Director of Liturgical Music (anticipated opening), Pontifical North American College, Rome, Italy

The jobs section of the forum includes a push for a new director of music at the NAC. It is a sign of how much everything has changed in the last ten years. There’s no going back.

PONTIFICAL NORTH AMERICAN COLLEGE (Vatican City State) –The Pontifical
North American College, an American Roman Catholic Seminary located in
the Vatican City State, is accepting résumés in anticipation of a
potential opening for a Full Time Director of Liturgical Music
commencing in the fall, 2013. In addition to directing the Seminary
Choir (TTBB, 35 to 40 members), the Director of Liturgical Music will
also be responsible for the training and administration of Gregorian
chant scholas (10 to 15 members), the cantoring program, the house
organist schedule, planning and preparation for Sunday and weekday
celebrations of Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours, preparation of
programs related to the liturgy, liturgical music instruction of the
seminary community, individual training in the presidential chants of
the Liturgy, and other liturgical music/instruction as needed for
celebration in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms. They will also be
expected to serve as organist for some liturgies, organist
responsibilities being shared with seminarian organists. Occasional
assistance at the Casa Santa Maria, the graduate residence of the
Pontifical North American College, will also be required. The Director
of Liturgical Music will work under the direction of the Director of
Liturgical Formation. Qualifications will include at least a Master’s
Degree in organ and/or church music, excellent conducting skills and
experience, mastery of the organ, extensive knowledge of Gregorian chant
and the sacred choral repertoire, a familiarity with English plainsong
resources, an understanding of and familiarity with the liturgical
tradition and documents of the Roman Catholic Church, and effective
pedagogical and communication skills.

The College is home to two
organs: a 63 rank, 3 manual Mascioni organ in the main chapel, and a 6
rank, one manual Wech organ in the crypt chapel. The Casa Santa Maria
also houses a 10 rank Cavaillé-Coll organ.

Besides a base salary
and medical benefits, housing will also be provided in an apartment at
the College, which is close to St. Peter’s Basilica.

Please send
cover letter, resume, at least three references, and two recordings—one
organ piece and one choral piece both in Mp3 format— to Fr. Kurt
Belsole, O.S.B., Director of Liturgical Formation, at [email protected]


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