Jul 12, 2019

Music Director

  • Christ the King Catholic Church
  • Acme, MI, USA
Full time Ministry, Music

Job Description

Christ the King

Job Description:  Music Director

Part Time - Hours per week:  Avg. 19 

Days per week:  Flexible to accommodate regular duties and as needed services

Status:  Non Exempt            

Reports to:    Pastor and/or Parish Business Manager                       

Revised: 06-06-18

Primary Function

To work collaboratively with the pastor and deacon to oversee the parish music services and planning for all liturgical celebrations.  Is responsible for the coordination and direction of choir(s) utilized within the parish.  Serves the parish as principal musician, organist or pianist and/or choir director, according to the highest standards established by this profession.


Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Plans all music for liturgical celebrations for the parish to include regular Masses at 5 PM on Saturdays and 8 and 10AM on Sundays, funerals, weddings, and other liturgical services as necessary.
  • Forms, directs and schedules all choirs, i.e. adult; children, bell etc.
  • Forms, directs and schedules instrumental music groups.
  • Recruits, trains and schedules cantors and soloists.
  • Maintains and advises on the procurement and maintenance of musical instruments owned by the parish
  • Contributing member of the parish worship/liturgical commission.

Specific Duties

  • Carefully selecting hymn texts, so that the words lead the assembly into a deeper understanding of the liturgical year, the ritual action and the message of the liturgical readings.
  • Coordinates volunteers as needed
  • Plays at all parish masses or secures a substitute
  • Actively recruits new choir members, cantors and musicians.
  • Implements all parish practices as defined in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM).
  • Prepares and plans music for parish weddings and funerals as well as school liturgical services as requested.
  • Introduces new music and Mass settings to the congregation and respective choirs.
  • Prepares all printed programs containing musical selections for the parish. Follows church and legal laws regarding copyrights and copying music.
  • Communicates through the parish bulletin when needed.
  • Prepares and is accountable for the budget for Music Ministry. Meets with the business manager on a regular schedule. 
  • Maintains and further develops professional and personal skills through practice and in-service training conferences.
  • Other duties as assigned.


 Qualifications & Education:

  • Fully initiated, practicing Catholic, in good standing with the Church.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in music or related field or a minimum 3-5 years’ experience of liturgical music.
  • Must be proficient in piano and organ keyboards, with a familiarity of a variety of musical instruments.
  • Should have a working knowledge of other instruments, which might be used in liturgical music.
  • Has knowledge of the Church’s liturgical tradition as well as current liturgical practices and trends.
  • Ability to work as part and in support of the parish team. Able to organize and arrange priorities.  Excellent communication and leadership skills.  High level of discretion and integrity.

Working Environment

Regular weekend and evening work hours required.  In addition to the regular parish liturgical schedule, the Parish Music Director is required to provide music for additional services during Holy Week, Holy Days, sacramental celebrations, parish missions, weddings and funerals. Must be regularly available to provide music for weekend liturgies (special arrangements may be made in advance for weekends off).

Confidentiality & Ethics

Staff acknowledges that the church has and will have information regarding matters such as personal, spiritual, financial and ethical issues involving members of the parish communities, as well as members of the clergy and others within the Diocese of Gaylord.  Staff will not at any time or in any manner, either directly or indirectly, divulge, share or communicate any such information to any party without consent of supervising Pastor and/or Administrator. Staff will protect any such information and keep it confidential. A violation by staff of this paragraph shall be a direct violation of the job expectation and will justify legal and /or equitable release. By signing this Position Description, the staff acknowledges his or her agreement and understanding of this statement of confidentiality, thereby agreeing to abide by the statements.

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