Assistant Liturgical Musician and Chapel Organist (Program Manager I)

Posted Date 2 months ago(6/2/2021 8:32 PM)
Number of Openings
Closing Date
Open until Filled
Type of Search
Who May Apply
This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Position Number
St Paul
Office for Pastoral Care & Worship
FLSA Status
Employment Type
Part-Time Staff
Assigned Months per Year
Benefits Eligible


The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Assistant Liturgical Musician and Chapel Organist (Program Manager I).


The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.  We welcome applicants of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experience, physical and intellectual abilities, and financial means. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. This commitment is consistent with our mission to inspire our students, using the Catholic intellectual tradition, to think critically, work skillfully, and act wisely – all for the common good.  A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.



The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
  • A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision options
  • Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits


The part-time Assistant Liturgical Musician and Chapel Organist at the University of Saint Thomas works collaboratively to support and enhance the liturgies of the campus community at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas through quality and professional music. The chapel musician must be faith-filled, with an understanding of worship, and its needs in an academic setting. The ALM/CO should be flexible, punctual, organized, and have the ability to work both independently and with students, professional staff and volunteer ministers. Accompanist for the Liturgical Choir consists of two rehearsals per week.


The part-time position requires an average of 25 hours a week during the academic year and reduced hours in January and during the summer. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Primary Organist/Pianist for the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass (year-round), 5:30 PM Saturday Mass (during the academic year), Solemnities, and University Liturgies (e.g., Opening Mass, Commencement Mass)
  • Primary accompanist for the Liturgical Choir

(Right of first refusal for organist at chapel weddings which is paid separately.)



  • Train and accompany rehearsals with cantors for weekend and special liturgies
  • Mentor, train and rehearse with additional instrumentalists and accompanists for University Masses and special liturgies
  • Supervise student music assistants in planning and preparing music for daily and weekend Masses and special liturgies
    • Prepare cantor’s binders and musician’s binders, which includes copying the appropriate music from approved sources
  • In the absence of the liturgist, supervise liturgical logistics
  • Four hours each week will be used for organ rehearsal and preparation for weekend liturgy in compliance with the guidelines from the American Guild of Organists
  • Participation in Chapel Arts series planning and execution
  • Participation in Campus Ministry meetings and events


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three years of piano/organ accompanist experience
  • Must be proficient with the keyboard
  • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends as well as maintain a flexible work schedule

An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Piano/organ accompanist experience in a church setting
  • A Master’s degree in Music Performance or Liturgical Music


On the University of St. Thomas Jobs page, follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes uploading a resume and answering two job specific questions (in lieu of a cover letter).


In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website at


The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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