Director of Music

Saint Mary Catholic Church
Employment Type
Full Time
Richmond VA
Posted Date

Hours per week:  40 (Full-time; schedule negotiable).  Will include leading choir rehearsals, the Saturday/Sunday liturgies, funerals, weddings & other liturgies, as well as attending the weekly parish staff meeting.

Key responsibilities / day-to-day job functions:

Saint Mary Catholic Church (Richmond, VA) is seeking a Director of Music responsible for the design, facilitation, and implementation of the parish's liturgical music ministry in a manner that promotes the "full, conscious, and active participation," called for by the liturgical rites in the Roman Catholic Church as articulated in the documents of the Second Vatican Council. In collaboration with the Pastor, the Director of Liturgy, staff members, and parishioners, the Director of Music is charged with integrating music ministry into the overall parish mission. The Director recruits, trains, directs, and oversees the choir, instrumentalists, bell choir & cantors, and serves as the keyboardist. The parish's repertoire consists of liturgical music drawn primarily from Breaking Bread (OCP) and Gather (GIA).

The ideal candidate holds a Bachelor's degree, or the equivalent, in music or music education with specialized training credentials in liturgical music and understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy; knowledge of performance practice and liturgical styles and forms; understanding of musical, liturgical, and pastoral needs; the ability to exercise discerning judgment in selection of liturgical music based on the parish's musical style; has five to seven years of parish ministry experience, though not required; proficiency in keyboard performances, to include piano and organ; knowledge of basic piano and organ maintenance; familiarity with vocal techniques and experience in choral leadership.  Candidate must also satisfactorily complete the necessary criminal and background checks. 

Position Start Date:  From 2/1/2022

About the Parish:  Saint Mary Catholic Church is located in Henrico County (near Richmond), Virginia in the Diocese of Richmond. The parish was founded in 1962, and is a dynamic community consisting of 2,700 households, with a Catholic School of approximately 430 students. Since its founding 60 years ago, St, Mary’s parish has a long tradition of outreach ministries, including a twinning relationship with communities in Haiti, cooperative ministries in Southwest Virginia, and numerous ministries to assist our neighbors. For more information on the parish, please visit our website at