Director of Liturgical Music

Sacred Heart Major Seminary2701 W Chicago BlvdDetroit, Michigan 48206
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Please submit resume and cover letter if interested:

Attention: Ann Marie Connolly, Director of Finance/Treasurer
Email: Mail: Sacred Heart Major Seminary
2701 Chicago Blvd. Detroit, MI 48206
Phone: 313-883-8587
Resume submission deadline is 03/31/2018. Position start date is July 1, 2018.

Position Description

The Director of Liturgical Music plans, coordinates, and executes the liturgical music program at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. The position includes, but is not limited to, the dual role of principal organist and director of choirs. The Director of Liturgical Music reports directly to the Director of Liturgy. Regular communication with the Director of Liturgy is necessary to receive regular input and feedback regarding liturgical music at seminary liturgies. The Director of Liturgical Music works with the administration, the staff, and other members of the music department in order to best serve the liturgical requirements of the seminary.

  • Prepare and rehearse choir(s) - the seminary choir rehearsal is an undergraduate class, meeting at 3:45 p.m. every Thursday
  • Select and prepare music for choir(s)
  • Follow procedures for ordering music and other supplies within the approved budget
  • Prepare and rehearse cantors 
  • Prepare and rehearse the chant schola (ad hoc)
  • Rehearse all seminarians regularly to strengthen liturgical singing and participation, generally before Sunday Morning Prayer (8:40 a.m.)
  • Prepare and execute liturgies
  • Choose appropriate music for choir(s)/schola for seminary liturgies
  • Print, or prepare for print, the programs for the major seminary liturgies
  • Play a prelude before worship begins and a postlude after all major liturgies -or- arrange the choir, schola, ensemble, or individuals to provide prelude music appropriate for the season of the church year
  • Submit to the Director of Liturgy: budget estimate for the upcoming budget year, including anticipated purchases for music, payment for outside musicians, and tuning and upkeep of instruments
  • Responsible for the care and maintenance of all instruments in the possession of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, including the Cassavant organ in the main c hapel, various pianos, a Taylor guitar, and any other instruments on the seminary campus
  • Inform Director of Liturgy and Dean of Studies of routine piano and organ maintenance and of special mechanical or technical problems that occur
  • Attend one continuing educational event each year that relates to needs of the Seminary (the fees to be paid by the Seminary within the allotment for professional expenses)
  • Be a member in good standing of the AGO, NPM, CMAA and/or other professional organizations.
  • Participate in yearly review process as outlined in the handbook
  • Plan and direct the Annual Christmas Concert


  • Weekday Liturgies: Monday -Thursday at 7:10 a.m. Friday liturgies are generally sung in Spanish under the direction of the Spanish-Choir Director. With few exceptions, Friday has generally been a day off for the Director of Liturgical Music
  • Saturday Evening Prayer at 5:15 p.m.
  • Sunday 9:00 Morning Prayer
  • Sunday 10:00 Morning Mass
  • Special Liturgies, including but not limited to: Installation of Ministries, generally two Friday evening liturgies in the Fall Semester; Solemnities, particularly the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8 
  • Prepare and execute liturgical music for Holy Thursday at the seminary 
  • Prepare and execute liturgical music for Good Friday at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral 
  • Ordination of Transitional Deaconate
  • Special Evening Prayers: including, but not limited to, Priest/Seminarian Dinner, Graduation Awards Dinner
  • Baccalaureate Mass


  • Doctorate in Organ/Sacred Music preferred
  • Minimum Requirement: Masters Degree in Organ/Sacred Music with extensive experience as a choral director or Master’s Degree in Choral Directing, highly proficient in organ as a solo instrument, as well as leading and supporting liturgical singing
  • Proficient in directing male choirs with extensive knowledge of Catholic choral repertoire for male choirs: TB, TTB, and TTBB
  • Proficient in teaching and directing Gregorian chant.
  • Knowledgeable of Catholic Church documents on Liturgy and on liturgical music
  • Knowledgeable of Traditional Catholic Liturgical Music repertoire
  • Able to employ the best of contemporary liturgical music written since the Second Vatican Council, staying away from the hymns/songs of questionable orthodoxy
The Archdiocese of Detroit is an equal opportunity employer that does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, height, weight, genetic information, marital or other legally protected status. Job ID:104384