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 part time pianist/organist 8-12 hrs. $7K – $12K Federated church (UCC/UUA) Berlin, MA
full listing associate organist Episcopal Hartford, Connecticut
full listing choir master/organist/bell choir director Lutheran Worcester, Massachusetts
full listing organist/choir director $10K Episcopal Southbridge, Massachusetts
For religious and music-related institutions, this provides an outlet for advertising for your opening. For a small fee, 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
E-Mail: jobs@WorcesterAGO.org
(Listing fee of $20.00 publishes listing for a duration of 4 months.)
Checks payable to: Worcester Chapter AGO, P.O. Box 20208, Worcester, MA 01602
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 07/16/2014)

The First Parish Church (UCC/UUA) of Berlin, MA
ORGANIST/PIANIST
24 Central Street, Berlin, MA 01503

The First Parish Church of Berlin, MA is a federated UCC/UUA church with a small but active congregation committed to working toward a more just and compassionate community in our town of Berlin and in the wider world.  We are in the process of a major expansion to our music program. We are looking for a candidate with enthusiasm for developing new programs, including sacred and secular music beyond worship. Our Organist/Pianist will provide service music on Sunday morning (prelude/postlude/hymns/accompanying our choir’s anthems and responses) and for the usual additional services in the course of the church year (Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Solstices, etc), as well as accompanying the choir during our mid-week choir rehearsals September-June. We have a talented choir director (M.M. Choral Conducting), and our choir is all volunteer SATB with strong leadership in all parts.  We enjoy a range of musical styles, and there is frequent collaboration between our accompanist and other instrumentalists and soloists in addition to our choir.  We seek a creative, upbeat and friendly individual who enjoys working with amateur as well as professional musicians.  Our instruments are a Rodgers 145 organ and a Samick upright piano.  There are opportunities for additional compensation from occasional weddings and funerals. We are located near Routes 495 and 290, easily accessible by car.

This is a year-round position with 5 weeks flexible vacation time, 8-12 hours/week (2-hour choir rehearsal, 2-hour Sunday morning choir warmup and service, personal practice time, and additional new programs to be determined). The salary is $7,000-$12,000, depending on skill, experience, and availability.

Desired Start Date: September 2014 or earlier

Send resume, cover letter, and 3 references to Audrey McNickol at accompanist@fpcberlin.org.

Posted: 2014-03-20 KFM
Expires: 2014-07-20

Christ Church Cathedral of Hartford, CT
Associate Organist
45 Church St. Hartford, CT 06103

The Associate Organist (AO) will report to the Director of Music (DM), and will serve as primary organist and pianist for all liturgies, concerts, and rehearsals, as well as other duties assigned by DM.

-serve as primary organist with right of first refusal for all weddings, funerals, and Diocesan events.
-serve as Assistant Conductor of the Cathedral Choir when so assigned.
-provide liturgically appropriate preludes and postludes for all services.
-assist in caring for the Cathedral organs, pianos, and harpsichord.
-work collaboratively with MD, Cathedral clergy and staff, and Assistant Director of Music for Spanish Services
-participate in staff meetings as requested.

The Associate Organist is a 12-hour position with the unusual privilege of residence on the Cathedral grounds. This makes the position ideal for a recent graduate wishing to learn the Anglican tradition and liturgy. The AO will have access to the Cathedral buildings and facilities for lessons and concerts as arranged with MD.

Qualifications: The AO should possess a BA in Organ Performance or the CAGO certification; excellent keyboard skills, particularly sightreading and improvisation; a love for good music and strong pastoral interpersonal skills. Spanish language skills are an excellent plus!

Joshua Anand Slater, Interim Music Director, 860-527-7231
email or mail to:
Interim Music Director
Christ Church Cathedral
45 Church St.
Hartford, CT 06103

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

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: 2019-09-21

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Southbridge, MA
ORGANIST/MUSIC DIRECTOR
446 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA 01550

Organ: William Laws two-manual pipe organ.
Sanctuary Piano: Yamaha upright.
Compensation: $10,000 yearly. Four weeks paid vacation.
Responsibilities: 9:30 a.m. Sunday service. Special services, including Ash Wednesday,
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Lessons and Carols Service, and Christmas Eve.
Direct a choir for Christmas and Easter (three or four rehearsals before each event).
Use the gifts of parish musicians (including clarinet, harp, guitars, soloists).
Meet with the priest for worship planning purposes. Arrange for the maintenance of organ and pianos.
Write annual report. Hymns are selected by the priest, with input from the music director.
Weddings and funerals will be compensated separately.

Contact: Call (508) 765-9559 for more information. Please send cover letter, resume, and references to
Holy Trinity Church with ” Attention: Dorothy Frisch” as the subject.

Posted: 2014-06-04 KFM
Expires: 2014-10-04