Director of Music Ministry
Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church (Los Angeles)
10750 Ohio Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
The Director of Music Ministry is a professional who holds specialized credentials in music and who has a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy and the mission of the parish community, “Wherever you are in your faith journey, you are welcome here.” The parish mission flows from the Paulist Fathers’ Mission Direction Statement of reconciliation, evangelization, and ecumenism/inter-faith relations. In these missionary contexts, the Director of Music Ministry is responsible for the collaborative planning, coordination, and execution of music within the liturgical celebrations of the parish and public performances of sacred music.
“…Every liturgical celebration…is a sacred action surpassing all others” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, #7). “Among the many signs and symbols used by the Church to celebrate its faith, music is of preeminent importance…Music should assist the assembled believers to express and share the gift of faith that is within them, and strengthen their interior commitment of faith” (Music in Catholic Worship, #23).
The Director of Music reports directly to the Pastor.
Work schedule includes Saturdays and Sundays and all major Catholic holy days and may include major public holidays.
The Director of Music Ministry possesses the qualities common to all pastoral ministers and is a person of prayer, collaborative with fellow staff members and lay leadership, sensitive to the cultural experience of parishioners, and understands their spirituality and worship life.
In addition to the competencies and skills needed by all pastoral ministers, the Director of Music:
* is knowledgeable of and comfortable with Church music literature in all forms and styles for the congregation, choirs (adult, teen, and children), vocalists, and instrumentalists.
* is proficient in liturgical principles.
* possesses a thorough understanding of the musical, liturgical, and pastoral judgments that must be made in selecting music for the liturgy.
* is proficient in at least one performance area (e.g., keyboard, choral, voice).
spends 4 – 5 hours per week in instrumental practice time.
In addition to the training for all pastoral ministers, the Director of Music possesses minimally, a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent. The equivalent of a Master’s Degree in music and liturgy is preferred.
He or she also maintains membership in the AGO and/or the National Pastoral Musicians Conference and develops personal and professional skills by taking courses and/or participating in non-degree workshops and conferences that are generally related to their work, the mission of pastoral liturgy, and the future direction of music in the church.