Associate Director of Sacred Music for Masses in Spanish
  • Associate Director of Sacred Music for Masses in Spanish
    Non-exempt (~15 hours / week)
    Reports to Director of Sacred Music
    Start date: July 1, 2020
    St. John the Evangelist Parish
    The Rev. Royce V. Gregerson, Pastor
    109 W. Monroe St. Goshen, IN 46526

    St. John the Evangelist Parish in Goshen, Indiana invites applicants for a part-time position of Associate Director of Sacred Music for Masses in Spanish. We seek an excellent musician and committed Catholic to inspire and lead worshipers at three Sunday Masses in Spanish in participating in sacred music and in enhancing the spiritual and sacramental life of the parish. We believe that, in the words of the Second Vatican Council, “the musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy” (SC 112). Furthermore, we believe that beautiful sacred music has the power to inspire faith in Christ through an encounter with the living God. As Benedict XVI once stated, “Discourse with God goes beyond the boundaries of human speech,” giving sacred music a unique power to inspire worship of Almighty God. We are seeking someone with a deep relationship with the Lord, rooted in prayer, who will guide others into an encounter with Christ through this great treasure of inestimable value that is the Church’s treasury of sacred music.

    The duties of this position include:

    • Lead weekly musician rehearsal (~2.5 hours/week)
    • Provide accompaniment and direct small ensembles for three Sunday Masses weekly.
    o Saturday 6:00 p.m.
    o Sunday 12:30 p.m.
    o Sunday 2:00 p.m.
    • Provide accompaniment and direct music for weddings. (Would involve additional compensation.)
    • Provide accompaniment and direct music for funerals as available. (Would involve additional compensation.)
    • Serves as a bridge between parish staff and Spanish-language music ministry.
    • Ensure compliance with safe environment regulations during activities as applicable

    Skills needed:

    • Excellent keyboard skills
    o Organ proficiency is preferred but not strictly required for consideration
    • Proficiency with other liturgical instruments
    • Excellent vocal skills
    • Ability to direct musical ensembles
    • Knowledge of Catholic liturgy and sacred music
    • Full professional Spanish and English written and oral language capacity
    • Familiarity with traditional Spanish-language devotional music and liturgical culture
    • Willingness and ability to help parishioners and musicians transition from a parish music culture that relies on devotional music to one that incorporates properly liturgical, sacred music
    • Ability to work with a wide range of individuals and build consensus and support for a newly unified parish music program

    While preference will be given to applicants with degrees in sacred music or related fields, there are no degree requirements for the position. Students are also welcome to apply.

    Interested applicants are invited to submit a completed Diocesan application ( and a resume to Father Royce V. Gregerson at To learn more about the position or St. John the Evangelist parish, please visit or contact Father Gregerson at 574.533.3385 or
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