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 Music Director/Organist United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association Berlin MA $12K-$16K
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
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
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 06/05/2015)

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

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

The First Congregational Church of Holden; United Church of Christ 1180 Main Street Holden, MA 01520 Organ: A Casavant 1923 electro-pneumatic organ (#996) augmented in 1958 and refurbished last year: Two manuals, 19 ranks with a restored Casavant draw-knob console. A Kawai grand piano is also in the sanctuary. The Chapel has a Hammond electronic organ. Responsibilities and Brief Description: 3-5 hours weekly, which includes a 10AM Worship Service with adult choir. Choir rehearsal is 7:00 – 8:30PM Thursday evening. Play for special services of worship; including but not limited to: Ash Wednesday, Mid-Week Lenten Services, Maundy Thursday, Thanksgiving Eve, and Christmas Eve. Select and play preludes, offertories, and postludes for services of worship. The Pastor selects hymns. Accompany the Children’s Choir and the Praise & Worship Band. Salary: Up to $10,000.00 depending on knowledge, education, and skill level, plus additional income from weddings and funerals. Choir Directing experience a plus.
Benefits: One month (5 weeks during summer) vacation + 3 paid personal days. Additional time off is negotiable. Contact: Send resume to: Ken Buma Music Committee (508) 829-4360, E-Mail: kbuma@aol.com

Contact person name: Ken Buma
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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