Canadian Martyrs Roman Catholic Church - Music Director


Job Summary

  • • Serve as Director of Music and Choir Conductor at Canadian Martyrs Parish (Hamilton, Ontario) for the Saturday evening 5:00 pm, Sunday morning 10:00 am and Sunday 12:00 noon Masses (Sunday 12:00 noon Mass September – April only), including Christmas and Holy Triduum celebrations.
  • • Plan, select and implement liturgically appropriate music.
  • • Weekly rehearsal of choirs.
  • • Work with parish choristers and musicians to ensure a high level of performance and proficiency with regards to music in the Liturgy.
  • • Actively coordinate the recruitment of new members to the Canadian Martyrs’ Choirs.
  • • Serve as primary contact and provide parish music policy guidelines for those seeking music for weddings, funerals, parish reconciliation services and other liturgies.
  • • Assist in the development of a music program that focuses on the full, active and conscious participation of the congregation in the liturgy.
  • • Remain current in regards to new developments in music and liturgical settings so as to serve as a resource to the pastor and choir.
  • • Monitor copyright restrictions and ensure appropriate licensing is maintained.
  • • Other duties as required.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • • Minimum Bachelor of Music degree (completed or in progress) or professional study in applied music.
  • • Minimum two years of experience in choral conducting; able to draw upon the treasured Catholic heritage of sacred music (both traditional and contemporary).
  • • Proficiency in piano and/or organ playing and knowledge of the use of instruments used with choirs.
  • • Strong interpersonal skills, including interaction with parishioners, clergy, parish staff, and other musicians and choristers, and the ability to empower people to sing.
  • • Knowledge about Roman Catholic liturgy.
  • • Organizational skills, including: music planning; coordinate music library maintenance; communication with choir members.
  • • Must be able to obtain a Police Security Check.
  • • Must be able to provide references upon request.

A three-month probationary period applies to all new employees.

We offer a competitive wage package with benefit coverage available through the Diocese.  Successful candidates will be required to work ten (10) hours per week.