Director of Music at St. Pius X Parish, Norfolk, Va.

Saint Pius X Catholic Church is seeking a Director of Music responsible for the design, facilitation, and implementation of the parish’s liturgical music ministry in a manner that promotes “full, conscious, and active participation,” called for by the liturgical rites in the Roman Catholic tradition. In collaboration with the pastor, staff members, and parishioners, the Director is charged with integrating music ministry into the overall parish mission. The Director recruits, trains, directs, and oversees the choir and cantors and serves as the keyboardist. The parish’s repertoire consists of liturgical music drawn primarily from Breaking Bread (OCP) and Gather (GIA).


This position is regular part-time, 20 hours a week. However, the number of hours is negotiable and a desire to be 30 hours per week for full benefits is open to discussion. The Director’s specific schedule is negotiable, but will include leading choir rehearsals, the Saturday/Sunday liturgies, and funerals and weddings, as well as attending the weekly parish staff meeting.

The ideal candidate holds a Bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, in music or music education with specialized training credentials in liturgical music and understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy; knowledge of performance practice and liturgical styles and forms; understanding of musical, liturgical, and pastoral needs; the ability to exercise discerning judgment in selection of liturgical music based on the parish’s musical style; has five to seven years of parish ministry experience, though not required; proficiency in keyboard performances, to include piano and organ (utilized on occasion); knowledge of basic piano and organ maintenance; familiarity with vocal techniques and experience in choral leadership.

The position is available beginning November 22, 2021.

If you have questions or wish to receive the full job description, please email the pastor, Fr. Sean Prince, at pastor@spxnorfolk.org.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and completed Diocesan Application (accessible at https://bit.ly/3pSfKZm) to Fr. Sean Prince, Pastor, via email to pastor@spxnorfolk.org.

About the Parish

Saint Pius X Catholic Church is located in Norfolk, Virginia in the Diocese of Richmond. The parish was led by the Trinitarians, until the 1980s, when Diocesan priests assumed the pastoral responsibilities. The parish is approximately 1,000 families with a Catholic School of approximately 200 students. The parish’s demographics are diverse, consisting of whites, a strong Filipino presence, and some Hispanics and Black Catholics. In addition, being in the Hampton Roads area of the Commonwealth of Virginia, our parish also has a strong military presence. For more information on the parish, please visit our website at http://spxnorfolk.org.

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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.