Catholic Music Director Pianist or Organist

Buckley AFB Chapel Musicians

22 Aug 2019

Buckley AFB Chapel


Director and Lead Musician


The successful candidate for this position will be a 1099 contractor with Music Ministry International and be responsible for the following:

1. Title. Music Director for the Catholic Worship Community, herein called “Music Director,” consults, coordinates with and is monitored by the Resources and Requirements Catholic Priest or Designee.

2. Scope of Responsibilities. Music Director provides the music activities for the Catholic Worship Service. The Music Director shall provide labor and management to support the responsibilities outlined within this PWS. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to playing, practicing, and scheduling music for the various Catholic worship services in collaboration with the Catholic Priest.

2.1. Director services shall be required for rehearsals, liturgies, and special liturgies.

2.1.1. Special liturgies include but are not limited to: memorial masses, funeral liturgies, combined services, faith specific holidays, and occasional support for special events. These special liturgies could occur on any day of the week, to include week days.

3. Education and Experience. Music Director shall:

3.1. Have 2 or more years of college in music performance (or related field), or equivalent years of related experience in a chapel/church setting. The director must have experience and knowledge playing traditional Catholic music.

3.2. Be able to sight-read, improvise, and play music.

3.3. Possess the ability to develop and maintain a healthy and positive relationship with volunteers.

3.4. Be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking English in order to perform all responsibilities outlined within the PWS.

3.5. Have experience operating and troubleshooting sound systems.

4. General Responsibilities. Music Director shall:

  4.1. Provide director support for the Catholic worship service at Buckley Air Force Base Chapel.

4.2. Provide support for a minimum of 1 rehearsals and 1 worship service each week for the Catholic Service.

4.3. Sing and lead congregation in worship.

4.4. Play an instrument appropriate for accompanying Catholic worship.

4.5. Prepare music in keeping with the respective liturgy worship service.

4.6. Organize and lead a choir.

4.6. Collaborate musical selections with the Catholic Priest and designated music accompanist.

4.7. Lead the choir and congregation in worship.

4.8. Coordinate all support requirements with the Catholic Priest or their designated representative.

4.9. Assist the Catholic Priest or their designated representative in developing the following in regards to Music Director Programs as appropriate: annual calendar of events, Chapel Tithes and Offerings Fund budget, appropriated fund budget, and core volunteer training requirements.

4.10. Return any and all United States (U.S.) Government owned music scores and equipment obtained in the performance of the required duties following the last service provided under the contract.

4.11. Not engage in the unauthorized duplication of copyrighted materials by photocopying or any other means that would expose the Government to liability for penalties under existing or future copyright laws.

4.12. Provide a temporary replacement due to leave of absence of sickness/illness as necessary to ensure 100% coverage for all responsibilities listed within this PWS. The replacement shall meet or exceed the qualifications of the Music Director. This shall be coordinated with and approved by the Deputy Wing Chaplain and/or their designee at the start of Music Director’s performance of approved replacement.

4.13. Ensure that all facilities used are properly secured, to include all doors and windows, following the conclusion of all rehearsals and worship services. In addition, the Music Director will ensure applicable music equipment (to include cords, microphones, DI boxes) are properly stored following each rehearsal and worship service.

4.14. Request and maintain all supplies and resources necessary for running the Catholic music program.

5. Specific Responsibilities. Music Director shall:

5.1. Arrive at least 60 minutes prior to the beginning of all services and 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each rehearsal. Adequate preparation must be made for the worship service to include musical warm up, review and correct (if applicable) all visual media (e.g., Microsoft PowerPoint presentation of musical arrangements for worship service), in coordination with the audio visual volunteer testing of sound equipment including sound checks of microphones.

5.2. Submit purchase/repair requests as needed for support of the music program to the Catholic Priest or their designated representative.

5.3. Be accountable for opening and securing any facilities used for rehearsals, and ensuring any space utilized is left in a clean and professional appearance.

5.4. Maintain a professional attitude and environment to include hygiene and appearance.

5.5. Select music that is consistent with the nature of the designated liturgy.

5.6. Provide arranged, improved, and/or scored music as appropriate for compatibilitywith the type of liturgy or other functions of the Catholic Priest’s program at which it was rendered.

5.7. Attend weekly meetings identified by the Catholic Priest or their designee regarding music support.

5.8. Provide lyrics and ensure proper formatting as needed for all liturgies as required.

5.9. Set up all sound system requirements and ensure they are powered and working correctly for all liturgies or events, to include rehearsals and performances.

5.10. Complete facility requests, as required, to reserve chapel facilities IAW local Chapel Operating Instructions (460 SW/HC OI 52-101). When completing facility requests, all facility requests must be approved by the Wing Chaplain or his/her designee before assuming space has been reserved for Catholic Music activities.

6. Criminal History Background Check. Music Director shall:

6.1. Submit completed background check applications to the Chaplain Corps background check program manager for processing.

Interested Candidates are requested to forward their resume together with three references from individuals who can attest to the candidate’s good work and steadiness.  Candidates who do not possess the specific attributes/qualifications in "3. Education and Experience" above need not apply. This is a part-time position with compensation based on budget and the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications..   

Apply online at this job board or you may apply directly at: (scroll down to “Buckley”).  Your application must include three (3) references including one priest or pastor who can attest to your abilities as they relate to this job posting.  References must include: name, title, organization, relationship to you, email address (necessary field) and phone number.