Director of Music and Organist Job Description

St. Louis Catholic Church in Memphis, Tennessee is seeking a talented, enthusiastic Director of Music to enhance all aspects of music ministry for its tradition rich parish of 2000 families.  The ideal candidate for this full-time position with benefits would continuously strive for excellence by electrifying cantors, musicians, and the congregation to produce high quality, joyful music that supports the liturgy.

Job Summary

  • Plan and coordinate the Church’s music program, providing leadership and resources to any other musician active in the program
  • Plan, research, and select appropriate music (hymns and choral anthems which reflect the liturgical season and readings for the day)
  • Play the organ for three or more liturgies per weekend, holy days, funerals, weddings, and other liturgies as needed
  • Schedule choirs and cantors for all liturgies
  • Direct adult and children’s choirs
  • Plan and conduct rehearsals for the choirs and volunteer cantors
  • Meet with families to plan liturgies for funerals
  • Supervise the maintenance of all instruments including a 1999 Casavant-Freres pipe organ (Opus 3785) with II manuals and 22 ranks plus 6 prepared on the console
  • Maintain the choral library
  • Maintain professional competency by practicing, performing, and reading professional journals
  • $50K salary or higher based on experience and qualifications
  • Health insurance and 403(b) retirement

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music (Master’s Degree a plus) along with demonstrated organ, piano, and vocal skills
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in parish music ministry
  • Knowledge of choral and instrument conducting
  • Knowledge of sacred choral literature
  • Multi denomination experience a plus but should be familiar with the Catholic Mass and appropriate music for the Mass
  • Strong interpersonal skills that help recruit talented people to improve the music ministry
  • Ability to work with a range of ideas from the Pastor, choir, and others involved in the music ministry to get people engaged and excited
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office

Please email your resume to Father Jolly Sebastian, Pastor of St. Louis Catholic Church, at jolly.sebastian@stlouis.cdom.org by July 15.