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 Choir Director/Organist Episcopal Milford NH $16K
full listing Part Time Pianist/Organist Lutheran Sturbridge MA $10K-$15K
full listing Organist/Choir Director Episcopal Sutton MA commensurate with experience
full listing Music Director/Organist UCC Monson MA $10K – $12K
full listing Organist/Pianist UCC Holden MA $10K
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 Director of Music UCC Chelmsford MA $19,000 – $25,000
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
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)
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 07/28/2015)

The Church of Our Savior of Milford, NH
Choir Director/Organist
10 Amherst St. POB 237
Milford, NH 03055

ORGANIST/CHOIR DIRECTOR (1/4 time) for Episcopal parish in Milford, NH. A successful candidate will be a joyful, capable and creative musician, a collaborator, with sincere interest in working with both our adult and children musicians and a desire to incorporate a variety of styles of music to enhance our liturgy and spiritual experience. We also hope the candidate will be interested in helping us build a musical presence in our community. Candidate will provide support to welcoming, meaningful worship combining the best of traditional and new musical styles; provide music for one Sunday service and usual holy days; as well as direct and rehearse the adult and children’s choirs. Our church features a 17-stop, custom-built Noack tracker pipe organ upgraded in 1998. Salary in the range of $16,000, commensurate with experience. Additional information regarding our church, musical programs, position description and organ can be found at < http://www.coosmilford.org >. Send resume and other pertinent information to:

Contact person name: Organist/Choir Director Search Team, The Church of Our Saviour
or mail to: P.O. Box 237
Milford, NH 03055
att: Organist/Choir Director Search Team
Tel: 603-673-3309 Ext:0
Fax: —

Posted: 05/07/15 09:17 AM KFM
Expires: 08/07/15 09:17 AM


Bethlehem Lutheran Church ELCA of Sturbridge, MA
Part Time Pianist/Organist
345 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA 01566

Our congregation is seeking a part time pianist/organist to lead us in worship here at Bethlehem Lutheran in Sturbridge, MA. Hours per week: 8-12. Services per week: 1 Sunday service. Number and type of choir(s): 1 adult choir (to be reestablished). Organ description: Current instrument is a Roland Piano with plans to upgrade church instrument. Salary range: $10-15,000, based on experience.

Contact person name: Dan Carlson
or mail to: —
—, MA —
att: —
Tel: 508-347-7297 Ext:0
Fax: —

Posted: 05/07/15 09:45 AM KFM
Expires: 08/07/15 09:45 AM

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Saint John’s Episcopal Church of Sutton, MA
Organist/Choir Director
3 Pleasant Street
Sutton, MA 01590

Saint John’s Episcopal Church, a vibrant and welcoming community with a deep love of music and an abundance of musical gifts, seeks an organist/choir director to lead, teach, and inspire us. Our small and enthusiastic choir loves to be immersed in music’s joy and challenge, both in rehearsals and in worship, following the Spirit and working as a team with our director and rector. We seek to lead and encourage our congregation to pray through song, in a variety of styles and difficulty levels, from traditional hymns to more contemporary pieces. We believe in the power of congregational song to draw us closer to God and each other, expand our sacred vocabulary, extend our boundaries, and foster our passion for justice.

Talented parishioners of all ages often join us in singing and playing instruments, including guitar and drums, especially during our regularly-scheduled intergenerational services. Our next musician will be familiar with Episcopal worship traditions and open to new adventures. She or he will also be enthusiastic about ways music can help us reach out and strengthen connections with our neighbors. We have a wonderful Mann & Trupiano Southfield 20-rank tracker organ and a console piano. We sing from many different resources, including

• The Hymnal 1982
• Lift Every Voice and Sing II
• Wonder, Love and Praise
• Voices Found
• My Heart Sings Out
• Gather
• The Faith We Sing-Worship and Song

This position is year-round with one Sunday service and weekly choir rehearsals on Thursday evenings September-early June. Additional services at holidays. Two weeks paid vacation; salary commensurate with experience. Please send resume and letter of interest to the address or email address above, attn: The Rev. Lisa Green, rector.

Contact person name: The Rev. Lisa Green, Rector
or mail to: 3 Pleasant Street
Sutton, MA 01590
att: —
Tel: 508-865-3103 Ext:0
Fax: —

Posted: 05/07/15 10:33 AM KFM
Expires: 08/07/15 10:33 AM

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First Church of Monson of Monson, MA
Music Director/Organist
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 September 1, 2015. Responsibilities include playing for one Sunday service, directing an adult and a youth choir, and coordinating the music program of the church. Instruments available are a three manual 1891 Johnson pipe organ and a Yamaha grand piano. Salary range is $10,000-$12,000. Send resume or inquiries to Mary Newland, Music Committee Chairperson at

Contact person name: Mary Newland
Tel: 413-267-3312 Ext:0

Posted: 05/19/15 12:04 PM KFM
Expires: 08/19/15 12:04 PM

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

First Congregational Church of Holden, MA (www.fcchholden.org) is seeking an organist / pianist to join our music worship starting in September 2015. This part time position (three to five hours per week) includes regular participation in a weekly Sunday worship service and Thursday choir rehearsal with our Adult Choir. On specific occasions, you may be called upon to accompany our Children’s Choir, and optionally sit in with our contemporary Praise and Worship Band. Additional special worship services are also required throughout the calendar year (Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve). Opportunities exist for additional events such as funerals and weddings. Most worship services would allow you to select and play preludes, offertories and postludes, while hymns sung by the congregation are selected by the Pastor. Our congregation is blessed to have a Casavant 1923 electro-pneumatic organ (#996) augmented in 1958 and refurbished in 2014. It includes two manuals, nineteen ranks with a restored Casavant draw-knob console. A Kawai grand piano is also in the sanctuary. The Chapel has a Hammond electronic organ. Benefits include salary up to $10,000 depending on qualifications and experience, five weeks of summer vacation, and three paid personal days. Additional time off is negotiable. Funerals and weddings compensated separately. For more information or to submit a resume, please contact the FCCH church office at (508) 829 5411 or email churchoffice@fccholden.org.

or mail to: 1180 Main Street
Holden, MA 01520
Tel: 508 329 4360 Ext:0

Posted: 05/19/15 12:28 PM KFM
Expires: 08/19/15 12:28 PM

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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

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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: —
Website:

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

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Central Congregational Church of Chelmsford, MA
Director of Music
PO Box 339
Chelmsford, MA 01824

Central Congregational Church (UCC) in Chelmsford, MA (http://www.cccchelmsford.org) is seeking a part time (15 hours per week) Director of Music to develop, direct and lead a vibrant music program that contributes to the ministry and growth of our church. The Director of Music will lead a fun-loving, 15-20 member church choir, a junior choir, and a handbell choir, and coordinate with our contemporary Christian Band. Responsibilities include providing music on the organ and/or piano for weekly worship on Sundays and special services, directing the church vocal and handbell choirs (September through June), coordinating with the pastor(s) for worship music/hymns, selecting liturgically-appropriate anthems and other musical pieces to complement worship services, performing during special services, weddings and funerals, and maintaining the music library.

Interest in helping develop a musical presence in the community through organizing and directing 1-3 community concerts per year is a plus.

Applicants must have good interpersonal skills, experience and demonstrated ability to lead and conduct adult and junior choral and handbell groups, and demonstrated ability to lead/accompany worship and the 15+ member church choir on organ and piano.

We have a Kershaw pipe organ with 2 manuals. It was built c. 1965, and rebuilt in 2009 by Stefan Meier. Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree in music and/or CAGO/ChM certification (or better). Compensation is $19,000 – $25,000, depending on qualifications and experience. We also offer 3 weeks’ paid vacation.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to the CCC Music Director Search Committee at cccmdsearch@googlegroups.com (preferred). Alternatively, these may be sent to Central Congregational Church, Attn: Don Desfosse, PO Box 339, Chelmsford, MA 01824

Questions, comments and suggestions may also be sent to to the CCC Music Director Search committee at cccmdsearch@googlegroups.com.

Number of services: 1
Rehearsals: 4 (1 adult (weeknight), 1 bell (weeknight), 1 junior choir (Sunday), 1 pre-service) (September through June)
Ensembles: Adult Choir (15-20), Junior Choir (~8), Bell Choir (~8)

Compensation: $19,000 – $25,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Additional compensation can be earned by participating in church weddings and funerals.

Contact person name: Don Desfosse
or mail to: POB 339
Chelmsford, MA 01824
att: Don Desfosse
Tel: — Ext:0
Fax: —

Posted: 06/05/15 12:19 PM KFM
Expires: 09/05/15 12:19 PM

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Pilgrim Congregational Church of Worcester, MA
Organist
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

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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: 10/22/15 10:34 PM

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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: —
Website:

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

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The First Parish of Bolton of Bolton, MA
ORGANIST/DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
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

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