Director of Music Position Opening (Full-time) - St. Joseph's, Eldersburg, MD
  • rowes
    Posts: 4
    Saint Joseph Catholic Community (parish website:, a vibrant parish of over 2,000 families in Eldersburg, Maryland, is a seeking a full-time Director of Music.

    The primary mission for the Director of Music is to establish a culture of vibrant music in the Liturgy. Saint Joseph Catholic Community (SJCC) has embraced the six Mission Priorities of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and specifically the importance of a “Vibrant Liturgy,” as clearly demonstrated in our Parish Pastoral Plan. The Director of Music, working in collaboration with the Pastor and Assistant Pastor, creates and implements a vision for energetically engaging our parishioners in worship in a variety of liturgical services, most importantly in our Sunday Masses. This vision promotes and maintains the SJCC mission of making missionary disciples.

    This is a full-time (40 hours a week), exempt position.
    Salary commensurate with education, experience, and ability.
    Benefits offered according to diocesan and parish policies. Background check and safe environment training are required of all parish employees and volunteers.
    Scheduled hours include Saturdays, Sundays, all Holy Days and other days as needed.
    The Director of Music reports to the Pastor or his designee.
    The job is available January 3, 2021.

    Create and implement a vision for energetically engaging our parishioners in worship
    Plan music for all Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses (currently 4), main Masses on major feast days, and other liturgies such as Lenten weekly Stations of the Cross
    Schedule vocalists and accompanists for each of these Masses and liturgies
    Schedule vocalists and accompanists and plan music for all weddings and funerals through coordination with engaged couples and families of the deceased, respectively 
    Lead rehearsals with vocalists and instrumentalists, as necessary
    Provide for the spiritual and musical formation of the vocalists and musicians
    Coordinate all set up and breakdown of music equipment for all Masses and liturgies

    Maintain professional skills
    Participate in weekly Homily Prep meetings and monthly Staff meetings
    Serve as a member of the Liturgy Commission and attend all meetings
    Purchase and maintain hymnals, sheet music, musical equipment and instruments including the maintenance of the piano and organ
    Maintain sound system equipment
    Oversee and maintain music files and licenses
    Work with the Liturgist to adequately staff all liturgies
    Prepare, submit and manage a budget, process stipends and keep records as needed
    Other duties as assigned.

    Practicing Catholic in good standing
    Knowledge of contemporary songs, choral music, plainchant in English and Latin, as well as English hymnody
    Proficiency in choral conducting, organ accompaniment, and piano accompaniment
    Familiarity with the General Instruction of the Roman Missal and the principles of Sacred Music set forth by the Second Vatican Council and Musical Legislation of the Church
    Ability to draw forth the gifts of those interested in serving the music ministry
    Excellent planning and organizational skills
    Ability to work collegially with clergy, staff, and laity

    Applicants should send their resume as well as a video of themselves playing a prepared piece of music on the organ or the piano to:
  • rowes
    Posts: 4
    Just a note: I know very little about the parish, but I can say that, after having been run by the Marianists since 1981, it was recently placed under the care of the Ordinariate (though it is still an archdiocesan parish that will celebrate Ordinary Form Masses primarily).
  • What, exactly, does under the care of the Ordinariate mean?
    There are some fledgling Ordinariate parishes that meet in ordinary diocesan churches.
    But what does 'under the care of' mean?
    This does not appear to be anything other than a regular diocesan parish.
  • rowes
    Posts: 4
    See this link:

    "Saint Joseph Catholic Community is a parish in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. It was served by priests and brothers of the religious order called the Society of Mary, or Marianists, from 1981 until June, 2020.

    Starting July 1, 2020, SJCC is served by priests from the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter."
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