Director of Music at St. Mary of Vernon, Archdiocese of Chicago

St. Mary of Vernon is a Catholic parish in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.  They are seeking a Director of Music to become a member of the Pastoral Staff and who will assist the Pastor with the overall efforts to ensure parishioners encounter Jesus Christ through prayer, the sacraments, and worship. The scope of this role is to discern, plan, prepare and implement ongoing music opportunities for everyone in the parish.  As we enter the post-pandemic point in time, vibrant music will play an important role in attracting people to return to Mass and the Sacraments.  

Under the direction of the Pastor, the Director of Music provides leadership in the planning, execution and celebration of all parish liturgical celebrations, including sacramental celebrations.

The Director should utilize an appropriate balance of traditional and contemporary musical styles while supporting the full, active and conscious participation of the assembly in divine worship. As a member of the Pastoral Staff, the Director is expected to take an active pastoral role in the parish, including developing a good working relationship with the ministries and organizations of the parish.

The complete job description can be found on our parish website:


The Director must demonstrate strong keyboard skills on piano and synthesizer and vocal musical talent. Directing and Cantor skills are necessary. The candidate should be a practicing Catholic who is knowledgeable with Church music in a variety of forms and the liturgical norms of the Catholic Church.  They must demonstrate the ability to collaborate with clergy, staff, parish leaders and volunteers and be familiar with the technology used for communicating and presenting music.   Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends.  Must be flexible with work schedule, especially for Holy Days and special parish events.     

Updated Oct. 25, 2021

Published by FDLC

Since 1970, the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions has served the clergy and faithful of the dioceses of the United States by providing leadership, scholarship, and resources to aid in the authentic implementation and celebration of the liturgy.