing Catholic, actively involved in parish life. The desired candidate holds a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in music and has experience in parish music ministry. Formal education in sacred music or liturgical music is preferred.
A candidate must provide a letter of application, a resume, at least three letters of recommendation, transcripts, and contact information for professional and personal references. This material must be e-mailed to Donald Morgan, Director of Operations at: firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:00 p.m. on FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019.
Diocese of Green Bay in Green Bay, WI