Catholic Music Director Pianist Cantor

Naval Base Coronado Chapel Musicians

01 Sep 2021

Naval Base Coronado Chapel


Pianist Vocalist


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


Music is an essential element in Roman Catholic worship. Services of the Music Director/Pianist/Cantor will include the selection of music appropriate to the liturgical seasons in consultation with the Chaplain/Contract Religious Ministry Professional (CRMP) who presides at the service. Also important is the recruitment and training of choir members for participation at Mass.


Development and delivery of a proposed plan of special music arranged from outside sources, as deemed appropriate and necessary during the church year, in order to provide musical presentations at each worship service.


• Professional Experience: Evidence of a Bachelor’s Degree in music or church music; an acceptable equivalent in place of such a degree would be at least three year experience in playing for Roman Catholic worship services and understanding of Catholic liturgy.

• It is desirable that the music director has previous experience in working with military chapels.

• Must uphold and adhere to the highest standards of personal conduct, morals and ethics for a professional and must always be conscious of the trusted position they hold and the reputation they embodies as a music director of the NBC Religious Ministries’ Program.

• Ability to direct choral music, evidenced by a minimum of three years’ experience.

• Ability to play the piano and act as cantor for a variety of church hymns and music as found in the prescribed Roman Catholic worship aides.


The Music director/Vendor is directly responsible for ensuring the accuracy, timeliness and completion of all tasks and deliverables. This requirement enables the means to achieve reliable, sustainable, seamless, cost effective and timely delivery of services.

4.1 Possess an understanding of military customs, courtesies, traditions, protocol, and honors rendered in conjunction with military ceremonies.

4.1.2 Must demonstrate ability to interact with people from all socio-economic backgrounds, military, their family members, sexual orientation and/or civilians.

4.1.3 The music director shall provide Catholic Music as defined by the presiding Chaplain/CRMP for the service. Liaison with the Senior Installation Chaplain for planning and coordination of music is required.


5.1 Development and delivery of a proposed plan of special music arranged from liturgical sources, as deemed appropriate and necessary during the church year, in order to provide musical presentations at each worship service.

5.1.2 Twice each Sunday (for 52 Sunday’s) and provide musical accompaniment during Sunday services and congregational singing. Also provide prelude, postlude, choir selections, and hymns during the regular worship service on Sunday and other such services as may be scheduled by the on-site Roman Catholic Chaplain/CRMP.

Special occasion services such as Thanksgiving, Penance Services, etc., up to a total of

15 per year as agreed upon with the presiding Roman Catholic Chaplain/CRMP.

Christmas Eve/Day Ash Wednesday Mass

Holy Thursday/Good Friday services Holy days of obligation Masses

Command memorial/funeral services, weddings projected

Easter Vigil and Holy Week Observances

5.1.3. The music director will provide and coordinate all programming with the assigned Catholic Chaplain/CRMP during planning meetings – maximum of six. Be available to meet for liturgical planning sessions (a minimum of one hour, once a month).

5.1.4. The music director will provide quality music appropriate to the Liturgical season in consultation with the Chaplain/CRMP who presides at the service.

5.1.5 Recruit, coordinate and sustain a volunteer choir, which will be present at every Divine

Service, unless excused by the Catholic Chaplain/CRMP.

5.1.6 Provide choir practice one hour in the evening, once a week for 52 weeks, as well as accompaniment for the choir rehearsals, including the rehearsal of congregational hymns.

Perform a 30 minute choir rehearsal prior to each worship service.

5.1.7 Coordinate use of chapel and classroom facilities for choir rehearsals.

5.1.8 On-going flexibility and the ability to work well with the chapel staff and family members.

5.1.9 Success in providing quality customer services and support skills to the Catholic Chaplain/CRMP and Catholic community.

5.2.0 The music director shall provide Catholic Pianist Music and lead in song for a variety of church hymns and music found in prescribed Catholic missals and lectionaries.

5.2.1 The music director will provide and coordinate with all programming with the assigned

Catholic Chaplain/CRMP, and will schedule music using the church calendar, i.e., Advent, Lent,

Easter, Divine Services, Weddings Funerals, Memorial Services any special occasion services.

5.2.2 Manage religious hymnals/song books and other program materials.

5.2.3 Assist the Catholic Chaplain/CRMP in coordinating and scheduling musical events for religious groups present at the Installation.

5.2.4 In the event that the music director is incapable of performing the duties and responsibilities outlined in this statement of work due to personal emergency or illness the music director is responsible for obtaining the services of a sub-music director that is qualified to perform the required services. Since this will be a third party arrangement for services the music director will handle all payment issues to the sub-music director outside the scope of this contract. The government reserves the right to a pre-award survey and interview to verify that the sub-music director used by the music director has the capability and technical excellence to perform the function outlined in this statement of work. If the absence is scheduled, the name of the replacement will be provided 15 days prior to absence except in case of an emergency when The Installation Chaplain and/or staff should be contacted immediately.

6. Hours of Operation: This position is ¼ time, no more than 12 hours per week.

7. Place of Performance: Work is performed at NB (NASNI/NAB)

8. Estimated initial contract length:  One year beginning October 1st.

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 ABILITIES" above need not apply. This is a part-time position with compensation based on budget and the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications..   

Apply directly at: (scroll down to “Naval Base Coronado Chapel”).  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. Depending on security software, candidates are requested to monitor spam folders for further application communications from MMI.