Director of Music - St Stephen's Cathedral

Archdiocese of Brisbane

Music Director responsible for enhancing the liturgy of Catholic celebrations at St Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane.

  • Music and Liturgy
  • Responsible for the combination of instrument and voice
  • Musical enhancement to Catholic worship
The Cathedral of St Stephen is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Brisbane. It is also the parish church of the Archbishop of Brisbane, Most Rev Mark Coleridge who has delegated administration of the Cathedral to the Dean of the Cathedral (Very Rev Anthony Mellor).

The Cathedral of St Stephen strongly encourages the vocal participation of the assembly in its worship. Its organists, cantors and choirs provide effective leadership in the congregational singing of hymns, psalms, responses and parts of the mass. The Cathedral is unusual in serving three purposes: it is a cathedral, a parish church and an inner-city church; and the music repertoire needs to take account of each of these purposes. The Cathedral Director of Music, through the Cathedral Music Department, also supports the liturgical music for St. Patrick’s, Fortitude Valley, which forms part of the Cathedral parish.

The Director of Music is responsible for the organisation of the Cathedral Music Program including organ performance and accompaniment, choir direction, rehearsal and accompaniment, organ and other instrument maintenance, general music related administration, and assistance with the coordination and support for special events and concerts in consultation with the Dean and other presiding clergy. Some of the specific responsibilities include:
  • Musical leadership in all aspects of the Cathedral’s liturgical music
  • Choral program of the Cathedral
  • Co-ordination of special music events – concerts, festivals, special services
  • Partnerships with other organisations, especially school scholarship programs
  • Overall management and administration of the Music Department of the Cathedral
  • Leadership, training and formation of musicians and choristers
  • Maintenance and upkeep of instruments – in particular the Jubilee pipe organ completed in the year 2000 with 47 speaking stops and three manuals. 
The successful candidate requires:
  • Bachelor of Music or equivalent
  • Advanced knowledge of Catholic liturgy and music
  • Musicianship proven experience in arranging and writing music
  • Superior conducting experience
  • Experience in musical, choral  and religious ceremonies performances  
  • Collaborative working style
  • Sound understanding of risk management and safeguarding procedures and policies
  • Able to act with integrity
  • Budgeting and managerial skills
Weekend coverage is a requirement of the position, therefore Monday and Tuesdays are the normal two-day break each week.
The Archdiocese of Brisbane is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. This is a unique opportunity to work for a values-based organisation and utilise your leadership skills at one of the largest employers in Queensland. 
If required, relocation assistance negotiable.

The Archdiocese of Brisbane has standards of conduct for workers to maintain a safe and healthy environment for children.  Our commitment to these standards requires that we conduct working with children checks and background referencing for all persons who will engage in direct and regular involvement with children and young people (0 - 18 years) and/or vulnerable adults. The organisation is fully committed to child safety and has a 0 tolerance to abuse of children or vulnerable adults.