Director of Sacred Music: St. Mary's Seminary, Houston, Texas
  • mgearthman
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    The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is looking to fill the position of Director of Sacred Music at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Texas.

    Principal Duties:
    • Accompany the daily Seminary Community Mass
    • Accompany the principal hours of the Divine Office (Lauds & Vespers), depending on the degree of solemnity
    • Create professional, high-quality worship aids for the Mass and Divine Office on a regular basis
    • Coach and rehearse a team of seminarian cantors
    • Develop and rehearse the seminarian schola to augment liturgical celebrations with chant & polyphony
    • Oversee and collaborate with the Spanish-language ensemble
    • Hold semi-regular sessions with each class of seminarians (Pre-Theology I-II, Theology I-IV), for the purposes of (1) general exposure to sacred music; (2) building and development of skills related to chanting as celebrants of the liturgy; (3) practicing specific chants for the appropriate level of formation (e.g. dialogues, collects, prefaces); (4) occasional rehearsal of seasonal music

    Reports directly to the Director of Liturgical Formation, who is a priest on the Formation Faculty of the Seminary

    Prerequisites:
    • Must be a practicing Roman Catholic and have an appreciation for the priesthood and priestly formation
    • Masters-level degree in music
    • Minimum of five years’ experience as a parish music director
    • Proficiency in playing the pipe organ, covering a number of genres (hymnody; accompaniment of the Divine Office; improvisation; preludes and postludes)
    • Practical knowledge of the Church’s tradition of liturgical chant, both Gregorian and vernacular
    • Familiarity with the Spanish-language repertoire of songs and hymnody in use in parishes

    Applicants interested in the position should send a cover letter and resume (preferably via email) to:
    Rev. Michael G. Earthman, STL
    Director of Liturgical Formation
    St. Mary’s Seminary
    9845 Memorial Dr.
    Houston, TX 77024
    mearthman@smseminary.com
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