Associate Director of Music and Organist (or Organ Scholar, a one-year residency) (Madison, Wisconsin)

Date Posted: 
April 24, 2022
Organization Name: 
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church
Salary Range: 
$50,000 - $60,000; commensurate upon experience and education
Job Description: 

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church is a dedicated and faithful parish community, located on the west side of Madison, Wisconsin. Since our foundation in 1959, our parish family has grown to 2,500 families and counting.  St. Maria Goretti is an active and vibrant community through our school, faith formation initiatives, outreach programs, and parish life ministries.

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church Music Ministry offers a comprehensive vocal and choral music education program for students and adults, an active concert series, choral scholarships, and unique performance opportunities both locally and internationally.  Through fine repertoire, advanced vocal and musical education, prayer, and a positive learning environment, members of the parish music ministry develop life-long values which enhance their spiritual lives and the people to whom they minister.   Repertoire for each liturgy is drawn from a wide range of liturgical music from throughout the ages: Gregorian chant, traditional hymnody, Renaissance Masses and motets, orchestral Masses, and music from the Anglican choral tradition. St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church is also a proud member of the Royal School of Church Music and educates our choristers utilizing the VOICE for LIFE training scheme.

As ministers of the word through music, the music ministry is dedicated to providing leadership in the worship of God and in the proclamation of God’s word. In turn, we strive to present superiority in the artistic training and Christian formation of youth and adults and to enrich the cultural life of the community.

The Associate Director of Music & Organist will assist Director of Music in the administrative, educational, liturgical, and performance life of the St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church and School (SMG) Music Ministry. The position of Associate Director of Music, with responsibilities divided between the Church and the School, requires an exceptional organist and choral director who can provide outstanding liturgical organ playing (including choral and congregational accompaniment, organ works, and improvisations); train child choristers and Choral Scholars; develop, recruit, train, and direct 1-2 musical ensembles (as assigned), teach music theory and history, and share in the administrative workload of the Ministry. Ample time is set aside for organ practice and some flexibility may be granted to accommodate a recital career.

As the SMG Music Ministry is growing at a faster rate than anticipated, the Parish will be replacing its existing instrument with a new Allen RL-66 (w/ Apex technology) digital organ that will be installed in April 2022.  The Pastor and Director of Music, however, are committed to the eventual purchase and installation of a pipe organ.  The Associate Director of Music and Organist will play a vital role in the selection and design of a future instrument. 


  • Provide service music for weekly and daily liturgies including Holy Days of Obligation.
  • Accompany choral ensembles for all events, rehearsals, and liturgies
  • Rehearse and/or direct choirs in absence of the Director of Music
  • Provides music education (music theory, composition, and music history) in parish school.
  • Recruit, train, and direct 1-2 musical ensembles, as assigned
  • Manage the production of worship materials, the choir library, and other administrative tasks.
  • Assist the Director of Music with liturgical planning, artistic development, educational and community outreach including the continued development of a concert series, chorister recruitment, fundraising, communications, and other duties as assigned.

The Associate Director of Music for Music Education reports directly to the Director of Music.  This position also works in collaboration with the Assistant Director of Music for Music Education, and the administrative staff of the Parish and School.


  • Annual Salary: $50,000-$60,000, commensurate with experience
  • Weddings and funerals for are remunerated separately
  • Three (3) weeks paid vacation - not to be taken during Advent – Dec. 25 or during Holy Week – Easter Sunday
  • Generous benefit package including: health/dental/vision insurance, health savings account, continuing education fund, sick leave, retirement fund contribution


  • Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance or Sacred/Liturgical Music
    • Master of Music (in organ performance or sacred/liturgical music preferred)
    • Experience as a music educator is highly preferred
  • Knowledge and understand of Catholic liturgical traditions and customs
  • Exceptional abilities as an organist and piano accompanist
  • Exceptional sight-reading abilities
  • Strong organization, communication, and problem solving skills
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills to work with wide variety of personalities
  • Must be flexible and able to work days, evenings, and weekends as needed
  • Willingness to support the mission of the Roman Catholic Church

START DATE: July 1, 2022 (or another date as mutually agreed upon)

JOB TYPE: Full Time (year-round)

Please send a cover letter, resume/CV, and links to recordings that demonstrate your organ skills as a soloist, accompanist, and/or liturgical musician (if possible), and contact information for 3-5 references (references will only be contacted if you are considered a finalist for the position).  Applicants may submit the aforementioned materials to Director of Music, Marco Antonio Melendez, at

Pending a review of your materials, semi-finalists will be invited to complete a Skype or Facetime interview.  Finalists will be invited to an in person interview and musical audition.  The selected candidate must complete a criminal background check and VIRTUS training prior to being offered a letter of employment.