Music

The Human Resources Office receives job openings from within the boundaries of the Diocese of San Jose, and open positions are frequently updated on this page. Persons wishing to be considered for these positions should follow the application instructions in the job posting. The hours of the Human Resources Office are: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM and 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Please email the Human Resources Representative at jobs@dsj.org or call at (408) 983-0149 for more questions or appointment schedule.

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Position Description:

St. Thomas of Canterbury seeks 1 or 2 talented music ministers (cantors) to lead the music for the 9am and 11am mass every Sunday. The ideal candidate wants to work with a pastor and musicians who love to hear the people singing, plans the music for congregational singing, works well with other musicians and vocalists of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds, knows contemporary and classic hymns, and can be available for Christmas and Holy Week/Easter and to substitute on occasion. You’ll be supported by excellent pianists. Though not a deal breaker, able to lead monthly 9 am Children’s Choir and annual Men’s Choir for Christmas morning.

Requirements:

Needs to understand music’s role in Catholic liturgy, with the goal being the full, active, and conscious participation of the assembly.

Helpful, but not required:

Able to play guitar or piano, when a substitute accompaniment is needed

If interested, please send resume to Anne Gadd at: gaddzoo@gmail.com and the pastor, Fr. Dave Mercer at: dmercer@dsj.org or call 408-378-1595.

St. Martin of Tours Parish in San José has a NEW OPENING for a Music Coordinator for our 8:30 Mass on Sundays, beginning immediately.

This position involves planning the music on Sundays, Christmas and Easter for the 8:30 a.m. Mass, and coordinating the existing group of singers and two guitarists, along with preparing PowerPoint slides for the Mass. Ideally, we would like to hire someone who plays the piano and sings. Familiarity with Catholic worship and ability to read music are essential. Pay according to Diocesan Guidelines and commensurate with ability and experience.

For more information, please contact Judy Swazey, Liturgy Director, at (408) 289-9614. Résumés can be sent to jswazey@stmartin.org 

Position Description: 
The Music Director (14-18hrs/wk) leads and coordinates the Music Ministry of St. Lawrence Parish in order to fully engage worshippers in liturgical celebrations, including Masses on Sundays, Holy Days of Obligation, Christmas, Triduum, Easter, Confirmation, funerals and weddings, as well as parish reconciliations services and any other special liturgical event. The main goal of the Music Director is to prepare music that will lead the parishioners of St. Lawrence to “full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations” (Sacrosanctum Concilium #14).

Requirements: (ie. education, good communication skills, evening/weekend hours, ability to lift 50 lbs.)
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
● Selects and plans music for Sunday masses and other special liturgical events. Coordinates singers, accompanists and other instrumentalists.  Accompanists when volunteers are not available.  Prepares projector slides to help assembly to participate in singing.
● Works with Parish staff to ensure that there is effective communications concerning Liturgy, especially on special holy days such as Christmas, Triduum, and Easter, and other liturgical events such as First Eucharist and Confirmation celebrations.
● Is open to ideas, concerns and suggestions regarding Music Ministry.
● Considers carefully any feedback that is relevant to worship and liturgies.
● Works with priests and the grieving to coordinate and plan for Masses of Christian Burial
● Works with Wedding Coordinator & engaged couples to coordinate and plan for Wedding Masses/Liturgies of the Word.
● Resource for School weekly Masses and other school liturgical events.
● Reports song titles to licensing agencies.
● Consults with pastor/parochial vicar about liturgical practices.

  • As required by Pastor – Will attend monthly parish staff meetings; Other duties as assigned.
    ● Acts as music liaison from parish to diocese. Attends appropriate conferences, workshops, training to remain current and up to date on Catholic liturgical music and spiritual life.

Qualifications:
● Is a fully practicing Catholic; Familiar with Catholic liturgical music and Catholic worship.
● Possesses a passion for liturgical music and is committed to reflecting the parish community’s needs. Must be committed to quality liturgy and sees this as the most important service we provide to the community we serve.
● Candidates for this position should have significant experience in Music Ministry at the Parish level. (A Bachelor’s degree in music, religious studies or related field is a plus). Must be knowledgeable of Catholic liturgy, including liturgical documents and music resources and be committed to the pastoral application of these.
● Have experience in liturgical music as well as demonstrated organizational and coordinating skills.
● Experience in directing music in Catholic liturgical setting; skilled as a director and conductor, skilled pianist.
● Skilled in working with a variety of people and diverse teams; sensitive to a multi-cultural parish community.
● Well-organized and able to work in a collaborative setting; must be attentive to detail with good verbal and written communications skills.
● Dependable, responsible, self-motivated, creative and accountable.
● Must successfully pass required background and fingerprint check.

How to Apply:  Complete DSJ Application through DSJ website.  Please send application, cover letter and resume to   eorci@dsj.org