POSITIONS AVAILABLE

The Worcester Chapter AGO maintains a database of current job listings within Worcester and central Massachusetts. Below is a summary of the currently available positions. To view more details, simply click on the position title:

Full Listing: Position Title: Religious Denomination: City/Town: State: Salary:
full listing Organist UCC Woodstock VT negotiable
full listing Music Director/Organist/Choir Director UCC Littleton MA commensurate with qualifications and experience
full listing Music Director Unitarian Universalist Newburyport MA Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience, and compatible with AGO and UUMN recommendations.
full listing Director of Music Baptist Hartford CT $15,000 – $20,000
full listing Music Director/Organist Episcopal Ayer MA $15K – $18K per year
full listing Organist/Pianist United Church of Christ Holden MA 10K
full listing Music Director/Organist United Church of Christ Boylston MA 14K
full listing Minister of Music (part-time position) Episcopal Holden MA
full listing Part-time Music Director/Organist UCC Andover MA TBD
For religious and music-related institutions, this provides an outlet for advertising for your opening. Your organization’s opening(s) will be displayed here on our chapter website where church musicians in Massachusetts and around the country can view the listings. In addition, for a small fee, the booklet Musicians in Religious Institutions is available to help guide the hiring committee through the recommended process and resources for attaining and retaining quality staff musicians. For organists and directors, this service is free to guild members for viewing current listings. From time to time, the Guild updates its recommended compensation chart which details salary, benefits, and service fees for various degree and experience levels of musicians. Guild members can also check job listings on the National Council’s website. You must be a member to access these listings.) Click  here to view a summary of Region I openings.

Worcester & Central Massachusetts:

Kevin Murphy, Jobs Postings Editor

Recommended steps/resources for churches seeking musicians:
  1. Contact your local area chapter(s) to get your opening listed. Most publish openings online. In cases of a large church position, an ad is placed in the national Guild magazine, The American Organist.
  2. Select your hiring advisory committee carefully, with a wide range of perspectives and skills. Many of the members should be musically conversant and able to judge musical performance and conducting.
  3. Determine your church music ministry mission, scope, needs, job description, salary ranges, etc.
  4. Determine your interviewing process, including thorough auditions and discussion interviews.
  5. We recommend that you list your openings not only with Worcester, but also other local chapters: (click on chapter name below to view their listings)
  6. Organists/directors are very much interested in the size/number/capabilities of the choirs, details about the instruments (organ/piano/handbells/percussion/etc.), number of weekly and extra services, and working relationships with ministers and staff.

Merrimack Valley

Patrick Kabanda, Dean

Norma Reich, Placement Coordinator (AGONorma@aol.com)

Boston

Peter Krasinski, Dean

Janet Hunt, Placement Coordinator (E-Mail: janet.hunt@sjs.edu)

Springfield

Lad Pfiefer, Dean

Becky Isaacson, Placement Coordinator (Phone: 413-567-7659)

Hartford
Cape Cod

 

No current information available.

The National AGO site offers substitute listing to address the need for interim organists:

http://www.agohq.org/find-a-substitute/

CURRENT WORCESTER-AREA LISTINGS

(LAST UPDATED 05/24/2016)

 

 

First Congregational Church, Woodstock, Vermont of Woodstock, VT
Organist

Woodstock, VT 05091

First Congregational Church, Woodstock (1781), is seeking a qualified organist to play the 35-rank Austin Organ (1967) for Sunday morning and evening services beginning in the fall. This is the historic church of Marsh, Billings and Rockefeller with a large, thriving congregation from throughout Vermont. The Sunday worship is traditional. The music ministry potential is great for the right person with the proper experience, qualifications and a strong Christian commitment which is in agreement with Reformed Theology. Salary is negotiable based on experience and agreed music ministry responsibilities. The church possesses a three-octave set of Schulmerich hand bells. Applications are now being accepted. Resumes should be sent to David Searles at searlesdt@cfl.rr.com. Telephone: 802-457-2354.

Contact person name: David Searles
or mail to: —
Woodstock, VT —
att: —
Tel: 802-457-2354 Ext:0
Fax: —
Website:

Posted: 07/22/15 10:34 PM KFM

Expires: 08/22/16 10:34 PM

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Congregational Church of Littleton MA of Littleton, MA
Music Director/Organist/Choir Director
330 King Street

Littleton, MA 01460 1253

We are a loving, growing and active congregation with an average attendance of 110 worshipers in our newly renovated, open and welcoming church. Please visit our website www.ccol.org to see more about the church, or the Facebook page “Congregational Church of Littleton, UCC” to get a picture of our wonderful community of faith. We seek a permanent, part-time opening available for leader of a vibrant music program for all ages. Responsibilities include but are not limited to selecting and directing inspiring organ, choir and solo music central to experiencing Sunday worship service in coordination with the Ministers, Director of Christian Education, and Handbell Director. This person will rehearse the Adult and Children’s Choirs once per week and participate in Sunday service(s), direct and participate in additional musical events (i.e., holiday, ecumenical, Vacation Bible school), and provide oversight of all other pianists, soloists and volunteer musicians involved in worship except the handbell choirs. Working with the Music Committee, this position reports to the Senior Minister for all necessary administrative duties relative to the worship activities. The successful candidate will be a knowledgeable choral director and experienced organist and pianist who values a diverse selection of music. Strong organizational/communication skills and experience working with children are a must. We are looking for an enthusiastic, imaginative, multi-tasker who works collaboratively with people of varying levels of ability and experience. If you are looking to lead and grow a dynamic program, this is the opportunity for you.

Instruments: A well maintained Organ–Hook & Hastings built in 1900 (Opus 1857), rebuilt by Andover Organ Co., 1993 (2 manual/12 rank tracker organ)

Piano—Yamaha Model U2 upright piano

Hours: 20 to 25 per week, position available as of July 1, 2016 (will accept applications until position is filled) Please provide 3 references with resume and cover letter. CCOL is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Contact person name: Mark Hickox
or mail to: 330 King Street
Littleton, MA 01460 1253
att: Mark Hickox
Tel: 978 486 3245 Ext:0
Fax: —
Website: www.ccol.org

Posted: 03/09/16 11:41 AM KFM

Expires: 06/09/16 11:41 AM

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First Religious Society of Newburyport, MA
Music Director
26 Pleasant Street

Newburyport, MA 01950

Deadline: Applications accepted until April 15, 2106. Music at the First Religious Society is an essential aspect of our spiritual life. Enriched by many active musicians within the congregation, our music program helps to deepen our spirituality, maintains high musical quality, and supports and nurtures people of all musical ability. As a highly visible performance space in this historic town, the church considers its music program to be an important outreach to the community. The Music Director of this active church community serves as organist and director of the adult choir, and is accountable for all aspects of the music program. This is a half-time 12-month position beginning July 1, 2016, with most of the work during the church year (no summer services). The Music Director is expected to enhance the youth and adult music offerings, increase the diversity of musical expression, and reach out to the larger community.

Key responsibilities
• Administer all aspects of the music program
• Perform prelude and postlude in most Sunday services
• Rehearse, direct and accompany the regular Sunday adult choir (c. 25 members) as well as
the larger Candlelight Chorale, which sings at a special Christmas service and gives two
additional concerts per year
• Collaborate with the Youth Music Director, the lay-led Jazz Vespers and concert committees,
church staff, lay leaders, and active musicians of all ages within the church
• Attend relevant committee and staff meetings

Qualifications
• Advanced degree in organ, choral conducting or church music field
• 5+ years directing a church music program
• Excellent organ and piano performance skills
• Strong choral conducting skills and knowledge of best practices with amateur groups • Strong sight-reading skills
• Experience with and interest in diverse musical styles

Core competencies – skills and personal attributes needed
The ideal candidate is a stellar musician who understands this position requires flexibility, excellent people skills, compassion, and an ability to consider diverse opinions.
He or she will have:
• professional training and experience in both organ performance and choral directing • experience in leading a music program and maintaining a choral library
• extensive background in conducting skilled amateur groups
• an active performing life on the organ
• experience in guiding amateur singers and a sensitivity to their needs
• good time management and arts administration skills
• the ability to collaborate effectively with church professionals and lay leaders
• an understanding of the basic principles of Unitarian Universalist theology
• an interest in church culture and community dynamics
• an ability to align the music program with worship and other ministries

Working conditions and physical requirements
The church has an excellent 2-manual organ with a combination stop action, including both manual draw stops and a multi-level, programmable electronic action. The instrument has important historic roots in the early 19th century, with a major expansion by Hutchings in 1889, renovation by CB Fisk/Andover in 1957 and a full renovation and expansion by A. David Moore in 2012. It now stands as one of the finest in the area, offering the player a rich variety of stops and the ability to support a wide range of the organ literature. Facilities include 2 Steinway pianos, an extensive and eclectic choral music library, and a dedicated office and rehearsal room.

Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience, and compatible with AGO and UUMN recommendations. The only physical requirement is the ability to climb stairs, as the organ and choir rehearsal room are on the second floor with no elevator.

The First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist is an Equal Opportunity Employer. FRSUU is a friendly and active liberal congregation with many programs and a strong musical tradition. Learn more about us on our website, www.frsuu.org. To apply, send a cover letter and resume (including relevant teaching experience and size of choirs directed), as well as names and contact information for 3 professional references to: musicsearch@frsuu.org. Electronic submissions are preferred. Deadline: Applications accepted until April 15, 2106. If electronic submission is not possible, mail hard copy to the church address.

Contact person name: Lea Pearson, Music Search Chair
or mail to: 26 Pleasant Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
att: Lea Pearson
Tel: — Ext:0
Fax: —
Website: www.frsuu.org

Posted: 03/09/16 11:56 AM KFM

Expires: 06/09/16 11:56 AM

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Central Baptist Church of Hartford, CT
Director of Music
457 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Hours: 18
Services: 1 Sunday Service
Choir: 1 Adult, 1 Bell, and 1 Youth
Instrument: 5000 Pipe 4 Manual Austin Organ

Central Baptist Church is seeking a Director of Music – a professional music leader who will build and sustain a dynamic music ministry that reflects the diversity and vitality of the Central Baptist congregation. The Director of Music will provide organ and/or piano music at regular and special worship services and at weddings and funerals, as requested. He/she will direct the presently established choirs and ensembles – Sanctuary Choir, Youth Choir and Youth Bell Choir. He/she may direct newly-formed or special music groups or events, as interest dictates. The Director of Music should have leadership experience in choral and instrumental music and familiarity and appreciation of a wide scope of music and faith expressions, and will use music to communicate the Christian message. The ability to work with people of various ethnic backgrounds, ability to work with the church staff in a team ministry and flexibility in attitude and spirit are essential qualifications. Candidates with degree in organ, sacred music or service-playing certificate preferred. Position is subject to background check.

Contact person name: Rev. John F. Endler
or mail to: 457 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
att: Rev. John F. Endler
Tel: 860-522-9275 Ext:0
Fax: —

Posted: 05/01/16 07:10 AM KFM
Expires: 08/01/16 07:10 AM

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church of Ayer, MA
Music Director/Organist
Ayer, MA —

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ayer, MA, seeks ¼ time Organist/Choir director to start fall 2016. We are a growing church with a small but strong choir. Worship is mostly traditional, using 1980 Hymnal and all supplements. Services include one choral anthem weekly, hymns, and service music. Quarterly “Intergenerational” services that include children provide an opportunity for inclusion of Gospel/ contemporary style music. Estey Organ – OPUS 1423 – Rebuilt 2002, Andover Organ; Baby Grand piano. Responsibilities include providing music for all Sunday and Holy Day services and directing one Adult Choir (rehearsals 1 ½ hours on a weeknight and 1 hour before the service on Sunday). Energy and flexibility are strongly desired qualities. Enthusiasm for the liturgy and planning worship in collaboration with the clergy especially desired. A fund exists to help provide new music, and pay for soloists and Instrumentalists on special occasions Pay in accordance with AGO standards, between $15K – $18K per year depending on qualifications and experience. Opportunities for additional income through weddings and funerals. One month paid summer vacation, continuing Ed. Very convenient to Fitchburg- Boston commuter line. Thirty minutes from Worcester, one hour from Boston.
Send cover letter and resume.

Contact person name: Lynn Ferrillo, Parish Admininstrator
or mail to: —
Ayer, MA —
att: —
Tel: na Ext:0
Fax: —
Website:

Posted: 05/01/16 05:30 PM KFM
Expires: 08/01/16 05:30 PM

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First Congregational Church of Holden, MA
Organist/Pianist
1180 Main St. Holden MA
Holden, MA 01520

Organ: A 1923 Casavant electro-pneumatic pipe organ (Opus #996). Augmented in 1958 and renovated in 2014 by Casavant Freres. Two manuals, pedal organ, 22 ranks with a restored Casavant draw-knob console. There is a Kawai grand piano in the sanctuary.

Responsibilities and Brief Description: 4-5 hours weekly, which includes a 10:00AM Sunday worship service with the adult choir. Choir rehearsal is Thursday 7:00PM-8:30PM. Play for Sunday as well as special services including but not limited to: Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Maundy Thursday. Select and play preludes, offertories, and postludes for worship services. Hymns are selected by the Pastor. Occasionally accompany the Children’s Choir.

Salary: Up to $10,000 depending on experience, education, and skill level. Additional income is available from weddings and funerals. Choir direction experience is a plus.

Benefits: Four weeks paid vacation during the summer, plus 3 paid personal days. Additional time off is negotiable.

Contact person name: Chuck Noyes
or mail to: 1180 Main Street
Holden, MA 01520
att: —
Tel: 508-963-7727 Ext:0
Fax: —
Website:

Posted: 05/22/16 09:30 PM KFM
Expires: 08/22/16 09:30 PM

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First Congregational Church of Boylston, Massachusetts of Boylston, MA
Music Director/Organist
Boylston, MA —

First Congregational Church of Boylston, Massachusetts is currently seeking an Organist/Music Director for a small congregation that has one adult choir and one handbell choir. The organ is a rebuilt Moeller pipe organ. The job is approximately 8 hours per week and the annual salary for this position is to be negotiated in the range of $14,000 based on previous experience.
The job includes:
One church service per week
Special services: Christmas Eve (2), Maundy Thursday, Easter (2), Thanksgiving Eve
Weddings and Funerals (additional fee per service as needed)
Summer Vacation Sundays to be negotiated
The job requirements:
Play at Sunday services: prelude, postlude, hymns, and liturgies
Select music for and direct Choir (including 1hr Sunday AM rehearsal)
Select music for and direct Bell Choir (including 1hr mid-week rehearsal)
Meet weekly with Pastor to coordinate music for Sunday services

Please forward resume to music@fcc-boylston.org if interested in the position.

Contact person name: —
or mail to: —
Boylston, MA —
att: —
Tel: — Ext:0
Fax: —

Posted: 05/24/16 10:33 AM KFM
Expires: 08/24/16 10:33 AM

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St. Francis Episcopal Church of Holden, MA
Minister of Music (part-time position)
70 Highland Street
Holden, MA 01520

General Summary of the Position: The Minister of Music will work under the direction of the Rector to provide and select appropriate organ, piano and choral music for regularly scheduled Sunday services and Holy Days, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Easter, Confirmation, and shall be responsible for the weekly rehearsing and directing of the choir. The Minister of Music is a part-time position, with the allotted hours of 10-12 hours per week on average. The Minister of Music is a regular staff position and the employment agreement may be dissolved by mutual consent or upon 90 days notice by either party.

Major Responsibilities:

1. Ability to lead and share in worship by
• Playing a variety of traditional and contemporary organ and/or keyboard music
• Rehearsing and directing the adult choir for the Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. Choir rehearsals are currently held on Sunday mornings.
• Meet with and provide administrative help for the Saturday Music Team
• Rehearse with soloists; small groups, and instrumentalists as needed
• Provide music, as needed, for special services (not outlined above), funerals, and weddings. Compensation for these events is additional and according to AGO standards.

2. Planning and Administration
• Meet regularly with the Rector and staff, and others as necessary for the general planning and leadership of the music program
• Coordinate with Church School Director and Handbell Choir Director for special musical offerings
• Coordinate instrument maintenance
• Arrange for supply organists when necessary
• Be responsible for the purchase of all music and music supplies and the hiring of instrumentalists and vocal soloists
• Maintain music budget
• Organize and maintain the music library, ordering of new music, and copyright licenses
* Prepare an annual report

3. Fellowship
• Work with the members of the Music Ministry to care for and pray for each other in times of need and build a sense of community and fellowship among members

4. Development
• Encourage and support members of the Music Ministry and the parish in their spiritual growth
• Recruit new members for the Music Ministry
• Offer musical training opportunities as needed
• Create opportunities for children to participate in the music program
• Encourage congregational participation in the service music
• Participate in opportunities for continuing education which will enrich the music program

Qualifications:
• Bachelor of Music or equivalent with organ and piano performance ability and choral conducting skills
• Knowledge of Episcopal liturgy and music
• Enthusiastic, friendly and enjoys working with amateur as well as professional musicians
• Ability to connect and work with people of all ages
• Good organizational skills
• Creative: willingness to try new things while respecting tradition
• Willingness to be part of a team, lay and ordained, to do the work God gives us to do

Contact person name: Rev. Pat Perkins
or mail to: 70 Highland Street
Holden, MA 01520
att: Rev. Patrick Perkins
Tel: 508.829.3344 Ext:0
Fax: —
Website:

Posted: 05/24/16 11:47 AM KFM
Expires: 05/24/16 11:47 AM

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South Church in Andover, MA of Andover, MA
Part-time Music Director/Organist
41 Central Street
Andover, MA 01810

JOB SUMMARY:

South Church in Andover is a vibrant and diverse congregation with nearly 700 members and a strong tradition of choral and instrumental music. We are seeking a gifted and experienced musician to lead our growing music program. The ideal candidate will have a passion for creatively leading worship with Adult, Children’s, and Handbell Choirs; and draw on the talents of the many musicians and instrumentalists in our congregation. The candidate will demonstrate the experience and vision to take our music ministry to the next level. The position is part-time salaried, with variable hours based on the Church’s religious and secular calendars and special events.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Report to Senior Pastor to design and develop music for weekly worship services, as well as ?church-related activities such as weddings and funerals.
• Participate in pastoral staff meetings and fulfill other responsibilities as assigned by Senior Pastor.
• Build, lead, and direct the Sanctuary Choir. Select music, conduct weekly rehearsals, and conduct the Choir for all services including Easter (2 services), Christmas Eve (3 services) and Maundy Thursday.
• Direct the Children’s Choir, Handbell Choir, and various small music ensembles.
• Attract an increasing pool of gifted musicians who desire to be involved in worship – to include contemporary music, instrumentalists, and solo musicians.
• Prepare and administer the annual music budget.
• Maintain the music library, which includes over 800 choral and 75 handbell anthems.
• Oversee the maintenance of our Bozeman Organ (tracker, 3 manuals, 36 stops), 8 pianos, and 4-octave Schulmerich hand bells.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Strong keyboard skills; organ and piano.
• Accomplished directing and leadership skills.
• Excellent people, leadership, and organizational skills with a proven record of working well within a team.
• An engaging and gracious personality.
• Ability to work joyfully and energetically with members of the South Church community.
• Commitment to the mission and vision of South Church.
• A degree in music, worship, or a related field is preferred. Three or more years of experience as a worship leader in a church of 300 or more is also preferred but not required.
• Physical requirements include the ability to climb stairs to the choir loft, to stand for long periods of time directing children and adults, and to carry instruments and music.

COMPENSATION:
• Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience, and compatible with AGO recommendations.
• Additional income from weddings, funerals, and memorial services.
• Use of South Church facilities, including organ and piano, for private instruction.

South Church in Andover
Attn: Music Search Committee
41 Central Street
Andover, MA 01810

South Church in Andover is an open and affirming congregation located in Andover, Massachusetts. South Church welcomes all people, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, race and ethnicity, physical and mental ability or economic circumstance.

Contact person name: Ron Smith
or mail to: 41 Central Street
Andover, MA 01810
att: Ron Smith
Tel: — Ext:0
Fax: —

Posted: 05/24/16 12:00 PM KFM
Expires: 08/24/16 12:00 PM

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