Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral seeks a qualified candidate for a newly created full-time position of Assistant Director of Music and Organist. Applicants should possess an understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy and musical tradition. The AD/Organist will be responsible for playing for 2-4 weekend liturgies, including accompanying the Cathedral choir both in rehearsal and in liturgies. Additionally, the organist would be expected to play for diocesan liturgies, including the Chrism Mass and Ordinations, Holy Week liturgies, sacraments within the parish and certain events within the Cathedral school. The desired candidate will also assist the Director of Music with providing music for weddings and funerals for extra compensation as assigned. As an Assistant Director of Music, the applicant may be called upon to assist in the creation and direction of other music ensembles, which may include youth music ensembles.
In addition to liturgies, the Organist will collaborate with the Director of Music to assemble a concert series of sacred music (in which the candidate is expected to perform) and will share in the administrative and clerical duties of the Cathedral music program.
Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral was dedicated on July 26, 2017. The organ to be installed is 72 rank/3 manual instrument built by C. B. Fisk Inc. The installation of the instrument began in February of 2018 and will be completed by Christmas of 2018. The successful candidate may be involved in the voicing of the instrument during the installation process. In addition to the organ, there is a 7’4’’ Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano, which will be delivered in June of 2018, and a 50-bell carillon, built by the Verdin Bell and Clock Company. This instrument can be played by a midi keyboard or by a carillon clavier.
Requirements and Preferences:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Organ Performance or Sacred Music (graduate degree preferred)
- 3-5 years of experience in a liturgical denomination
- Ability to improvise
- Strong sight-reading skills
- Basic conversational skills in Spanish desired but not required
The salary for this position will be commensurate with the individual’s education, training and experience. In addition, the diocese provides a comprehensive benefits plan, including medical, dental and vision insurances, group life and long term disability insurances, generous 403(b) plan.
Applications should include the following:
- cover letter
four recordings (in MP3 format. Recordings do not have to be of high quality) –
- A baroque work
- A romantic work
- An improvisation incorporating a chant or hymn-tune
- A four-verse hymn
Applications may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The anticipated starting date for this position is September 4, 2018.