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 Part-Time Choral Director/Organist United Methodist Worcester MA negotiable
full listing Music Director – Organist/Choir Director/Jr. Choir Director UCC Leominster MA $17K-$19K
full listing Organist UCC Worcester MA $65/week
full listing Organist UCC Woodstock VT negotiable
full listing Choir Director/Organist UCC Worcester MA $6K with vacation pay
full listing Organist/Director of Music Interdenominational Bolton MA $15,000
full listing Interim Minister of Music Episcopal Holden MA
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)
Peter Krasinski, Dean
Janet Hunt, Placement Coordinator (E-Mail: janet.hunt@sjs.edu)
Lad Pfiefer, Dean
Becky Isaacson, Placement Coordinator (Phone: 413-567-7659)
Cape Cod
No current information available. 

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


(LAST UPDATED 09/15/2015)

Quinsigamond United Methodist Church of Worcester, MA
Part-Time Choral Director/Organist
9 Stebbins Street
Worcester, MA 01607

QUMC is centered in Christ, dedicated to people, willing to serve, and eager to grow. Together we seek to provide Christ-centered worship, Christian education to children, youth and adults, warm Christian fellowship and loving service to the community. Quinsigamond United Methodist Church is looking for a choral director/organist. The position would begin in September of 2015. The church has a congregation consisting of members of Scandinavian heritage, African cultures, and other backgrounds. The church has a small adult choir. Occasionally the Liberian youth sing a capella. The choral director/organist is responsible for the adult choir and for providing music on an Allen digital computer organ and a Wurlitzer baby grand piano. Someone with enthusiasm would be welcome to expand the musical opportunities. Salary will be discussed during the interview. The church is located in the Quinsigamond Village section of Worcester, MA, off Blackstone River Road, near routes 290, 146, 20, and the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Contact person name: Quinsigamond United Methodist Church Staff-Parish Relations Committee
or mail to: 9 Stebbins Street, Worcester
Worcester, MA 01607
att: —
Tel: 508 755 6237 Ext:0
Fax: —
Website: NA

Posted: 06/05/15 11:19 AM KFM
Expires: 09/05/15 11:19 AM


Pilgrim Congregational Church of Leominster, MA
Music Director – Organist/Choir Director/Jr. Choir Director
26 West Street
Leominster, MA 01453

Organ: Steere & Turner, Op 70, 1873, possibly the largest Steere and Turner instrument in existence and operating today. 28 stops, 2 manuals, and 33 ranks. Roland Digital Piano and Baby Grand in sanctuary.

Responsibilities: Up to 10 hours per week. 9:30 A.M. worship with adult choir. Sr. Choir rehearsal one evening per week plus before worship service September-May. Jr. Choir rehearsal following church service each Sunday during the school year. Work with bell choir. Play for special services of worship including but not limited to Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday. Select organ music for worship, hymns selected by pastor. Weddings and Funerals will be compensated separately. Salary: $17-19K including Social Security. Vacation and Sick Days. Contact: Janel Milner < sweeney.OG@verizon.net > and contact info below.

Contact person name: Janel Milner
or mail to: 26 West Street
Leominster, MA 01453
att: —
Tel: 978-534-5164 Ext:0
Fax: —

Posted: 06/05/15 11:48 AM KFM
Expires: 09/05/15 11:48 AM


Pilgrim Congregational Church of Worcester, MA
911 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610

Hammond Organ in chapel. Responsibilities and Brief Description: 10:30AM weekly worship service. There is no choir. Special services include: Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday. Salary: $65 per week. Select and play prelude, 4 hymns, offertory, and postlude for worship service. The pastor selects the hymns. There is additional income from weddings and funerals. Time off is negotiable. Contact: Send resume to: Jean Breidenbach at: 508-752-7613 email to: jeansk8@charter.net. Or mail to: 911 Main St. Worcester MA 01610.

Contact person name: Jean Breidenbach
or mail to: 911 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
att: —
Tel: 508-752-7613 Ext:0
Fax: —

Posted: 07/13/15 10:39 PM KFM
Expires: 10/13/15 10:39 PM


First Congregational Church, Woodstock, Vermont of Woodstock, VT
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: —

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


Park Congregational Church of Worcester, MA
Choir Director/Organist
111 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA 01609

Park Congregational Church UCC is seeking an Organist/Choir Director. We worship at Davis Chapel located at First Baptist Church, 111 Park Avenue in Worcester. Organ: 2 manual 15 rank J. W. Walker tracker organ. Responsibilities: up to 3 hours per week. 10AM worship with small but dedicated adult choir. Choir meets at 9AM prior to worship service from September thru June. Play for special services of worship including Blue Christmas, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday. Select organ/choral music for worship, hymns selected by pastor. Occasional work with Sunday School children during worship.

Contact person name: Art Pelletier
or mail to: 111 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA 01609
att: —
Tel: — Ext:0
Fax: —

Posted: 07/22/15 10:55 PM KFM
Expires: 10/22/15 10:55 PM


The First Parish of Bolton of Bolton, MA
673 Main Street Post Office Box 250
Bolton, MA 01740

Welcoming, ecumenical, progressive congregation that values traditional liturgies and music seeks a part-time organist. Senior minister is AGO chaplain. Position available immediately. Nineteen stop Hook&Hastings tracker action instrument rebuilt and installed by Andover in 2012. Sunday mornings only, no week night rehearsal. Small choir rehearses Sunday mornings and sings once each month. Ideal position for a student. $15,000 a year, two Sundays off, additional compensation for Christmas, Holy Week, weddings, and funerals. Contact: Rev. Richard F. Jones, rfjbolton@aol.com Fax: 978-779-6427.

Contact person name: Rev. Richard F. Jones
or mail to: 673 Main Street Post Office Box 250
Bolton, MA 01740
att: —
Tel: 978 779 6427 Ext:0
Fax: —

Posted: 07/28/15 08:48 PM KFM
Expires: 10/28/15 08:48 PM


St. Francis Episcopal Church of Holden, MA
Interim Minister of Music
70 Highland Street
Holden, MA 01520

General Summary of the Position: The Interim 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 term of the Interim Minister of Music shall be ___, and extended as will be mutually agreeable, until such time as the successful candidate for the Minister of Music is determined. This agreement may be dissolved by mutual consent or upon 60 days notice by either party. This position is a 10-12 hour per week position.

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.
– 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, funerals, and weddings.

Compensation for these events is additional and according to AGO standards.

2. Planning and Administration

– Meet regularly with rector and/or associate 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


– 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. Patrick Perkins
or mail to: 70 Highland Street
Holden, MA 01520
att: —
Tel: 508 829-3344 Ext:0
Fax: —

Posted: 09/15/15 10:36 AM KFM
Expires: 12/15/15 10:36 AM