PRIMARY FUNCTION OF THIS POSITION
The Director of Liturgical Music serves the parish as principal musician, organist, and choir director according to the highest professional standards established by this profession.
I. POSITION CONTENT
A. Director of Music at St. Lawrence and Immaculate Conception
1. Provides service by playing for the weekend and holy day parish liturgical celebrations including one Saturday Vigil Mass and two Sunday morning Masses.
2. Plans and provides music for Sunday Vespers at St. Lawrence during Advent and Lent.
3. Trains, directs, and schedules cantors.
4. Begins a choir or schola at Immaculate Conception Parish.
5. Coordinates and accompanies the St. Lawrence Choir.
6. Provides music for Parish weddings and funerals, working alongside cantors and the funeral choir. In 2022, there were 13 weddings and 22 funerals.
7. Develops and maintains a budget for liturgical music.
8. Provides for liturgical updating and education of the parishes.
9. Introduces new music and encourages congregational participation.
10. Communicates through parish bulletin, website, Flocknote, and social media.
B. Coordinator of Liturgical Life for the Petersburg Parishes
1. Schedules Liturgical Ministers for all four parishes using the Ministry Scheduler Pro software.
2. Along with Pastor and Parochial Vicar, ensures that minor ministers are properly trained and sufficiently catechized.
C. Member of the Pastoral Team
1. Actively participates in parish organizations including pastoral staff and liturgy preparation groups.
2. Cooperates with the liturgical music projects in the Family of Parishes.
3. Provides music for other parish-related events such as Youth Adoration and parish retreats.
4. Attends staff meetings and serves as a member of the Liturgical Team
D. Professional Development
1. Maintains and develops personal and professional skills.
2. Attends in-service training opportunities.
3. Sharpens skills through personal practice.
4. Other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.
II. POSITION SPECIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS
A. SKILLS, KNOWLEDGES AND ABILITIES
Must have a high degree of proficiency in the use of the organ as attested to by formal credentials and a personal performance audition.
Should have a working knowledge of other instruments which might be used in liturgical music.
Must have skill as an effective choral conductor as demonstrated by formal credentials and/or a choral audition (rehearsal)
Must have a knowledge and appreciation of the Church's liturgical tradition as well as current liturgical practice.
Must have the ability and desire to lead and sustain a program of quality congregational singing.
Must have a good knowledge of quality repertoire available for liturgical music programs for adult and children's choirs, organ, and congregation.
B. EDUCATION, TRAINING AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Ideally, the candidate has Bachelor's degree in Music and has training and experience in the Catholic Liturgy.
III. RESPONSIBILITY FOR QUANTIFIABLE MEASURES
Preparation and administration of annual liturgical music budget, including purchase of music, payment of additional musical personnel, copyright fees and permissions, and programs.
IV. WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Regular weekend and evening work hours required. Along with the regular parish liturgical schedule, the Director of Liturgical Music will be required to provide music for additional services during Holy Week, sacramental celebrations, weddings, and funerals. When the Liturgical schedule allows, the employee will be expected to be present in the parish office.
The Director of Liturgical Music must be Catholic. Employees of the Petersburg Region of Catholic Churches will have knowledge of the Catholic faith, a willingness to work for a Catholic, faith-based agency and adhere to the policies of Catholic Church. Employees will not publicly oppose the teachings of the Catholic faith nor publicly advocate for any position in conflict with Catholic teaching, or the specific positions of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This requirement includes any public speech, demonstration or writing including the use of social media or other digital technologies.
Send all applications and inquiries to:
Fr. Michael Willig
309 Perry Street
Wapakoneta, OH 45895