POSITION OVERVIEW: The Director of Music and Organist/Piano (and singing skills) is responsible for overseeing sung liturgies in the Parish, nurturing the community in prayer through music. This includes oversight on all duties/functions relevant to the parish music program; consults with the Pastor and collaborates with the Parish Pastoral Staff as necessary in carrying out these duties for the smooth functioning of relevant parish activities.
15 hours a week
The specific duties of this part-time position include but are not limited to:
I. PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES
A. Implements all aspects of the music for Masses, developing cantors, paid and/or volunteer
B. Plays organ/piano for three weekend Masses.
C. Plays organ/piano for Funerals and Weddings.
D. Scheduling/coordinating choirs, cantors and other instrumentalists on parish liturgical services and other special occasions
E. Consults and collaborates with the Pastor to work on planning details of liturgical celebrations, special feasts and other occasions in the parish.
D. Direct/play for the following additional services during the year - such as:
• Immaculate Conception
• Christmas Eve
• Christmas Day
• Ash Wednesday
• Lent Penitential Service
• Holy Thursday
• Good Friday
• Holy Saturday
• Easter Sunday Morning
• Ascension Thursday
• The Feast of the Assumption
• All Saints Day
F. Trains cantors and coordinates the cantor program providing mentoring, guidance, liturgical, and musical instruction
II. Organizational and Administrative duties:
1. Helps develop an annual budget for the parish music program
2. Procures and organizes sufficient music copies as needed .
3. Purchases, upon approval, catalogues, repairs and manages all printed music materials, music library holdings for congregation as needed
4. Insures that the organ and other musical equipment is kept in good operating condition
III. Works cooperatively and collaboratively with Parish Pastoral Staff, and maintains Christian attitude/behavior in dealings with all clergy, parish members and the community in general, as a representative of the Catholic parish community.
IV. As Church Organist and a representative of the parish, maintains timely contact with couples preparing for their Wedding to assist in the proper selection of music and to answer related questions.
V. Assumes responsibility for directing music and playing the organ for all funerals, feast days, Holydays, and insures substitute organist coverage for any of these should he/she be unable to be present for any reason.
• Excellent organ/piano skills; can lead music when cantor is not present.
• Ability to improvise in the context of the liturgy, even if simply
• Interpersonal skills with volunteer and professional musicians, and with parishioners
• Familiarity with Roman Catholic liturgy and the Liturgy Documents in particular: Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship and The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium)
• Organizational skills and knowledge of general computer programs. (Familiarity with music notation software, e.g. Finale or Sibelius notation software is very helpful.)
• A Bachelor's degree in music and a minimum of five years experience are strongly preferred.
Note: The purpose of this document is to describe the general nature and level of work. It is not intended to serve as an inclusive list of all responsibilities associated with this position.
Send Resume and three (3) letters of recommendation as well as any website or Youtube link that has a video of you playing to: [email protected] or
Fr. Joseph Gates - 12001 69th Street East, Parrish, Florida - 34219