Work Place:  Holy Family Catholic Church
Location:   St. Louis Park, MN
Post Date:  05/16/2022
Deadline:  Until Filled

SUMMARY OF POSITION

The Director of Sacred Music is a full-time position and is supervised by the pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Louis Park, MN. The director is responsible for the overall execution of the church’s sacred music program, with a pastoral approach, in line with church documents and the pastor’s vision for sacred music. This individual oversees the professionally paid Schola as well as the Parish Choir and Youth Choir. In addition to regular liturgies and weddings/funerals, duties also include the preparing and coordinating of our seasonal concert series. It is preferred that candidates also be able to serve as organist, though the position can be split into two positions if two candidates in different areas of expertise (organ and choral conducting) are the best match.

Holy Family Catholic Church is a vibrant parish located in the beautiful Sorenson neighborhood of St. Louis Park, just a few minutes’ drive west of downtown Minneapolis. We also operate a grade school, Holy Family Academy (pre-K through 8th grade), providing a Catholic, classical curriculum. The liturgy at Holy Family is the “source and summit” of daily life as Catholic Christians. Our parish greatly values music’s essential contribution to enhancing the transcendence of liturgical life. To that end, Holy Family Church has a strong commitment to the entire treasury of the Church’s sacred music—both old and new. Gregorian chant is accorded a privileged and daily place in our liturgies. Polyphony—both Latin and vernacular—is also a staple of our Sunday worship. We enjoy robust congregational singing in both hymnody and chant.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES

• Promotes the development of authentic liturgical music using Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, choral anthems, organ music, and hymnody
• Acts as principal organist (preferred)
• Directs and supervises the professionally paid Schola, Parish Choir, Youth Choir and other volunteers/employees as needed
• Prepares and rehearses cantors for liturgies
• Plans and reviews the liturgical repertoire in consultation with the pastor
• Auditions volunteer and paid choir members and coordinates the hiring and payment of other musicians as needed for parish liturgies and concerts
• Performs administrative office work, including in assisting in the preparation of weekly liturgy guides and music staff payroll
• Produces weekly ordos for cantors and choirs to sing from during Mass
• Oversees the maintenance of the areas used by the choir and instrumentalists, especially the organ and pianos on campus
• Coordinates liturgical music for weddings, funerals, and other sacramental celebrations. Additional stipends are paid for these liturgies.
• Prepares the annual budget for the sacred music program
• Attends regular staff meetings and department head meetings
• Participates in periodic review with the pastor of the church and executes other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AN ABILITIES

• Active, practicing Catholic, living a moral life according to the tenets and doctrine of Catholicism
• An excellent reputation as a musician and individual
• Successful completion of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul-Minneapolis Essential 3 (Virtus training, background check, and Code of Conduct)
• Bachelor’s degree in music required, graduate degree in music (or equivalent professional experience) desired
• Proficient organ performance and/or excellent choral directing skills
• Training and experience in developing and recruiting singers
• Excellent skills in administration, development of print materials, communication, collaboration, and supervision
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
• Experience in developing a pastoral approach to sacred music ministry
• Ability to communicate positively with parishioners, staff, parish school and broader community.
• Knowledge of and commitment to Catholic Church directives regarding liturgy and music

COMPENSATION

• Highly competitive salary for today’s market, weddings and funerals, and use of space for organ, piano, and voice lessons
• Budgeted professional development opportunities
• Vacation, health benefits, sick leave per diocesan policy
• If desired, housing is available adjacent to the parish in our lovely neighborhood and can be offered as part of the compensation package.

TO APPLY OR FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please apply with a resume, cover letter (in which you should explain your personal vision of sacred music for a modern, traditional parish church), and some examples of streamed Masses/Concerts and printed materials you have put together. These materials should be addressed to Fr. Joseph Johnson, Pastor, 5900 West Lake Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55416 or e-mailed to staff@hfcmn.org.

Website:  https://www.hfcmn.org

Contact Person:  Fr. Joseph Johnson

Contact Phone:  (952) 929-0113

Send Resume To:  staff@hfcmn.org