Director of Music, Saint Mary Catholic Church (Richmond, VA)

Saint Mary Catholic Church (Richmond, VA) 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 the “full, conscious, and active participation,” called for by the liturgical rites in the Roman Catholic Church as articulated in the documents of the Second Vatican Council. In collaboration with the Pastor, the Director of Liturgy, staff members, and parishioners, the Director of Music is charged with integrating music ministry into the overall parish mission. The Director recruits, trains, directs, and oversees the choir, instrumentalists, bell choir & cantors, and serves as the keyboardist. The parish’s repertoire consists of liturgical music drawn primarily from Breaking Bread (OCP) and Gather (GIA).

This is a full time position. The Director’s specific schedule is negotiable, but will include leading choir rehearsals, the Saturday/Sunday liturgies, funerals, weddings & other liturgies, 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; knowledge of basic piano and organ maintenance; familiarity with vocal techniques and experience in choral leadership. The position is available beginning February 1, 2022.

If you have questions or wish to receive the full job description, please email Joyce Park, jpark@stmarysrichmond.org. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and completed Diocesan Application (accessible at https://bit.ly/3pSfKZm) to Joyce Park at jpark@stmarysrichmond.org.

For more information on the parish, please visit our website at https://www.stmarysrichmond.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.