Job Opportunity: Collaborative Liturgical Accompanist

Organization

Founded in 1855, St. Ignatius Parish is a welcoming and inclusive Catholic community. A Jesuit parish, we are called to be companions of Jesus. We come together through Word and Sacrament to grow in our relationship with God and to find the inspiration, desire and strength to be men and women for others. We seek to find God in all things by deepening our faith, listening with discerning and joyful hearts, and actively serving the poor and suffering, all for the greater glory of God.

Position

St Ignatius Parish is seeking a part-time Collaborative Liturgical Accompanist to be the primary liturgical accompanist for 3-4 weekend Masses, special liturgies (e.g. Holy Week and Christmas), weddings and funerals. The Collaborative Liturgical Accompanist (CLA) will work with a sense of ministerial attentiveness, and a sensitivity to the liturgy as a unique endeavor combining many different aspects of human experience and expression. The CLA will bring a spiritual and creative energy to the role, demonstrating the ability to collaborate with the Director of Liturgy and Music in executing music for liturgy, giving pedagogical direction to music ministers, and some technological skills in the realm of recording, video editing, and simple website updating.  

The ideal candidate will be an accomplished instrumentalist (both piano and organ experience) and vocalist, with outstanding communication and organizational skills. Ultimately the CLA is a person who can work with musicians of all skill levels to produce an excellent liturgical outcome, a person able to build relationships and trust among all the musicians they encounter in a variety of situations.  

The successful candidate must be a practicing Christian familiar with Roman Catholic Tradition and Liturgy as well as with Jesuit Spirituality and Values.  

Primary Responsibilities:

-Developing and leading music at the Parish’s weekend Masses. These liturgy times are in transition due to COVID, but could eventually include Saturday 5pm; Sunday 10am and 5pm (this schedule is subject to flexibility and change depending on the availability of other accompanists and musicians).

-Working closely with the Director of Liturgy and Music, collaborating to plan rehearsal times, sectionals and vocal coaching sessions as needed.

-Working closely with the Director of Liturgy and Music on long-term repertoire development to foster a robust singing assembly and engaged body of Music Ministers.

-Identifying, recruiting and cultivating the gifts of other musicians within the parish community.

-Providing music during Holy Week and Christmas liturgies, sometimes as the primary musician or vocalist and sometimes as support to other musicians and vocalists.

-Providing and coordinating worship/music resources for weddings and funerals.

-Creating a weekly worship aid for liturgies.

-Working with the Director of Liturgy & Music recruiting and developing volunteers for music and worship ministries, including singers, musicians, and worship media.

The expectation is that the Collaborative Liturgical Accompanist will be present 44 out of 52 Sundays a year, as well as Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday, Christmas and Christmas Eve. Attendance at rehearsals and regular meetings with the Director of Liturgy and Music and pastoral staff will also be expected. Vacation timing should be coordinated well in advance with the Director of Liturgy and Music.

Education & Experience

-Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in music.

-4+ years of experience in church-based music ministry.

-Experience working in a larger church setting with multiple staff, musical ensembles, and worship services.

-Blended rate of $40/hr. to cover on weekly average 5 hours of rehearsal, 3 hours of Mass, 5 hours of administration. First right-of-refusal for weddings and funerals at the accompanying rate of $150/hr. Opportunity for increased hours around the seasons of Christmas and Easter.

Please submit a cover letter, and resume to Maggie Warner, Director of Liturgy and Music, mwarner2@usfca.edu, subject line “Collaborative Liturgical Accompanist.”

Finalists audition will include an interview as well as accompanying a rehearsal and a Mass.