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 Full time organist/choir director Roman Catholic Southbridge MA
full listing Director of Music Episcopal Wickford RI
full listing Children’s Choir Trainer Roman Catholic Worcester MA
full listing Organist United Church of Christ Gardner MA
full listing Part time Choir Director/Organist United Church of Christ Essex Junction VT 17K-23K
full listing Music Director/Organist Episcopal Natick MA
full listing Director of Music United Church of Christ Monson MA negotiable
full listing Music Director/Organist United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association Berlin MA 12K->16K
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 03/01/2015)

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

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

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

First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, VT
Part time Choir Director/Organist
1 Church Street
Essex Junction VT 05452

First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, VT, U.C.C. seeks PT Organist/Choir Director. Job includes directing adult & women’s choirs, and playing organ & piano @ 2 services [beautifully refurbished 1928 Estey organ / Young Chang baby grand]. Salary range 17-23k. Cover letter & resume to Pat Seaver c/o 1st Congregational Church, 1 Church St. Essex Junction VT 05452, or email to <musicdirectorfccejsearch@fccej.org>

Contact person name: Jen Dooley, Administrator

or mail to: 1 Church Street
Essex Junction VT 05452
att: Pat Seaver
Tel: 802 878 5745
Fax: 802 872 8236
Website: www.fccej.org

Posted: 2014-10-11 KFM
Expires: 2015-02-11

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Natick, MA
Music Director/Organist
39 East Central Street
Natick, MA 01760

St. Paul’s seeks a half-time musician (20 hr/wk) to support our vibrant music program: leading and training adult and children’s choirs; leading worship through organ and piano playing (one Sunday morning service); and participating as a member of a collaborative and creative staff for planning liturgies. RSCM has been in place in the recent past. There is potential for growth through a second service and/or youth choir. Annual operating budget: $500,000. Average attendance: 240. Public transit (train)

Contact person name: Stewart Wood

or mail to: 1 Hickey Drive
Framingham, MA 01701
Tel: 774 249 2052 Ext:0
Fax: —
Website: —

Posted: 10/11/14 11:43 PM KFM
Expires: 02/11/15 09:00 AM

First Church Monson of Monson, MA
Director of Music
5 High Street
Monson, MA 01057

First Church of Monson MA seeks a Director of Music. This part time position (10-14 hours) will be available in January, 2015. Responsibilities include playing for one Sunday service, direction of adult and youth choirs, and coordination of the music program of the church. Instruments available are a three manual 1891 Johnson pipe organ as well as a Yamaha grand piano. Salary is negotiable. Send resume or inquiries to Music Committee/Mary Newland at office@firstchurchmonson.org

Contact person name: Mary Newland
or mail to: 5 High Street
Monson, MA 01057
att: —
Tel: 413-267-3312 Ext:0
Fax: —
Website: www.firstchurchmonson.org

Posted: 10/19/14 10:14 PM KFM
Expires: 02/19/15 10:14 PM

First Parish Church of Berlin of Berlin, MA
Music Director/Organist
24 Central Street
Berlin, MA 01503

Our church is looking for a Music Director to start in September, 2015. We are the First Parish Church, in Berlin, Mass – a congregation affiliated with both the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association. We are a small church – about 80 active members – but we have a very robust music program for a small church! Our SATB adult choir consists of 10-14 dedicated members with strong leadership in all voice parts. The choir ‘season’ lasts from the Sunday after Labor Day through the end of June. We expect the Music Director to lead the choir and also play organ/piano accompaniment for our weekly worship services. So while the Music Director will be responsible for the choir between September and June, he or she will also be expected to provide the piano/organ accompaniment in Sunday worship year-round. We do offer 5 weeks of vacation. Our particulars: Federated UUA and UCC congregation of 80 active members. Dedicated choir of 10-14 adults. Good SATB leadership and balance. Extensive choral library. Part-time (8-10 hours each week, including prep time) salary: $12,000 – $16,000 depending upon experience. Interested candidates should submit their resume to:

Contact person name: Robyn Tarantino
or mail to: 24 Central Street
Berlin, MA 01503
att: —
Tel: — Ext:0
Fax: —

Posted: 2015-03-01 07:00 KFM
Expires: 2015-06-01 00:00