Office of Sacred Music


“The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of the Lord’s coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together Psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles (cf Col 3:16). Singing is the sign of the heart’s joy (cf. Acts 2:46). Thus St. Augustine says rightly, ‘Singing is for one who loves,’…”

 -General Instruction of the Roman Missal (p39)

The Roman Missal instructs us of the great importance “attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass.” The mission of the Office of Sacred Music is the advancement and promotion of the finest in Sacred Music in the parishes and apostolates of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

To achieve this mission, our office provides several resources and programs listed below.  Additional information is available by calling our office, 314.373.8227, or emailing


Dr. Horst Buchholz

Director of Sacred Music



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"The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred melody united to words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn Liturgy"

  -Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Vatican II-1963)







Choosing Parish Musicians

The Offices of Sacred Worship, Human Resources and Sacred Music, have compiled a set of compensation guidelines and recommendations to help the pastors and parishes establish salaries for parish musicians.

While we recognize each Parish is unique in their hiring needs and choosing the necessary music for the parish, we have included some salary guidelines below to assist you in decisions regarding
music positions. These pay scales will be useful for full-time, part-time, or one time service employees. 

First and foremost, one must consider the individual parish, looking at the needs of the parish, along with the resources and funding available for music. We understand your choice in choosing musicians is a pastoral decision based on the finances and resources of your particular parish. These pay scales are designed to be a resource for your parish and may be used as a guideline when making these choices.  

The following guidelines will be useful when choosing a parish musician:

We hope these guidelines will help your parish come to a fair and just wage based on your parishes’ particular needs and finances.  If you have any further questions please contact the Office of Sacred Music, Office of Human Resources or the Office of Sacred Worship.