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Last updated: October 6, 2017

Westchester County

Music Director.  Full-time. Church of the Transfiguration, 268 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY. Tel. (914) 631-1672. Website: https://transfiguration-tarrytown.org/  We seek a full-time music director to develop the parish liturgical music program. The ideal candidate must have the desire to promote the Catholic faith through music and worship, having a solid knowledge of Catholic liturgy, and a broad repertoire. They must have an appreciation for Latin chant, traditional and contemporary hymns, and praise and worship music, and have the ability to at least play the piano and lead congregational singing. Ability to play the pedal organ a plus. Regarding personal qualities, they must demonstrate creativity, leadership, a willingness to learn, the capacity for working with others, and the desire to build up the music ministry to include youth, and to promote the Church’s mission of evangelization. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing instrumental accompaniment to the cantor and congregation on Sundays and holy days of obligation, and other liturgical functions; directing and growing the parish choir; developing the parish musical repertoire; development of a youth musical group, and participation in the liturgy committee and other parish meetings as relevant. Weddings and funerals offer extra sources of income. Salary package negotiable, based on qualifications and experience.  For further inquiries or to submit resumes, please contact Fr. Emiel Abalahin, O. Carm. At fr.emiel.a@gmail.com.

 

Orange County

Music Director.  Full-time. Parish of St. Thomas – St. Joseph in Cornwall on the Hudson.  The Director of Music Ministry is a professional who holds credentials in music and is a person of faith who has a thorough understanding of the Roman Catholic liturgy. This person is responsible for effective planning, coordinating, and execution of music within the liturgical celebrations of Saint Thomas-St. Joseph Parish. She/He will need to have a vision of how the parish can develop its music ministries and worship so as to enhance the Sunday worship experience of the entire parish family. This is a full time parish staff position in a 1400 household, intergenerational, growing NYC suburban parish. It includes flexible working hours which will involve evenings, weekends, and special liturgies as necessary.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Selects or supervises the selection of sacred music for parish liturgies
  • Plans and conducts rehearsals for the adult choir
  • Is responsible for the development and training of cantors for all liturgies where he/she will not lead the singing
  • Helps engaged couples to plan music for wedding masses and grieving family members for funeral masses
  • Coordinates and publishes worship aids for First Sacraments, Confirmation, and other liturgies as needed; ensures that all copyright regulations are properly adhered to regarding music reprinting
  • Maintains parish musical instruments and related equipment and sees to their timely tuning and proper care/service
  • Maintains a good working relationship with the parish clergy, parish staff, local church musicians and other community resources including West Point and local high school
  • Maintains a current roster and other records of all individuals involved with sacred music; this includes ensuring up-to-date Child Protection clearances for all members
  • Draws people to joyful and responsible participation in the music ministry; recruits and provides training sessions and supervision for all volunteer musicians and vocalists.
  • Is relational with the parishioners as a servant pastoral minister
  • Schedules various musicians, choirs, ensembles and cantors for Sunday, holy days, Christmas, Easter Triduum, and other Masses
  • Organizes and conducts an annual parish Christmas concert in conjunction with the Pastor or his delegate
  • Organizes and/or plays/sings/conducts as needed: Lenten Devotions, Christmas Masses, Easter Triduum, Forty Hours, Corpus Christi
  • Sets up chairs, music stands, microphones and other equipment as needed
  • Other tasks as determined by the Pastor

EDUCATIONAL / CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in music or related field, preferably in sacred music
  • Accomplished organist, cantor, pianist and/or choral conductor
  • Deep knowledge of liturgical music repertoires from various publishers
  • Completion of Virtus and all Safe Environment Programs and up-to-date clearances as required by the State and the Archdiocese of New York
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Certification of a Director of Music Ministries as set forth by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians is preferred

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:

  • Possess a thorough knowledge of, and commitment to, the teachings, beliefs, and life of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Self-motivated and organized
  • Previous parish work experience preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Finale, Sibelius, etc.
  • Ability to relate and work well with people of all ages in a team environment and as a team member
  • Able to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Excellent leadership and supervisory skills

Interested applicants please send resume and salary requirements to
Rev. Rees Doughty
frdoughty@mac.com

 

Putnam County

St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, Brewster – Organist/Choir Director

Part-time position: 3 masses on Sunday, feast days and director of choir(s)
Parish holds approx. 50 weddings, funerals (compensated separately)

Responsibilities:
-Play/sing/lead cantor at 3 Masses each weekend
-Extra Masses on holydays
-Choir Mass at 11:00
-Direct choir, build it up and recruit (men, young people) and begin a children’s choir
-Integrate other instruments
-Train and director cantors
-Annual concert
-12 Special parish events annually
-Work with lyrics on screens in church
-Responsible to secure substitute organists whenever needed
-Approx 8-10 hours onsite weekly plus planning

Submit résumé and cover letter to Julie Noce at: juliannnoce@comcast.net

 

Manhattan

The Roman Catholic Church of St. Charles Borromeo in Harlem is seeking a part time musician who would be expected to provide service at minimally two Sundays per month with rehearsals for a Men’s Chorus.  Additional early morning Sunday service is required to accompany a Catholic Mass with a soloist at 3 Sundays per month.   Familiarity with the Catholic liturgy is not required but an openness to learn about, and have a respect for, parish musical traditions is required.  The musician must be able to play the Allen Organ (Renaissance-Quad Suite) and the Baby Grand piano, as well as lead a small ensemble of male voices (10 voices).  Comfort with traditional and contemporary church music is highly desirable.  Interest in music from the African American church tradition is very much welcomed.  Contact information: Fr. Gregory Chisholm, SJ, Pastor: pastor@scbrchurch.org