The Director of Music will lead and sustain a diverse, high-quality music program in our Roman Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. We seek to offer a range of vibrant and engaging music to feed missionary disciples, drawing from the Church's rich tradition of hymnody, as well as more contemporary compositions (i.e. from the past five to ten years). Encouraging congregational singing is of utmost importance and instrumentation/cantors must enhance and support the people's worship of God through song.
Through an ongoing and meaningful encounter with Jesus Christ as experienced in sacred music and the liturgy, our people will be compelled to go and minister to others (Matthew 28:19-20).
Duties & Responsibilities
• Plan, schedule, direct, coordinate and perform liturgically appropriate music for weekend parish liturgies, liturgical seasons, sacraments (weddings, baptisms, funerals) and special celebrations (holy days, parish feast day, concerts).
• Review, select, and order music-related materials: hymnals, worship aids, missalettes, etc.
• Secure proper copyrights for all worship participation aids.
• Oversee parish music library.
• Develop and execute a strategic plan for advertising, recruiting, and training younger parishioners to serve as cantors and potential choir members.
• Coordinate volunteer and paid musicians (cantors, instrumentalists, ensembles), including scheduling for Saturday/Sunday Masses, weddings, funerals, baptisms, holy days, and special celebrations.
• Schedule and direct rehearsals, incorporating best practices in music learning theory and appropriate repertoire according to the ability level of singers/instrumentalists.
• Collaborate with Pastor and Financial Administrator to create/maintain annual budget.
• Oversee tuning and maintenance of parish-owned instruments.
• Collaborate with Director of Communications on music-related updates via parish media platforms (e.g. weekly bulletin, Flocknote, social media).
• Serve as an active member of Pastoral Team (staff); attend weekly team meetings and quarterly retreat days.
• Participate as an active member of Pastor's liturgy team.
Our ideal candidate is a practicing Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church and a joyful, faith-filled disciple. He/she will also possess:
• A bachelor's degree in music performance, sacred music, or equivalent (master's degree preferred).
• Demonstrable knowledge of and appreciation for Roman Catholic theology of liturgy and music. Chosen texts should represent the truths of the Faith and be guided by the published rubrics of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
• Professional competence in both organ and piano, with strength in collaboration.
• Proficiency in the reading of music.
• Competent vocal skills with respect to accurate rhythm and pitch.
• Experience and enthusiasm for offering varied Catholic music traditions.
• Experience as music director for a Catholic parish or equivalent position (preferred).
• Excellent collaboration and communication skills, including a receptivity to feedback from parishioners.
The church building will function as the primary space for ministry and tasks. A small office area within the church is provided, as well as a communal workspace within the parish office/rectory. Please view the parish website - www.saintmonicachurch.org - which provides information about the church's electric Zimmer four-manual organ. In addition, a Steinway grand piano was installed within the past ten years. A relatively new sound system and soundboard support these instruments and vocal singing.
Some light lifting of hymnals, music books, etc.
Regular part-time exempt with benefits (20 hours per week with additional hours anticipated around Christmas and Easter)
Ability to work weekends and some nights required
All clearances and background checks required
Submit resume and salary requirements to [email protected]