Job Opportunity: Church of the Immaculate Conception, Port Jervis

The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Port Jervis, New York is seeking an Organist/Cantor/Choir Director to provide music at all required Masses, special observances including Christmas, Holy Week, Easter, Confirmation, First Communion and other services as indicated (Holy Days of Obligation). Right of first refusal for funerals and weddings.

Regular services include one Saturday evening Mass and two Sunday morning Masses. Volunteer adult and youth choirs rehearse weekly September to June. The Candidate must be able to work well with staff and the two choirs. Knowledge of Catholic Liturgy preferred as well as familiarity of all common traditional hymn styles and chant. The salary will be based on experience and the church budget. There is a 3 Manual Pipe Organ that is in excellent condition.

If interested, please send a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references to:

Reverend Father Matthew C. Newcomb

P.O. Box 712

Port Jervis, New York 12771

Fax: 845-858-8375

Job Opportunity: Divine Redeemer Church, Mount Carmel

Divine Redeemer Church in Mount Carmel is looking for a Choir Director/Organist. A job description is included below. For more information, please contact the parish office at 570-339-3450.

Choir Director/ Organist

A gross payment of $100.00 per choir Mass and $100.00 per choir rehearsal will be paid twice a month. The net payment will be minus taxes. Payment for up to thirteen additional choir rehearsals will be $70.00 each. Payment for non-choir Masses, when solicited, will be $70.00 each. Contract will allow for two unpaid vacation weeks, if needed. Emergency cancellations for any contractual responsibilities will be considered, but not compensated.

Contractual Responsibilities

  • One Mass per weekend x 50 weeks
  • One rehearsal per week x 50 weeks
  • Special liturgies as defined below



  • To develop, grow and sustain a volunteer choir to complement the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass and Holy Days.
  • To engage the parishioners in prayerful song while supporting the gospel message of the Parish Pastor.


  • To work under the spiritual direction of the Pastor to design and provide thoughtful musical choices to coincide with the weekly readings and liturgical calendar.
  • Be mindful of the music budget and stay within those parameters as set by the Liturgy Committee to acquire sheet music and other instruments; to upkeep equipment and instruments; and to contract musical support.
  • Be willing to work with lay personnel on a variety of special projects.

Weekday Evening

  • Hold weekly practice(s).
  • Be at the parish no less than twenty minutes prior to rehearsal, organized and prepared to start practice on time.

Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass

  • Be at the parish prepared to lead the choir 30 minutes before Mass.
  • Accompany and direct the weekly volunteer choir, cantors, and occasional auxiliary musicians.

Direct Special Liturgies

  • Holy Day Vigils: Mary, Mother of God, Ash Wednesday, Ascension Thursday, Assumption, All Saints, Immaculate Conception
  • Commissioned secular day(s), i.e. Thanksgiving.
  • Easter Triduum: Holy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Service, and Easter Masses (2)
  • Christmas Masses (2)
  • Extra Weekday/Weekend Masses, as needed, i.e. Forty Hours. (When liturgies fall outside of the regular church calendar, the director will be given two weeks prior notice to arrange his schedule.)

Lessons and Carols around the Pennsylvania Northeast

Lessons and Carols 2015 Poster on Letter Size Paper

The Choir of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre will present its annual Festival Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent, led by Canon Mark Laubach, Organist and Choirmaster, and guest conductor Dr. Rick Hoffenberg on Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00 p.m. The service, St. Stephen’s annual Advent and Christmas gift to the community and region, will feature traditional hymns and carols sung by all, as well as choral and organ selections for the season. A free-will offering will be accepted. Gifts of non-perishable food, clothing, and other necessities will be received for the Food Pantry and the Clothes Closet at St. Stephen’s. A festive reception will follow the service. The public is warmly welcome to attend.

Flyer 2015

The Shickshinny Area Community Choir and the Chancel Choir of First Reformed United Church of Christ, Berwick will sing a service of Lessons and Carols at First United Methodist Church, 6 E Butler St, Shickshinny, on Sunday, December 20 at 6:00 p.m. A Christmas organ prelude by chapter member Marilou Hinchcliff will precede the service at 5:30 p.m. and a reception will follow. Music for the service will be Joseph Martin’s cantata, “Appalachian Winter”.

Advent Lessons and Carols at St. Stanislaus Cathedral


On Sunday, 6 December 2015 at 3:00 PM, the Cathedral Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Peter V. Picerno, will present a Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent. Scripture, solos, hymns, and anthems will mark the liturgical season of Advent in preparation for Christmas. There is ample parking surrounding St Stanislaus Cathedral which is located at 529 East Locust St. in Scranton. The Festival is open to the public regardless of church affiliation.

Job Opportunity: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Nanticoke

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Nanticoke, is looking to hire an organist. Sunday services are at 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and coffee and pastries are available between the services. It is preferred that the organist be available to play the 11:15 a.m. service at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pond Hill (St. John’s partner parish) as well. St. John’s features a Rodgers electronic organ and St. Mark’s features an Allen electronic organ. Service music and hymns are chosen by Worship and Music Committee. The organist is encouraged, but not required, to participate on the Committee. St. John’s is a welcoming and friendly community of believers. A competitive salary is offered. St. John’s will be happy to meet with candidate and answer any questions. For information or to apply, please contact the Pastor, Rev. Debra North at  570-735-1760 or email

Organ Recital at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Plains

An organ recital will be held at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Hudson Road, Plains, on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM.
Sandor Kádár, principal organist at Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Newtown, Pennsylvania, will play the recently acquired Rodgers Infinity 361 Organ which was used at the Mass on the Parkway in Philadelphia for Pope Francis’ visit  on September 27.
Mr. Kádár will present a program that will include a variety of music that will show the many colors and capabilities of the Rodgers Organ and will feature music that was presented at the Papal event. Sándor was the only candidate to be awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the American Guild of Organists for 2015.
The recital is open to the public. There is no admission fee; however, a free will offering will be taken up.