Catholic Music Director Pianist Keyboardist

Ellsworth Air Force Base Chapel Musicians

15 Jul 2024

Ellsworth Air Force Base Chapel

Musicians

Pianist Keyboardist

1

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

1.1. SCOPE OF WORK: Non-Personal service for Catholic Music Services. Provides choir

and musicians for Catholic worship, liturgy, and rites. Music director/Submusic director will assist the

Wing Chaplain, Senior Faith group chaplains or individual appointed by the Wing Chaplain in

planning and executing religious music in support of commander-provided free-exercise of

religion opportunities at Ellsworth AFB, SD.

1.2. SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS: The Music director/Submusic director shall have a minimum of

four (4) years of experience leading proper liturgical musical support for Catholic Worship

service. Music director/Submusic director shall have available resources to provide music for a variety

musical styles. Music director/Submusic director personnel shall be able to work in a religiously

pluralistic environment and have a willingness to work with people of diverse faith expressions.

Music director/Submusic director personnel shall be able to clearly communicate in English and conduct

administrative requirements in verbal and written clarity as necessary. Music director/Submusic director

personnel must preserve any confidential issues seen or heard within the Chapel staff or facilities

and be able to have a professional working relationship with Chapel staff, the faith communities,

and other personnel to accomplish required duties. Must be a registered member of a Catholic

parish, as verified by a baptismal certificate. Additionally, must be living in full communion with

the Catholic Church & be able to participate fully in the sacramental life of the Church.

Music director/Submusic director cannot have a record of recent unsatisfactory contractual performance

as documented in the Music director Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS).

Music director/Submusic director past music service jobs must demonstrate knowledge and ability to

provide a suitable liturgical choir as well as all musical instruments and sound equipment and be

free of any job release due to unsatisfactory performance.

1.3. MUSIC DIRECTOR/MUSIC DIRECTOR/SUBMUSIC DIRECTOR SPECIFIC TASKS:

1.3.1 Coordinate with the Wing Chaplain and Senior Faith Group leaders to provide

musical support to worship, liturgies, and rites for Ellsworth AFB Catholic Services

at Black Hills Chapel, 1192 Foulis Ave, Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706.

1.3.2 Music director/Submusic director provides choir and musical support for one regular Catholic

Mass which is currently scheduled on Sundays at 0930. Additionally, the

Music director/Submusic director is to provide support during an estimated 20 special

Catholic Masses/Services/Funerals/Memorials/collaborated Catholic music events for

a total estimated amount of 72 services per year. The Music director/Submusic director will

be informed NLT 1 week prior to any special events needing Catholic music support.

Duration of each performance is approximately two (2) hours. The

Music director/Submusic director is responsible for all necessary preparations prior to each

service (approximately 60 minutes for familiarization with the music material).

Additionally, there will be a minimum of one rehearsal conducted per week for one

(1) hour.

1.3.3 Music director/Submusic director will organize, rehearse, and lead a choir for Catholic Mass.

Choir, at minimum, will include pianist and singer.

1.3.4 Funeral and Memorial Services and Rehearsals: The Music director/Submusic director is

responsible for the choir and musical support for memorial/funeral services, when

requested by the Wing Chaplain. Duration of each performance is approximately two

(2) hours. The Music director/Submusic director is responsible for all necessary preparation

prior to each service (approximately 30 minutes for familiarization with the music

material). Rehearsal will be coordinated with the presiding Chaplain or individual

appointed by the Wing Chaplain.

1.3.5 The Music director/Submusic director is responsible for providing a musician and choir

director (2 personnel required) who will assist in the selection of the appropriate

music for the Catholic Mass/service in collaboration with the Wing Chaplain or

individual appointed by the Wing Chaplain. All proposed music and instrumentation

will be provided in writing to the Wing Chaplain, Senior Faith Group Chaplain or

individual appointed by the Wing Chaplain no later than seven (7) duty days, prior to

the date of service. The Wing Chaplain or individual appointed by the Wing Chaplain

shall approve/disapprove selections within two (2) business days of submission.

1.3.6 Based on the Wing Chaplain approval, the Chaplain/Priest in charge of the service or

individual appointed by the Wing Chaplain will determine the suitability of the

music, musicians, singers, and instruments for that service in line with church

tradition and doctrine. The review/suitability determination will be done one week

prior to service. He/she will give the approval/disapproval for the music and

instrument selection. If one of the personnel listed above disapproves, he/she will be

required to provide the music services coordinator a recommendation. The

Music director/Submusic director will not use music, instruments, singers, or musicians the

Wing Chaplain or individual appointed by the Wing Chaplain has evaluated as not

suitable. The suitability of the music is determined by the sermon message of the

Priest in charge of the service.

1.3.7 Catholic Masses are currently scheduled for Sunday at 0930hrs, but subject to change.

Choir rehearsals will be coordinated and conducted weekly with the Wing Chaplain

or individual appointed by the Wing Chaplain for approval.

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 "1.2. SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS " 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: https://music-ministry.jobsoid.com (scroll down to “Ellsworth”) in order to expedite your application.  Your application requires providing reference information for (3) individuals 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.