Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

The Organist-Choirmaster at Blessed Sacrament is responsible for managing all aspects of our comprehensive music program in order to facilitate the full and active participation of the congregation in the liturgical life of the church. The primary skills required for this position are an advanced proficiency in organ performance in a liturgical setting and music planning and directing skills.

The new Organist-Choirmaster will also help select a new Allen organ for the parish. The current organ is over 45 years old and is due for replacement. The Organist-Choirmaster will serve on the committee to oversee the selection of the new organ, and will work closely with the Allen representative from Fox Music House in designing the new instrument.

This is a salaried, full-time position. Please submit your resume and cover letter with salary expectations.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Organ with a strong proficiency in accompanying choirs and cantors and leading congregational singing from the organ console
• Minimum basic organ skills: Excellent technique on manuals and pedals, excellent registration skills, understanding of organ literature from various periods of composition, understanding of the organ’s role in Catholic liturgy, ability to transpose without use of a transposer knob, ability to play with conviction in a manner that elicits strong congregational singing, ability to play all music required for Masses, as well as strong skills playing classical literature for weddings and funerals
• Experience directing choirs and cantors in a Catholic church
• Experience and proficiency at the piano
• Minimum 5 years experience in a similar position at another church

Responsibilities:
• Plan all musical liturgies
• Select and train all choir members and cantors
• Conduct weekly structured time-efficient choir and cantor rehearsals
• Research and select music for all liturgies and services and prepare musical accompaniment
• Plan music for and play at funerals and weddings; this includes securing cantors for these services
• Direct and perform music at 4 weekend Masses, all Holy Days, parish retreats, Penance services, and any other parish-sponsored events that require music

To apply for this job email your details to lroberson@charlestondiocese.org