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”.