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:

Position Title: Salary: Religious Denomination: Location:
full listing Choir master/organist/bell choir director Lutheran Worcester, Massachusetts
full listing Full time organist/choir director Roman Catholic Southbridge, Massachusetts
full listing Music director Roman Catholic Milford, Massachusetts
full listing Director of Music Episcopal Wickford, RI
full listing Organist/Music Director Episcopal Hudson, MA
full listing Part time organist/choir director United Methodist Worcester, MA
full listing Children’s Choir Trainer Roman Catholic Worcester, MA
full listing Organist United Church of Christ Gardner, 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 access that site and 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
Victoria Wagner (Phone: 617-522-0510, E-Mail: vwag@aol.com)
Janet Hunt, Placement Coordinator (E-Mail: janet.hunt@sjs.edu)
Springfield
Martha Sienkiewicz, Dean
Becky Isaacson, Placement Coordinator (Phone: 413-567-7659, E-Mail: bealda@juno.com)
Cape Cod
No current information available.
CURRENT WORCESTER-AREA LISTINGS
(LAST UPDATED 09/19/2014)

Emanuel Lutheran Church of Worcester, MA
PART TIME MUSIC DIRECTOR/ORGANIST
200 Greenwood Street, Worcester MA 01607-1661

The primary duties of the Director of Music include organist, choir and hand bell director.
This involves coordinating all music used in connection with worship services conducted at the church;
providing music at one weekly service on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM (9 AM from mid-June through August)
plus special Christian services (e.g. Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, etc.); and directing and rehearsing
adult choir on Sunday mornings before service (September – June) and hand bell choir after service, as needed.
Average of 6-10 hours per week (planning/preparation, rehearsals and worship services). Salary is negotiable,
based on experience. Right of first refusal for all weddings and funerals.

Specifically, this means:

· Playing for one Sunday worship service, beginning at 9:30 AM (9 AM during summer);

· Playing for midweek services for Ash Wednesday (7 PM), Maundy Thursday (7 PM),
Good Friday (7 PM), Christmas Eve (4 PM), Christmas Day (10 AM), one Wednesday Lenten
Service (7 PM) and possibly one or two others;

· Rehearsing and directing adult choir (presently rehearsing on Sunday mornings before worship)
from the Sunday after Labor Day through Father’s Day;

· Rehearsing and directing bell choir for Easter and Christmas (if there is enough commitment from the bell ringers)

· Coordinating special music for Christmas, Easter and other special days (including outside musicians
and/or those who play instruments within the congregation);

· Ordering music, arranging for organ/piano tuning and substitute organists as needed;

· Attending occasional hymn planning meetings with the pastor (usually 4 per year – Christmas cycle,
Easter cycle, summer, fall)

· Writing occasional articles for newsletters (as needed) and Annual Report (January);

· Leading the congregation in singing liturgical settings from Evangelical Lutheran Worship
(present settings known and used by congregation: 1,3,4,10 and part of setting 6)

The instruments used for worship include:

· Pipe Organ: Jeremy Cooper tracker organ with 2 manuals, plus pedal; 21+ stops and zimbelstern
· Grand Piano: Henry Miller
· Hand bells

Those interested in the position can contact me at the church by phone (508-756-6620)
or email

Posted: 2014-05-21 KFM
Expires: 2014-09-21

Saint John Paul II Parish of Southbridge, MA
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
279 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA 01550

St. John Paul II Parish seeks a full-time director of music.
Responsibilities: planning music and accompanying four weekend liturgies and Holy Days,
monthly all-school Masses, training cantors, and directing two choirs (English and Spanish).
Additional income from weddings and funerals.
Four manual Casavant Organ, two manual Wicks Organ, Conover grand piano.
Bachelor’s degree or higher in music with strong vocal and keyboard skills (organ and piano),
knowledge of Roman Catholic liturgy, and a pastoral approach to music ministry. Bilingual a plus.
Part-time position as school music specialist also available.
Salary commensurate with education and experience, benefits included.

Phone: (508) 765-3701
Fax: (508) 765-3705
Email: pjoyce@hey.net
Please send cover letter and résumé to Fr. Peter Joyce.

Posted: 2014-07-24 KFM
Expires: 2014-11-24

Milford, MA
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
5 East Main Street, Milford MA 01757
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Milford, Massachusetts, celebrating Liturgical services with a goal
of improving our living faith in Jesus Christ, is seeking a music director. Our Liturgical Services
are directed towards promoting excellence in the Roman Catholic tradition. The Music Ministry is a key
factor to this vision, enhanced by a 1967 Austin pipe Organ (Opus 2482, 2 manuals/17 ranks) and a 6 foot
Steinway Grand Model L piano. 

The Music Director will be responsible to rehearse, accompany and direct parish and youth choirs,
prepare Cantors for weekly, holy day and special Masses, weddings, funerals and devotions with an
appropriately enriching and growing music repertoire. Along with excellent musical skills, this position
requires a person of lively Christian faith with a spirit in a pastoral and collaborative model. Excellent
communication and people skills are a necessity. Continuing professional development will be encouraged and
supported. The position requires a BA degree or equivalent in music. The candidate must be a self-starter
who is eager and willing to develop new initiatives, create and maintain a growing music repertoire with
an understanding of the Roman Catholic liturgical requirements and work within budgetary and financial
parameters. The candidate must possess the ability to direct present and future choir members and cantors
for skill and presentation and work in harmony with the Pastor and entire parish staff.

Compensation (including benefits) will be competitive.

Please send cover letter, résumé and three references by November 1, 2014 to Rev. Richard A. Scioli, C.S.S.,
Pastor, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 5 East Main Street, Milford, MA 01757 or
email the church office.

Posted: 2014-08-04 KFM
Expires: 2014-12-05

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church of Wickford, RI
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
55 Main Street
North Kingstown, RI 02852

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church prayerfully invites applications for the position of
Director of Music, following the departure of our well-loved and long-serving incumbent.
Located in the beautiful village of Wickford, Rhode Island, Saint Paul’s is a 307 year old
Colonial parish with a strong and vibrant music tradition. We are seeking a Director of Music
to assume responsibility for directing and training the Parish Choir and the Youth Choir (RSCM)
and should demonstrate superior organ and choral skills. The Parish Choir is comprised of about
25 volunteers (SATB) and the Youth Choir has about 15. The organ is a two-manual, mechanical-action
instrument built by Stuart in 1981. The Director of Music reports directly to the Rector and assists
in crafting liturgy. S/he is responsible for all choral and instrumental music for the parish. The
successful candidate will be familiar with the liturgy and musical resources of The Episcopal Church
and will have a deep sense and understanding of the Anglican musical tradition. The Director of Music
is expected to participate fully in the life of the parish, and is encouraged to participate in professional
associations for church musicians/organists and to curate both of our organs for the broader community.

 

In consultation with the clergy and in the context of the Liturgical Year and Lectionary, the Director
of Music is responsible for planning music for all scheduled services and for communicating this in a
timely way for bulletin preparation. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:
rehearsing the Parish and Youth Choirs September – May; playing for weddings and funerals (fees separate
from salary) or securing a reliable substitute as needed; oversee the maintenance of the organs, pianos and
harpsichord (one manual); maintain the music library; maintain the Music Budget with accountability; and
attend weekly staff meetings.

 

While this is a part-time (18 hours a week) without the benefit of Health Care or Pension, there is a
negotiable salary of $20,000 – $25,000 commensurate with education and experience.

 

To apply, kindly send a résumé, references, and a cover letter which includes your philosophy of Church Music to:
Canon Heistand or mail to: Wickford, Rhode Island 02852, attn.:
The Rev. Canon Virginia Heistand, Rector

 

Web site

Posted: 2014-08-28 KFM
Expires: 2014-12-28

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Hudson, MA
MUSIC DIRECTOR/ORGANIST
5 Washington St. Hudson, MA 01749

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Hudson, MA, seeks a new organist who would also direct
a small choir and oversee the music program of the parish. The position is part-time.
Compensation is commensurate with the standards set by the American Guild of Organists.
Our 1930 Moller pipe organ is in good condition and is regularly maintained. St. Luke’s
is a small parish with one service per Sunday at 10 AM. It is a multi-ethnic parish with
commitments to the positions of The Episcopal Church.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to the Rector: Rev’d T. James Kodera.

Posted: 2014-08-28 KFM
Expires: 2014-12-28

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

Quinsigamond United Methodist Church is looking for an organist/choir director.
The church has a congregation consisting of members of Scandinavian heritage and African cultures.
The church has a small adult choir and a Liberian choir of young people who sing a capella.
The 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, Massachusetts, off Blackstone River Road, near routes 290, 146, and 20.

 

Please send a cover letter, resume, and references to:
Quinsigamond United Methodist Church
Attention: SPRC Committee
9 Stebbins Street, Worcester, MA 01607
Contact: Call (508) 755-6237 or Email
qumc.office@yahoo.com

Posted: 2014-08-28 KFM
Expires: 2014-12-28

The Cathedral of St. Paul, Worcester, MA
Children’s Choir Trainer
19 Chatham Street, Worcester, MA 01609

Children’s Music at the Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. Paul, Worcester is in need of a Choir Trainer of its Children’s Choir.
This year we will be instituting the “Voice for Life” training program from the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM).
“Voice for Life” is the RSCM’s acclaimed guide to training choirs and singers of all ages. The VOICE for LIFE scheme
provides a framework for choral singers to develop their vocal skills, their musical understanding, and their
knowledge of the repertoire.

Working under the guidance the Director of Music (Interim), the Choir Trainer will teach and rehearse the children
at their regular Saturday afternoon rehearsal (12:00-2:00). Knowledge of the VfL scheme is helpful but not essential.
Willingness to learn and use it is paramount.

Additional skills: reasonable keyboard and vocal skills. Enjoy working with children while maintaining discipline and
respect in the classroom.

The “performance” schedule of the choir is being determined. They have, in the past, sung at the 10:15 Sunday Mass once
every 4 weeks. Choir Trainer’s participation is negotiable.

One of the goals for the Children’s Music program is to provide an excellent choral musical education opportunity, singing
the finest choral music, chants and hymns in the traditional sacred music repertoire. We believe that when children are
offered the best training, held to high standards and treated with respect they can and do achieve wonderful things.

This position is part-time (approximately 4-5 hours/week).

For more information and to apply, contact John Totter, Director of Music (Interim) at the Cathedral of St. Paul, 19 Chatham St.,
Worcester, MA 01609. By Phone: 508-754-9822 or email:
CathedralMusicWorcester@gmail.com.

Posted: 2014-08-28 KFM
Expires: 2014-12-28

First Congregational Church of Gardner, MA
ORGANIST
28 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01440

First Congregational Church of Gardner is seeking an organist to play one service a week,
plus choir rehearsal on Thursdays. The position would include selecting choir anthems each week,
providing music for service and working with the pastor and music committee to coordinate special services and hymns.
The pipe organ is an 1894 George S. Hutchings (Opus 332), and has 37 stops over 4 divisions operated
by a two-manual electro-pneumatic console. We also have a concert grand Chickering piano.
Successful candidates should have a working knowledge of the type of organ we have and be able to
play the piano in order to accompany the choir and soloists.

Interested parties should forward the resume/CV to Carol Bailey, Chair of Music Committee at
cbaileyn@aol.com or mail to: 28 Green Street, Gardner, MA 01440, attn.: Carol Bailey.
The position is immediately available and auditions will be conducted immediately.

Posted: 2014-09-19 KFM
Expires: 2015-01-19