Accompanist Job Description and Application

Current Accompanist openings are Saturday 5pm Mass and Substitutes.
Job Description

Accompany at Masses as needed

Primary Instrument-Piano  (could include organ)

Rehearsals are typically Monday or Wednesday evenings during the week and before Mass

Mass times are Saturday at 5:00 PM and Sunday at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 5:00 PM, and *8:00 PM (*when MU is in session)

Opportunity to accompany for special services as well (Christmas, Easter, Holy Days)

Requirements/Skills Needed:
Committed Christian (Roman Catholic preferred)

Organized and prepared for rehearsal/Mass

A team player who is collaborative and and a strong sense of shared ministry

Virtus training  (standardized procedures/policies for appropriate interaction with children; training is provided.)

Musical Requirements:
Ability to play written piano accompaniments for liturgical music including songs/hymns/choral pieces, in traditional and contemporary styles in an ensemble setting. (Music lists and copies of music will be provided at least a week before rehearsal)

Ability to play choral parts from the choir score for rehearsal purposes

Ability to improvise an accompaniment from “lead sheets” with chord markings

Improvisation/enhancement of written accompaniments  (i.e. making a “standard hymn” accompaniment pianistic)

Live interview/audition with the Director of Music & Liturgy

Additional Preferences:
Organ ability and/or willingness to develop

Ability and willingness to run a sectional rehearsal during normal rehearsal time.

A minimum of two weeks notification will be given to the Director of Music & Liturgy for a planned absence so that a substitute may be secured in a timely manner.  The expectation is that the accompanist is consistent, and thus repeated use of substitutes is a consideration for termination. In case of a medical emergency notice should be given to the Director of Music & Liturgy as soon as possible.

Holy Days, Christmas Masses, Easter Triduum services and concerts are considered separately since the schedule is different from a typical Sunday and additional rehearsal is normally necessary.

Stipend is $50 per week including both weekly  rehearsal and Mass

Payment is made bi-monthly

Supervisor is Director of Music & Liturgy

Evaluation will be conducted toward the end of each semester

This agreement may be terminated with two weeks written notice by the Director of Music & Liturgy after consultation with the Pastor or with two weeks notice by mutual agreement between the Accompanist and Director of Music & Liturgy




Current Accompanist openings are Saturday 5pm Mass and Substitutes.