Nov 26, 2022

Director of Sacred Music

  • St. Mark Catholic Church
Full time Ministry, Music

Job Description

St. Mark Catholic Church

Director of Sacred Music


Job Title:

Director of Sacred Music




Reports To:

Pastor, Director of Parish Operations



Under the direct supervision of the Pastor and in accordance with established policies and procedures and Church liturgical documents, assists in providing musical accompaniment for parish liturgies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

    To lead congregational music on the organ and/or direct the choirs and organist for 3 weekend Masses;                   To staff the Davidson college campus ministry Masses with adequate musicians, helping to lead their student           congregation in worship;

              Staff the weekly Sunday Faith Formation Mass at Christ the King High School with competent musicians;

     To increase membership of and develop the quality of the parish's Adult, Children's, Polyphony Choir (invitation-only), and the Schola Cantorum through rehearsals and recruitment of volunteers;

     To deepen the liturgical understanding of the assembly through the choice of songs and quality liturgical formation as it relates to music;

     To help increase regular attendance at liturgies through the quality of music selected and learned by the assembly, using a range of music from Gregorian Chant to contemporary sacred music;

     To develop a plan in collaboration with the worship committee/parish staff to expand the music programs in the parish;

     To recruit, train, and sustain quality cantors for the parish liturgies;

     To recruit paid section leaders for the parish's adult choir;

     Work with the Directors of Parish Operations, Human Resources, and Finance to ensure that hired musicians and volunteers are in compliance with all parish and diocesan policies;

     Coordinates the staffing of all liturgies with competent musicians and singers;

     Hire and direct outside musicians for 10 Orchestral Masses, various Holy Days, and other celebrations throughout the liturgical year;

     Primarily responsible for the music selections of all Sunday liturgies and other liturgies as needed (such as Holy Days of Obligation, Holy Week, etc.);

     Responsible for the maintenance of the instruments owned by the parish;

     Attain copyright permission for music;

     Provide quality liturgical formation, music education, and practical preparations for cantors/leaders of song, choral, instrumental groups, and the congregation;

     Possess a thorough knowledge of and desire to implement the Church's teachings on sacred music;

          Attend parish staff meetings and Liturgy committee meetings;

          Formulate and adhere to an annual music ministry budget;

     Continue to develop musical skills and liturgical knowledge by attending workshops and conferences on the sacred liturgy and sacred music. The parish will offset the costs of such professional development;

     Meet with the pastor and other key staff members annual for performance evaluation and goal setting.


This job will supervise 4 paid section leaders, organists, other hired musicians, Hispanic music and Psalm 150 band music coordinators. This job also requires the hiring of musicians for various functions.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor's degree is required, Master's degree preferred. Must have adequate experience in playing the organ in a Catholic liturgical setting. Skills in reading and improvising music and in transposing music is required to successfully accomplish the essential duties of this position.


The desired candidate must have at least 4 years' experience directing a Catholic church music program. The desired candidate is also an active participant in the work of the Catholic Church and able to partake in the full sacramental life of the church. Must have good leadership skills and ability to work collaboratively with others.


Ability to read, analyze, write and effectively present information and respond to questions from parishioners and the general public. Must be fluent in English, ability to speak functional Spanish a bonus.


     Knowledge of the Church's patrimony of sacred music, ranging from Gregorian Chant to contemporary sacred music

     IGow1edge of the Church's teachings on sacred music, both pre-Vatican Il and post-Vatican Il            Must possess a working knowledge of the Catholic Mass

     Be familiar with all parts of the Mass and have knowledge of where music is required

                    Possesses an active faith life and is able to translate this into action for others.

     Knowledge of the mission of the parish , church and can enable others to live this mission in their own lives

     Knowledge and ability to form group cohesion and consensus as opposed to fragmentation and disunity  Understanding of the needs of the parish

 The desired candidate must complete our safe environment training for the protection of children and youth, as well as pass a criminal background check.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk and talk or hear. The director is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach and/or direct with hands, arms and/or head. The musician must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


Religious and civil holidays (15 paid holidays)

Sick pay (accrue the hourly equivalent of one day of sick leave per month) Life insurance ($10,000 term life)

Health insurance (Includes health, dental, prescription, and vision)

Savings and Retirement Plan (eligible to participate in the diocesan 403b plan) Vacation pay (Hourly equivalent of two regularly scheduled workweeks per year)

Lay Retirement Program

Long-term Disability Insurance

Salary is commensurate upon the experience of the desired candidate.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions . This position is required to work some evenings and all weekend masses. As this position requires work on the weekend, a day off during the week will be provided in consultation with the Pastor and Director of Operations.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Scott Bruno, Director of Parish Operations at

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