Diocese of Austin Catholic Parishes
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full Time

Job Summary:

The Principal Organist contributes to the liturgy by providing professional level organ music, and by collaborating with the Pastor and Director of Sacred Music in the overall music program at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church and School. This position reports directly to the Director of Sacred Music and operates with some latitude for the use of independent judgment and initiative.

Essential Job Duties:


1.1 Weekend/School worship services throughout the year as established by the Pastor & Director of Sacred Music

-Friday 8am School Mass (per the St. Louis Catholic School calendar)

-Saturday 5pm Vigil Mass

-Sunday Masses: 9:30am (Traditional English), 11:30am (Contemporary/English), 1:30 (Contemporary/Spanish)

-First Sunday evening of the month: Vespers with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. 5pm call/7pm Vespers

1.2 All required mid-week Masses/Services where organ and/or piano will be the principal instrument (e.g, Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, etc.)

1.3 Accompanist for all scheduled weekly rehearsals for King's Choir, Cecilia Singers, Coro Emmanuel, Children's Choir

-Wednesday 4pm-5:30pm Children's Choir (only as needed, tbd with the Director of Sacred Music)

-Wednesday 7:15-9pm King's Choir

-Thursday 6-7pm Cecilia Singers

-Thursday 7:30-9pm Coro Emmanuel

1.4 Planning and playing for Weddings, Funerals, Confirmations throughout the year, which may include meetings with bridal couples or families preparing for funerals. This includes review and updating any online planning forms used for weddings and funerals. Weddings and Funerals are compensated directly from the family holding the Mass/service.

1.5 Playing for any major Diocesan events, such as Ordinations or Diocesan Celebrations.

1.6 For any absences, it is expected that the Principal Organist will contract and prepare a suitable substitute to cover any musical commitments to be missed.

1.7 The Principal Organist is tasked with cultivating, preparing, and presenting high quality works of the great organ master composers from the Canon, as well as fostering works by new composers, which support the Catholic liturgy and worship environment. The organist should also have a wide range of musical repertoire, historical styles, and performance practice in their training and knowledge. Ample practice time will be preserved for the organist for study and preparation. With the exception of the penitential seasons of Lent and Advent, an organ prelude and postlude will be expected for the 9:30 Mass. Preludes and postludes for the other Masses will be determined in collaboration with the musical director of each of those Masses and the Director of Sacred Music.

1.8 Strong proficiency in improvisation is required. This can take the form of improvisation on a hymn melody, musical bridges between hymn verses, figured bass, or musical extensions in Mass that may be needed to underlay liturgical action.

1.9 Strong proficiency in sight reading will be expected. Even if an accompaniment cannot be read perfectly, it is expected that an accurate representation of the music can be presented, thereby allowing the ensemble to continue preparation without hesitancy.

1.10 Ability to read choral open score is necessary. Accurate reading in 2 and 3 voices is required. Accurate open score reading in 4 voices would be appreciated.

1.11 Transposition at sight would be appreciated. These would be transpositions in small intervals only ( or whole step at most)

1.12 Substitute bell player for the Ambrose Ringers when needed

1.13 Substitute directing in the Music Ministry as needed

1.14 Participation as a featured instrumentalist in the Friend's of the King's Music concert series when scheduled

1.15 Support the various directors in their encouragement, recruitment, and retention of ensemble members

1.16 Additional rehearsals as needed for Staff Singers, volunteers, brass ensembles, etc. to be determined by the Director of Sacred Music

2. ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES (general summary, and specific content/responsibilities are variable to be determined by the Director of Sacred Music)

2.1 Assist the Director of Sacred Music with the following:

-Weekly maintenance of the music library, and this may include the assistance of volunteers.

-Organization and set-up/tear down of chairs, music stands, etc. as needed

-Management, planning, execution of the Friend's of the Kings Music concert series.

-Booking of any interested community organizations who wish to use the Chapel/Nave for performances

-Development of short and long term plans for care and possible expansion of the 3 organs at St. Louis

-Maintenance of all instruments on campus: 3 organs, acoustic/electric pianos, handbells/chimes, tower bells, electronic carillon, etc.

-Work closely with the Director of Sacred Music to ensure an appropriate, consistent liturgical experience.

-Any other tasks for the organization of the Music Ministry, to be determined by the Director of Sacred Music.

2.2 Attendance at required meetings

-Weekly organizational meeting with the Director of Sacred Music

-Organizational meetings with the music directors in the Music Ministry

-Weekly Staff Formation meeting, as led by the Pastor

-Liturgy Committee meetings

-Any additional meetings to be determined by the Pastor, C.O.O., or Director of Sacred Music.

2.3 Communicate with the Director of Sacred Music on any accommodations needed to perform the job.

2.4 Maintain a work schedule that maximizes availability to staff and parishioners.

2.5 Maintain a neat and orderly work and music space, e.g offices, organ consoles, etc.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the structure and basic teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Knowledge of Catholic sacred music.
  • Proficiency in working with (but not limited to) the following programs: Gmail, Office Suite (Excel, Powerpoint, Word, etc), Google Drive, Google Calendar, Asana, and any respective accompanying phone apps. For any lack of experience, it is expected that the employee will seek whatever training and assistance is necessary to become proficient in programs/applications used at St. Louis.
  • Proficiency in verbal, non-verbal communication, written composition, and active listening skills.
  • Ability and interest in working as a positive team member with colleagues and members of the church community
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service and work effectively with staff, clergy, religious and laity.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and utilize effective time management techniques.
  • Ability to follow instructions furnished in verbal or written format.
  • Ability to proficiently communicate in English (conversing, reading, and writing).

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Trainings:

  • A Bachelor's degree in music from an accredited American university or equivalent in a foreign country.


  • Five (5) years' experience as a church organist.


  • Valid Texas driver's license.
  • Must maintain compliance with the Diocese of Austin Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM) policies throughout the employment period.

Ministerial Character

The Pastor is the visible principle and foundation of unity in the parish (St. Louis King of France Catholic Church and School Austin, Texas) which the Bishop has entrusted to him. He makes Christ's mission present and enduring in the parish. In order to fulfill his mission, the Pastor employs suitable, chosen collaborators (clerics, religious, or lay people). He shares with them his mission and entrusts various responsibilities to them.

Positions employed at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church and School Austin, Texas help to extend the ministry of the Pastor in particular ways as outlined in the job description. Therefore, the employee in this position is closely connected to, and assists the Pastor in, the performance of his ministry and thereby engages in ministry for the Church.

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