Associate for Liturgical Music – Diocese of Saginaw (Saginaw, MI)

Music Ministry, FT Employee
Diocese of Saginaw (Saginaw, MI)

This full-time pastoral musician serves on the staff of the Office of Liturgy of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw in the capacity of Associate for Liturgical Music and Coordinator of Music and Principal Accompanist at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption.
This person promotes and models sound liturgical principles so that diocesan and Cathedral liturgical assemblies may offer prayerful praise to God through appropriate musical liturgy.
This person must be a practicing Roman Catholic and possess knowledge of and appreciation for the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church.

Assess and respond to the liturgical music needs of the Diocese
Develop and teach various formation opportunities for parish music ministers
Serve as a resource to other diocesan offices and parishes for seasonal planning, special liturgies and/or sacramental celebrations
Maintain a library sacred/liturgical music and music-related educational materials
Plan, coordinate and oversee the music at all Diocesan/Episcopal liturgies
Develop and administer a budget in collaboration with the Director of Office of Liturgy
Recruit and give direction to the Diocesan Choir and/or musical ensembles for all regular and special diocesan liturgies including music/octavos preparation, scheduling, rehearsals, etc.
Provide the music and texts for the worship aids for all regular and special diocesan liturgies
Prepare cantor book for Diocesan/Episcopal liturgies and have psalm ready for Psalmist’s book
Serve as the liaison to the Diocesan Music Committee, preparing agenda for monthly meetings in conjunction with Chairperson and Director of the Office of Liturgy
In collaboration with Diocesan Music Committee determine the Mass setting to be used for diocesan liturgies and communicate to parish musicians, pastors and pastoral administrators
Plan music, rehearse with cantors/psalmists, prepare liturgy planning guides and worship aids for weekly staff Masses; serve as accompanist
Report/record copyrighted music used in all the Worship Aids to the various publishers (OneLicense, LicenSing Online, and World Library) and maintain copyright licenses
Act as a liaison to the “to-be-established” Saginaw Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM)
Provide input pertaining to liturgical music for quarterly newsletter of the Diocesan Worship Commission and Office of Liturgy
Serve as an expert consultant on matters of acoustics or organ design and/or building, as well as other musical instruments for worship
Other duties as assigned by the Director of the Office of Liturgy
Coordinate with the Rector in determining the Cathedral’s repertoire for all liturgies: Sunday and Holy Day Masses, weddings, funerals, and designated parish celebrations and programs
In consultation with the Rector and Cathedral Worship Commission, develop a plan for each liturgical season of the Liturgical Year
Lead the choirs, instrumentalists and the assembly at liturgies and/or select team leaders to assist
Prepare worship aids for all celebrations and coordinate their printing with administrative staff
Prepare the cantor schedule and psalmist book for liturgies
Consult with leaders of liturgical and social ministries on the use of sacred music in their activities
Provide appropriate communication to the communities regarding musical forms used in liturgies, seasonal variations, or upcoming activities
Develop and maintain emergent libraries of sacred musical compositions for the Cathedral community
Recruit, train, direct and supervise vocalists and instrumentalists
Form, rehearse and schedule choirs, ensembles, orchestras, etc, as required
Lead the Cathedral’s Worship Commission to a collaborative spirit and sense of purpose
Develop an independent Cantor Ministry or appoint a designee to do the same
Utilize communication procedures that adequately inform of upcoming events and activities
With the Cathedral’s business personnel, develop and administer a budget for Music Ministry
Promote clear and timely communication between the Cathedral staff and Diocesan offices, especially with the Office of Liturgy and the Office of the Bishop
Other duties as assigned by the Rector of the Cathedral
A. Background and Interpersonal Skills
High degree of proficiency with a principal instrument capable of providing musical leadership during liturgies, preferably organ and piano
Working knowledge of other instruments that might be used in a liturgical setting and appropriate usage of these instruments in a liturgical setting
Effective choral and instrumental conductor capable of directing both amateur and professional musicians, leading a choir in vocal exercises and providing vocal training as needed
Demonstrable skill as a leader of congregational singing
Ability to lead and train musicians in music theory and application
Possess extensive knowledge of a quality repertoire of liturgical music that spans various styles and forms
Understand the integration of musical and liturgical forms as practiced in the traditions and Canons of the Catholic Church
Ability to plan, coordinate and communicate with those involved in parish programs
Ability to evaluate outcomes and adjust programs accordingly
Strong computer skills with ability to work with WORD and PUBLISHER
Effective writing and speaking skills
Ability to monitor expenses and maintain a budget

B. Training and Education
Degree in Music (Master’s preferred)
Knowledge of and experience in liturgical preparation for Catholic liturgies and rituals
Knowledge of and experience in collaborative ministry concepts

C. Experience
Minimum of 5 years experience in both Catholic liturgical music and choral directing
The Associate for Liturgical Music is directly accountable to the Director of the Diocesan Office of Liturgy and is also accountable to the Rector of the Cathedral for Cathedral music ministries.
Employee is required to do extensive computer work. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, talk, reach, sit, climb stairs, hear, and use repetitive motion of the hands/wrists and feet. The employee is required to lift up to 20 lbs. Evening and weekend work required as well as travel. (0)

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