Director of Music | St. Jude and Our Lady of Lourdes Parishes

Music Program

St. Jude and Our Lady of Lourdes Parishes consists of 2 parishes, in Columbiana and East Palestine, respectively. The music programs consist of 90% volunteer musicians. At St. Jude Parish, the music program consists of cantors (5) and a volunteer adult choir. The choir is composed of 8 members and is Tenor/Bass heavy. The parish is in the process of installing a new 3-manual Allen organ. Our Lady of Lourdes parish consists of cantors (4) and a choir composed of 10 members. Both parishes currently use the St. Michael Hymnal. The parishes are currently served by a Director of Music at both parishes, this will be replaced by 1 individual.

Overview of Responsibilities

The responsibilities include (10 hours per week):

  • Accompany the Sunday liturgies: 4:00, 11:00 (St. Jude), and 8:30 (Our Lady), and additional holy days throughout the year (such as: Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, etc.).
  • Direct and rehearse the choirs at both parishes (academic year).
  • Rehearse cantors to facilitate their role in helping the congregation sing.
  • Recruit competent cantors and choir members.
  • Schedule cantors and additional musicians
  • Work closely with the Pastor to plan and review the liturgical repertoire.
  • Coordinate liturgical music for weddings and other sacramental celebrations.
  • Attend staff meetings and collaborate effectively with the parish staff.
  • Be informed about current liturgical guidelines and principles as they apply to liturgical music.

Those interested in applying or seeking further information can contact the pastor, Fr. David Misbrener, D.Min.,

Background clearances and safe environment training required.

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