Director of Sacred Music Job at Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, Visalia, CA

  • Good Shepherd Catholic Parish
  • Visalia, CA

Job Description

Director of Sacred Music Compensation: Salaried, full time, exempt position; starting annual salary ranging between $75,000 - $100,000, depending on qualifications and experience; competitive benefits package including health, dental, vision, and pension


The Director of Sacred Music ("DSM") at Good Shepherd Catholic Parish is responsible for overseeing all aspects of liturgical music for parish liturgies. He or she works to expand the parish repertoire with the rich sacred music heritage of the Catholic Church, including Gregorian chant, chant in English and Spanish, polyphony, and sacred choral music. This person ideally has an educational background in music in general (education in sacred music is a plus but not required). This person also has a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy and serves as the parish's principal musician and choir director. This person should have a strong background in piano and in choral music. Organ proficiency is desired but not required, as long as the candidate is willing to participate in parish-sponsored organ lessons. The DSM should have a working knowledge of the Church's principles for music in the liturgy as found in such documents as Tra le Sollecitudini (1903), Sacrosanctum Concilium (1963), Musicam Sacram (1967), and Sing to the Lord (USCCB, 2007). The DSM plays and sings for liturgies in English, Spanish, and Latin, utilizing the Source & Summit online platform, Flor y Canto by OCP, and resources from the Church Music Association of America, Corpus Christi Watershed, and other relevant vendors. The DSM administers the parish's music program, manages other parish musicians (volunteers and independent contractors), and educates and trains parishioners regarding music and the liturgy.


Plans and manages a comprehensive sacred music program for the parish in collaboration with the Pastor or his delegate Coordinates and suggests to the Pastor or his delegate appropriate selections of Ordinaries, Propers, hymns, polyphony, and choral pieces for all parish and school liturgies Prepares and distributes sheet music and worship aids to participants (cantors, instrumentalists, choir members, and congregation) Recruits, schedules, rehearses, and supervises cantors, choirs, and instrumentalists for all liturgies Supervises and maintains the parish's musical resources, spaces, and instruments Manages the department budget Leads liturgical music as a conductor, cantor, and accompanist (piano required; organ preferred) Directs the choir, assembly, and musicians at liturgies (weekend liturgies, holy days of obligation, and major events) Maintains the level of knowledge and skills required to remain current and successful in the field of sacred music. Reads material related to the profession, attends workshops or conventions, and participates in local, regional, and diocesan professional organizations, as appropriate and as approved by the Pastor Notifies parish musicians of workshops, conferences, etc., which relate to their ministry Serves as a member of the parish liturgy committee Assists with outside groups and organizations who seek to use parish facilities for concerts or who request to perform at parish liturgies Has first priority for providing the music for funerals and weddings, and is responsible for scheduling other parish musicians for funerals and weddings Coordinates and approves the music selections for weddings, funerals, and other special occasions in adherence to the Parish Sacred Music Policy Provides encouragement, evaluation, and appreciation of parish musicians and singers Attends staff meetings and liturgy committee meetings as required or requested Is responsible for the maintenance of all audio systems in the parish churches and schedules technicians as needed Schedules the tunings of pianos and maintenance of organs twice a year or as needed Keeps copyright licenses and digital subscriptions up to date Collaborates as needed with diocesan staff and musicians for diocesan liturgies at our parish churches Other responsibilities as needed or as assigned


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church who is fully supportive of Church teachings and models a faithful Catholic moral life Thorough knowledge of and experience with Roman Catholic liturgy B.A. or M.A. in music, choral conducting, music education, or the like; or equivalent training at a music conservatory; or equivalent combination of education and experience in Catholic liturgical music Skilled and experienced pianist; organ proficiency preferred Skilled and experienced singer Skilled and experienced conductor, preferably in a parish setting Knowledge of and experience with Gregorian Chant, choral music, and polyphony a plus but not required, as long as candidate is willing to learn Ability to teach, lead, and motivate others effectively Excellent oral and written communication skills Ability to handle stress well Knowledge of Hispanic communities and Spanish sacred music Bilingual (English and Spanish) preferred but not required Takes initiative, meets deadlines, and works collaboratively To apply, email your resume to Fr. Dalton Rogers at [REMOVED - SEE ORIGINAL LISTING]

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