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Director of Music and Liturgy in Mount Airy, Maryland at The Archdiocese of Baltimore

Date Posted: 10/9/2018

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Job Description

St. Michael Poplar Springs, in Mount Airy, MD is seeking a Director of Music and Liturgy to serve our vibrant parish.  Our welcoming community fully embraces spirit-filled, enthusiastic Eucharistic celebrations to support, enhance and lead congregational praise and worship throughout the liturgical year.  The Director of Music and Liturgy, in collaboration with the pastoral staff and Liturgy Committee, is responsible for fulfilling the parish mission, particularly, in supporting the Faithful to gather as disciples of Jesus in a strong liturgical life.  Calling upon their individual strengths in musical expression and leveraging the skills of others (both paid and volunteer), the Director is responsible for providing music for parish liturgical celebrations that are appropriate, prayerful and beautiful.  The Director, supported by the Liturgical Committee, is also responsible for ensuring the component parts of a strong liturgical life are properly envisioned, planned, and executed.

Note we are searching for a strong choral director and keyboardist for this role. We will consider applicants who excel in either field and have the leadership qualities, liturgical knowledge, and experience our parish requires to continue building our music program.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops a long-range vision for liturgical musical expression that is embraced by pastoral staff, volunteers and the faith community
  • Executes the long-range vision with pastoral sensitivity, leveraging the many talents of St. Michael parishioners
  • Provides, both as a musician and as the coordinator all of musical groups, a broad expression of beautifully rendered music liturgically appropriate in the Catholic setting
  • Coordinates all aspects of the music ministry to ensure Mass celebrations include liturgically appropriate music.  This includes, but is not limited to, scheduling musicians and choosing music
  • Directly support funerals and weddings scheduled at St. Michael
  • In collaboration with the Liturgy Committee, plans and coordinates all liturgical celebrations (this does not include daily Mass)
  • In collaboration with the Liturgy Committee, develops and submits an annual liturgical budget to the Finance Committee; monitors expenditures against the approved budget and reports variances to the Business Manager

General Duties:

  • Serves as a liturgical resource for the Liturgy Committee. Represents the "music" component that includes lay volunteers who lead the following ministries: lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, liturgical arts, altar servers, hospitality ministers and liturgical arts. Communicates Liturgy Committee decisions/recommendations to all music ministers.
  • Serve as a Liturgical resource to the pastoral staff and Pastoral Council, keeping current with official statements and documents on music and liturgy
  • Attends and contributes to staff, Pastoral Council and Liturgy Committee meetings
  • Recruits musicians to support the music needs of the various liturgies
  • Ensures that parish musical instruments are in good repair

Job Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in Music or equivalent field, Master's degree preferred
  • Five years experience (paid or volunteer) providing liturgical music in the Roman Catholic setting, showing progressive growth responsibilities sufficient to be successful in this role.
  • A practicing Catholic fully able to participate in the Sacramental life of the Church
  • A working knowledge of Roman Catholic liturgical theology and the repertoire of sacred music
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others to bring out their best work, tempered with a prudent balance of enthusiasm and patience
  • Accomplished keyboardist with choral, vocal, and conducting training and experience to ensure these areas of liturgical music are well-led, well-rehearsed and able to meet the needs of the parish music program
  • Demonstrated ability to teach new music to the assembly, develop and nurture musicianship in others and provide pastorally-sensitive guidance in music-selection such as funerals and weddings