Position title
Director of Music and Organist

General Job Description:

The Director of Music and Organist is a professional who holds specialized credentials in music and who has a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy. This person of faith is responsible for the effective planning, coordination, and execution of music within the liturgical celebrations of the parish. This is a part-time, exempt, salaried position estimated at 12 hours per week.


  • Lead the adult choir for 2 Masses each weekend per month.
  • Oversee the training and scheduling of song leaders/cantors.
  • Select music for each Mass under guidance of Church tradition and liturgical season.
  • Direct music/choirs for Sunday Masses and any feast days or special Masses as assigned.
  • Provide organ accompaniment and instrumental material for all Masses as assigned.
  • Provide organ and vocal music for special parish devotions., i.e. St. Joseph feast day, St. Martha’s feast day, and anniversary dedication of the church.
  • Curate and maintain an orderly music library, and maintain the parish's copyright law compliance as it pertains to said library, as well as other printed and performed music via OneLicense, CCLI, etc.
  • Manage discretionary budget as allotted for music needs such as choir garb, music, etc.
  • Direct music for nuptial and requiem Masses.
  • Meet and maintain compliance with the Diocese of Nashville’s policies on Safe Environments for Children, and ensure that any volunteers associated with the music program will comply with those Diocesan policies.
  • Other duties as assigned in consultation with the Pastor.
  • Willingness to budget for and develop a plan to upgrade musical equipment.

Parish Profile:

St. Martha’s Catholic Church is a parish in the Diocese of Nashville, under the leadership of Bishop Spalding. Fr. Benjamin Butler is the pastor of St. Martha’s, a community of 75 families with a weekly attendance spread over 3 Masses, including a Saturday anticipated Mass with no musical accompaniment, a 9:30 am Mass Sunday morning with chanted Propers and organ accompaniment, and a 1:30 pm Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

St. Martha’s is located in Ashland City, a modestly sized city located on the banks of the Cumberland between Nashville and Clarksville.

St. Martha’s parish currently features a Baldwin Piano & Organ Model C70T digital organ and 1 adult choirs. The parish is looking for opportunities to acquire a new digital, pipe, or hybrid organ in the future under the guidance of the DoM.

Parish musical offerings are focused primarily on chant, but within the theological and musical Traditions of the Church, varying from hymnody to plainchant and polyphony. Familiarity with a wide range of styles is desirable, but particular knowledge of Gregorian Chant is necessary from our next Director of Music and Organist.

Compensation for funeral and nuptial Masses will come from individual/family planning said Mass. Extra time for Holy Week will also be compensated $20/hr.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • This role requires a combination of education and experience in Sacred Music; music degrees, certifications, colloquium/conference attendance, performance experience, work experience, and liturgical knowledge will all be considered in assessing a candidate’s fitness for the role.
  • Thorough knowledge of Catholic liturgy and the Church’s patrimony of sacred music.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Gregorian Chant, Renaissance polyphony, organ improvisation, and choral conducting.
  • Experience with and knowledge of the both the Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form (EF) of the Mass is preferred. Training in the EF can be provided in the parish.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Leadership aptitude.
  • Proficiency in basic computing (e.g. Microsoft Office applications, email, etc.).
  • Commitment to model the values of the Catholic Church.
Beginning of employment
As soon as possible
Job Location
Ashland City, TN
Date posted
April 12, 2021

For detailed job description contact Father Ben Butler at fr.butler@stmarthas.org. Phone: 615-541-5061.

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