Music Director at St. John's in Indianapolis (Full Time)
  • Director of Music - St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
    Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana

    Position Purpose: The purpose of this position is to lead worship and devotion music for the parish and various other needs of visitors and friends of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. St. John’s is the oldest Catholic Church in the city with roots going back to 1837. It is a growing parish with 2500 parishioners and 55% of its congregation comprised of young adults between the ages of 18-35. The young adult movement in the heart of the city, combined with an outstanding traditional parishioner base, makes it a wonderful place to minister and serve. Check out the active parish life at

    Major Responsibilities: The Director of Music for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church will lead all liturgical and devotional music for the parish and various special events of the highly visited downtown parish. Specific responsibilities include:

    + Preparing, accompanying (organ and piano) and leading music for all Solemnity Masses including Weekend Masses, Holy Days and various special Masses hosted throughout the year.

    + Preparing, accompanying (organ and piano) and leading music for special devotional prayer including Adoration two times per week, Stations of the Cross, Processions, and special devotional worship.

    + Recruiting, growing, teaching and leading volunteer Traditional Choir and Young Adult/College Choir.

    + Recruiting, growing, teaching and leading volunteer cantors for all Masses, special liturgies and devotions.

    + Preparing and leading music for all parishioner weddings and funerals.

    + Leading music for the annual 4 day Christmas Christkindl Village Festival including Sacred Music Festivals in the Church, live stage throughout the festival and caroling groups within the festival.

    + Teach Gregorian Chant to cantors and choirs.

    + Compose sacred music for various liturgies.

    +Verify the maintenance and upkeep of the 50-stop Goulding & Wood Pipe Organ and Baldwin Piano.

    + Program and maintain the control unit for tower bells and carillon.

    + Attending Ministry Team meetings and retreats as requested by the Pastor.

    + Serve as a liaison and resource to the Worship and Devotion Parish Commission.

    + Knowledge and maintenance of the sound system in the church.

    + Working collaboratively with the Pastor to prepare excellent worship and devotional music for requested events.
    Qualifications: St. John the Evangelist is seeking a highly motivated and faith filled, practicing member of the Roman Catholic Church to serve as Director of Music. Additional qualifications include:

    + Knowledge and love of the Catholic Church and Committed to all Church teachings.

    + Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree.

    + Excellent Musical Skills – proficient in organ and piano.

    + Traditional Sacred music experience.

    + Excellent Leadership and Organizational Skills.

    + Knowledge of Universal Church Liturgical Documents and GIRM.

    + Ability to lead choirs in a variety of Traditional and Contemporary Sacred Music.

    + Desire and ability to minister and disciple people of all walks of life.

    + Experience in composing, accompanying, singing and conducting.

    + Team Oriented and Visionary.

    Submit letter of application and resumes to:
    St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
    c/o Father Rick Nagel
    126 West Georgia Street
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46225

    For questions or more information contact Father Nagel at
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