The Worcester Chapter AGO maintains a database of current job listings within Worcester and central Massachusetts.
Click for Substitute Organists(and Directors) or Instrumental/Vocalist Hiring List.
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 Info
|full listing||Organist/choir director||Quinsigamond (UMC)||Worcester||MA||negotiable|
|full listing||Music Director/Organist||Episcopal||Ayer||MA||$15K – $18K per year|
|full listing||Minister of Music (part-time position)||Episcopal||Holden||MA||—|
|full listing||Choir Director||Greek Orthodox||Worcester||MA||Negotiable|
|full listing||Director of Music||UCC||Pittsfield||MA||—|
|full listing||Church Musician||Episcopal||Worcester||MA||negotiable|
|full listing||Choir Director||Greek Orthodox||Worcester||MA||Negotiable|
|full listing||Choir Director||St. John’s Lutheran||Sudbury||MA||Negotiable|
|full listing||Organist||St. John’s Lutheran||Sudbury||MA||Negotiable|
|full listing||Music Director/Organist||The Original Congregational Church||Wrentham||MA||Negotiable|
|full listing||Interim Music Director/Organist (full-time)||First Congregational||Shrewsbury||MA||Competitive|
|full listing||Director of Music||Bethel Lutheran||Auburn||MA||commensurate|
|full listing||Organist/Choir director||Congregational Church||Grafton||MA||$17,000|
|full listing||Interim Music Minister/Organist||South Church (UCC)||Andover||MA||commensurate|
|full listing||Director of Music Ministry||United Parish||Lunenburg||MA||negotiable|
FREE: 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 from the National AGO database.
For job seekers, please see the following resources/links – unfortunately there’s little collaboration between chapters, so if you’re looking to move to an area, you would likely need to either pre-join a chapter or ask for special permission for access to the chapter data that local members have access to.
Regarding Salary Guidelines and Fees, the AGO is no longer permitted to post or otherwise compile compensation and contract information. We encourage an employee to do Google Searches for denominational and other salary table information, or turn to a number of other comparative resources, such as (1) what you currently earn, (2) what you understand other similarly qualified individuals earn, whether they are organists in your community or other professionals such as musicians in symphony orchestras, or university professors, (3) published information from unions of similarly qualified professionals such as the American Federation of Musicians, (4) data published regularly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and (5) guidelines published by denominational music organizations. It may be particularly useful to document what your time commitments will be to plan, prepare, practice, and perform service music, and to carry out all other duties expected of you for the position. You can also detail your academic study, years of training, and relevant experience to prepare for salary discussions with your employer. What the AGO cannot do, however, is provide you with salary data or sample contracts.
Worcester & Central Massachusetts:
Leonardo Ciampa, Jobs Postings Editor E-Mail: jobs@WorcesterAGO.org
Recommended steps/resources for churches seeking musicians:
- 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.
- 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.
- Determine your church music ministry mission, scope, needs, job description, salary ranges, etc.
- Determine your interviewing process, including thorough auditions and discussion interviews.
- 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)
- 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.
The following table contains links to regional AGO Chapters and their subbing and jobs lists (where available).
|AGO Chapter||Main Website||Subbing List||Open Jobs|
|Monadnock||website||no list||no list||Dean|
Patrick Kabanda, Dean
Norma Reich, Placement Coordinator (AGONorma@aol.com)
Peter Krasinski, Dean
Janet Hunt, Placement Coordinator (E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lad Pfiefer, Dean
Becky Isaacson, Placement Coordinator (Phone: 413-567-7659)
No current information available.
The National AGO site offers substitute listing to address the need for interim organists:
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CURRENT WORCESTER-AREA LISTINGS
(LAST UPDATED 08/05/2017)
Quinsigamond United Methodist Church is looking for an organist/choir director. Historically the church has a Scandinavian heritage and now highlights Swedish and Liberian traditions at special times throughout the year. The church has a small adult choir. Occasionally Liberian young people sing a capella or are accompanied on the piano. 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. The church is located in the Quinsigamond Village section of Worcester, MA, off Blackstone River Road, near routes 290, 146, and 20.
The position runs from the second week in September through the third week in June. The individual chosen must be available throughout that time—including the seasons of Advent and Easter. The organist is responsible for playing on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and one Wednesday evening during Lent. The organist should be available to play at weddings, funerals, or special services.
Choir Rehearsal is on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. Worship begins at 11:00 a.m. and lasts approximately an hour, depending upon the program.
The organist is responsible for choosing the organ selections for the worship service. Hymns are chosen by the pastor with input from the organist and/or worship committee.
The salary range will depend upon the skills of the individual hired and the finances of the church. Salary will be discussed during the interview. Benefits include rehearsals on Sunday morning; “Coffee and….” fellowship following each service; and a warm, loving congregational family. No other benefits are included.
Send resume and contact information to: Staff-Parish Relations Committee
Quinsigamond United Methodist Church
9 Stebbins Street, Worcester, MA 01607
Call 508 755-6237 or Email email@example.com for additional information.
Original Congregational Church of Wrentham
Wrentham, MA 02093
The Original Congregational Church (OCC) of Wrentham, MA is seeking a part-time, enthusiastic, innovative and collaborative Music Director and Organist to oversee organ, choral and other music for worship services and special occasions.
OCC is a vibrant, welcoming congregation that has a history of exceptional organ and choir music and is seeking a candidate with prior music experience as a director of music. Our instrument is a 1926 Austin organ, opus 1457, with three manuals and 13 ranks.
The candidate should have knowledge of organ and choral literature and have the ability to play the organ and piano at an advanced level. Additionally, the candidate will coordinate and oversee rehearsals of our senior choir and accompany choir and soloists at services and special occasions. The position is responsible for coordinating the music appropriate to the liturgical calendar in consultation with the pastor. The candidate will be expected to provide leadership and support for all aspects of music at the church, which may include supporting the youth choir director, bell choir director and a men’s chorus.
Estimated time commitment is 12 to 15 hours per week yearly average
The salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and any other material you feel would support your candidacy to:
The Original Congregational Church
1 East Street
P.O. Box 657
Wrentham, MA 02093
Or email same to:
First Congregational Church, Woodstock, Vermont of Woodstock, VT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone: 802-457-2354.
Posted: 07/22/15 10:34 PM KFM
Expires: 08/22/16 10:34 PM
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ayer, MA, seeks ¼ time Organist/Choir director to start fall 2016. We are a growing church with a small but strong choir. Worship is mostly traditional, using 1980 Hymnal and all supplements. Services include one choral anthem weekly, hymns, and service music. Quarterly “Intergenerational” services that include children provide an opportunity for inclusion of Gospel/ contemporary style music. Estey Organ – OPUS 1423 – Rebuilt 2002, Andover Organ; Baby Grand piano. Responsibilities include providing music for all Sunday and Holy Day services and directing one Adult Choir (rehearsals 1 ½ hours on a weeknight and 1 hour before the service on Sunday). Energy and flexibility are strongly desired qualities. Enthusiasm for the liturgy and planning worship in collaboration with the clergy especially desired. A fund exists to help provide new music, and pay for soloists and Instrumentalists on special occasions Pay in accordance with AGO standards, between $15K – $18K per year depending on qualifications and experience. Opportunities for additional income through weddings and funerals. One month paid summer vacation, continuing Ed. Very convenient to Fitchburg- Boston commuter line. Thirty minutes from Worcester, one hour from Boston.
Send cover letter and resume.
Posted: 05/01/16 05:30 PM KFM
Expires: 08/01/16 05:30 PM
St. Francis Episcopal Church of Holden, MA
Minister of Music (part-time position)
70 Highland Street
Holden, MA 01520
General Summary of the Position: The Minister of Music will work under the direction of the Rector to provide and select appropriate organ, piano and choral music for regularly scheduled Sunday services and Holy Days, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Easter, Confirmation, and shall be responsible for the weekly rehearsing and directing of the choir. The Minister of Music is a part-time position, with the allotted hours of 10-12 hours per week on average. The Minister of Music is a regular staff position and the employment agreement may be dissolved by mutual consent or upon 90 days notice by either party.
1. Ability to lead and share in worship by
• Playing a variety of traditional and contemporary organ and/or keyboard music
• Rehearsing and directing the adult choir for the Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. Choir rehearsals are currently held on Sunday mornings.
• Meet with and provide administrative help for the Saturday Music Team
• Rehearse with soloists; small groups, and instrumentalists as needed
• Provide music, as needed, for special services (not outlined above), funerals, and weddings. Compensation for these events is additional and according to AGO standards.
2. Planning and Administration
• Meet regularly with the Rector and staff, and others as necessary for the general planning and leadership of the music program
• Coordinate with Church School Director and Handbell Choir Director for special musical offerings
• Coordinate instrument maintenance
• Arrange for supply organists when necessary
• Be responsible for the purchase of all music and music supplies and the hiring of instrumentalists and vocal soloists
• Maintain music budget
• Organize and maintain the music library, ordering of new music, and copyright licenses
* Prepare an annual report
• Work with the members of the Music Ministry to care for and pray for each other in times of need and build a sense of community and fellowship among members
• Encourage and support members of the Music Ministry and the parish in their spiritual growth
• Recruit new members for the Music Ministry
• Offer musical training opportunities as needed
• Create opportunities for children to participate in the music program
• Encourage congregational participation in the service music
• Participate in opportunities for continuing education which will enrich the music program
• Bachelor of Music or equivalent with organ and piano performance ability and choral conducting skills
• Knowledge of Episcopal liturgy and music
• Enthusiastic, friendly and enjoys working with amateur as well as professional musicians
• Ability to connect and work with people of all ages
• Good organizational skills
• Creative: willingness to try new things while respecting tradition
• Willingness to be part of a team, lay and ordained, to do the work God gives us to do
Posted: 05/24/16 11:47 AM KFM
Expires: 08/24/16 11:47 AM
Community Church of Pepperell of Pepperell, MA
3 Townsend Street
Our church is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association. The Community Church of Pepperell is located at Three Townsend Street in the old center of Pepperell, Massachusetts. Position: Part Time Organist/Accompanist to support one weekly choir
rehearsal and Sunday service, special church services; occasional accompaniment for soloists, guest musicians, and music events.
Hours: Sunday Morning 9:00 to 11:00, Wednesday 7:30PM to 9:00 PM
Estimated Average Hours per Month: 15
Monthly Salary: $475/Month
Vacation: 4 Weeks (Normally Month of July, with substitution any time)
Weddings & Funerals: $150 Extra
The Hook and Hastings pipe organ, which has been recently renovated to preserve its antiquity status in our community, rises majestically in the chancel with 629 pipes still in use today. The Chickering Concert Grande Piano was completely rebuilt, including replacement of the soundboard.
• Candidate must demonstrate knowledge of Christian musical traditions.
• Under the direction of the Choir Director, play the organ and/or piano for regularly scheduled worship services including a prelude/postlude, hymns, choral accompaniments and incidental music as requested. (Sunday 9:00 to 11:00AM)
• Play the organ and/or piano at regularly scheduled choir rehearsals and at special rehearsals, with adequate prior notice by the Choir Director, in support of usual or special worship events. (Normally Wed Evenings at 7:00 PM)
• Play the organ and/or piano for special worship events, including Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday, as mutually agreed upon with the Choir Director and ministerial staff.
• Recommend preludes, postludes, or hymns as requested by the Choir Director or Pastor.
• Play (or oversee the use of) the organ and other church instruments for weddings and funerals held in the church.
• Oversee care and maintenance of the organ and other church instruments within budgetary limits.
• Recommend substitute and guest musicians to the Choir Director as appropriate when arranging vacation.
Contact person name: —
or mail to: 3 Townsend Street
Pepperell, MA —
Tel: — Ext:0
Posted: 06/01/16 04:00 PM KFM
Expires: 09/01/16 04:00 PM
ST. SPYRIDON GREEK ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL, WORCESTER of Worcester, MA
The position is primarily for a choir director. Organ used only to give pitches to choir.
One service Sunday mornings. Time commitment 9:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Occasional weeknight choir rehearsal (perhaps once/month). (This occasional rehearsal can also be scheduled one hour prior to the Sunday morning 9:45 start time.) Service music for Sunday mornings is essentially the same every week, with occasional new hymn.
Extra rehearsals/preparation as needed to prepare for Holy Week. A member of the Orthodox community will be available to provide coaching/guidance for a musician who is not familiar with the Orthodox liturgy. Weddings (approx. 15 per year) are optional; they can be played by the choir director or an outside organist. Position begins September 1st.
Contact person name: Father Dimitri
or mail to: —
Worcester, MA —
Tel: 508-791-7326 Ext:0<
Posted: 06/21/16 04:00 PM KFM
Expires: 06/21/16 04:00 PM
South Congregational Church of Pittsfield, MA
Director of Music
South Congregational Church in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, seeks a part-time, year-round Director of Music to plan and lead the church’s music program. The Director of Music collaborates with church staff and lay leaders to foster, support, and coordinate worship and spiritual growth through congregational, choral, and instrumental music. South Church is looking for a thoughtful, self-directed musician and an enthusiastic, imaginative team player who shares the congregation’s commitment to the church family and the wider community.
The Director of Music’s primary responsibilities include providing service music on organ and/or piano at regular Sunday services; rehearsing weekly and directing the adult Chancel Choir (15+ members); choosing hymns and other service music for weekly worship in consultation with the pastor; providing organ/piano, choral, and special music for several additional services during the year; and playing for weddings/funerals. The Director of Music will work with the Christian Education Director to integrate musical experiences into an active and growing Christian Education program and will explore options for using the church’s hand bells, tone chimes, and other instruments.
For the complete job posting and application instructions, please visit < http://southchurchpittsfield.org/position-opening-director-of-music/ >
Contact person name: —
or mail to: —
Tel: — Ext:0
Posted: 08/07/16 05:50 AM KFM
Expires: 11/07/16 05:50 AM
Director of Choirs Position – St. John Lutheran Church, Sudbury, MA
Our musically invested congregation seeks a part-time Director of Choirs to provide creative leadership,
direction and rehearsal of an adult choir and an adult handbell choir. The director of choirs will work with
others in the congregation to develop opportunities for children and young people to enter St. John’s
music ministry. This is a 15-18 hr/wk position involving close collaboration with the organist and the
pastor. Salary is competitive, negotiable based on guidelines and experience. The successful candidate
will also be permitted to use the facility and its instruments for private teaching. While St. John is not
accessible by public transportation, travel arrangements may be negotiable for the successful candidate
who relies on it. For more information please contact Pastor Don Larsen at 978-443-8350 or
Organist Position – St. John Lutheran Church, Sudbury, MA
Our musically invested congregation seeks a part-time Organist/Pianist for 2 Sunday services and feast
day liturgies. St. John’s music ministry is anchored by a 27 rank tracker instrument built by J.W. Walker
and Sons in 1989. The organist also serves as rehearsal accompanist for the adult choir. This is a 12-15
hr/wk position involving close collaboration with the director of choirs and the pastor. Salary is
competitive, negotiable based on guidelines and experience. The successful candidate will also be
permitted to use the facility and its instruments for private teaching. While St. John is not accessible by
public transportation, travel arrangements may be negotiable for the successful candidate who relies on it.
For more information please contact Pastor Don Larsen at 978-443-8350 or email@example.com.
Interim Music Director and Organist
First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, MA
Start Date – September 11, 2017
Anticipated End Date – September 1, 2018 (or earlier)
The First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (FCCSM) is seeking a full-time Interim Director of Music. The Interim Director of Music will begin in September and continue through June 2018, and is eligible to apply for the permanent position, The Interim Director will be responsible for planning all music during worship services.
FCCSM has a long and proud tradition of providing a wide variety of fine music at worship services and for other Church and community events throughout the year. Boasting one of the largest music programs of any denomination in the entire region, our Music Ministry currently has nearly 100 participants. The performance level of many of the vocal and Handbell ensembles is quite high with opportunities for all levels of experience and ages from kindergarten through senior citizen.
Rehearse, accompany and direct the Senior Choir.
Work with choir members and musicians with a range of experience and familiarity using effective teaching methods and vocal pedagogy.
Provide leadership and support to the Directors of the Church’s other ensembles and incorporate them in worship services. These ensembles include Youth Singers, Children’s Choir and Handbell ensembles.
Cultivate the formation of musical groups and other musical offerings from both within the congregation and community.
Ability to arrange and adapt music as needed.
Organist/pianist skills strongly preferred.
Attend weekly staff meetings currently held on Wednesday morning to plan worship music.
Attend meetings of the Music Committee.
Provide guidance to the Music Librarian.
Coordinate with the Church Secretary about descriptions and references in the weekly service bulletins.
Make occasional contributions to the Church’s monthly publication, Church on the Green.
Education and Experience
The position of Interim Director of Music requires substantial professional training and experience in organ, piano, choral conducting, sacred music and music education. The preferred candidate should be a degreed professional or have the equivalent work experience. As well as experience in administration and supervision of volunteer and professional musicians.
Knowledge of organ and choral music traditionally used in a UCC church.
Salary and benefits are competitive.
Interim Music Director is subject to Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check as required by Church policies.
Actual hours worked each week could vary at certain times of the year (heavy around Christmas and Easter, very light in the summer).
Right of first refusal for requests to provide music at weddings and funerals.
Formal job description available on request.
Deadline: July 17, 2017
Please email resume (with references) and cover letter to: Marianne Brodrick, Office Administrator
Address: First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, 19 Church Road, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone: (508) 845-7286
Contact: Thomas Porter
Address: 19 Church Road Shrewsbury MA 01545
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC – Bethel Lutheran, Auburn, MA
Congregation seeking an experienced/trained organist and choirmaster for Sunday and special worships. Single Sunday service at 10:15AM, adult choir (rehearses one mid-week evening and briefly before worship) and children’s choir (rehearses Sunday mornings between 9:15AM-9:35AM).
Gress-Miles pipe organ with electronic augments, Steinway-upright and Everett baby grand in the nave. First-refusal for weddings and funerals. Salary commensurate with experience.
Contact The Rev. Andrew Borden at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office at 508-832-3427.
Church Organist/Choir Director
The Congregational Church of Grafton, U.C.C., a church of 150 members, is actively soliciting applicants for the above position, Organist/Choir Director. The position is open as of September 5, 2017. Salary offered is $17,000 per year and this is considered a 10 hour per week position.
· choir leadership, including one evening rehearsal,
· leading the music portions of worship on one Sunday morning service,
· and other occasional religious services such as Christmas Eve, or Ash Wednesday.
We have a good quality Wicks pipe organ, a Mason & Hamlin grand piano, a two-octave set of hand-bells, and a small but committed choir. Talented youth in the congregation also participate in the adult choir, or with instruments, and we want someone to encourage and utilize these individuals. We have a good music library.
Our choir history is one of offering a wide variety of classical and contemporary music.
· Commitment to the congregation and support of music therein
· Solid training and skill on organ as well as in piano and choral ensembles.
· The Organist/Choir Director will be expected to interact with the Pastor, the Music Committee and the Deacons to plan musical support for all worship services.
You are encouraged to contact Robert McLean at email@example.com
We are informed by the United Church of Christ Musicians Association, Inc. and the American Guild of Organists in putting together the salary package, expected duties, references and background checks.
If you are looking for a position to grow and nurture a music program, challenge us to try new things, and bring a love for music in worship, this is the place for you!
For inquiry, please contact:
Congregational Church of Grafton
Attn.: Robert McLean firstname.lastname@example.org or Donna Blanchard 508-450-4980
South Church in Andover, a vibrant and diverse congregation with nearly 700 members and a strong tradition of choral and instrumental music, seeks a gifted and experienced musician to lead our growing music program. The ideal candidate will have a passion for creatively leading worship with Adult, Children’s, and Handbell Choirs; and draw on the talents of the many musicians and instrumentalists in our congregation, including a folk ensemble. This full-year interim position is 30 hours per week, except during 2 summer months when it is 10 hours per week. A full description is available at http://southchurch.com/part-time-music-directororganist/.
The United Parish of Lunenburg is currently interviewing candidates for the Director of Music Ministry position. We are a blended congregation affiliated with both the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ. Located in North Central Massachusetts – about 30 minutes north of Worcester, Lunenburg has a population of about 10,000.
The United Parish is a vibrant faith community with a rich history of recognizing individual differences and diversity. The congregation is musically appreciative and boasts of many gifted musicians. This part-time position requires an average of 15 hours per week to supervise the music program, coordinating with the Pastoral staff and Worship Committee. The Director of Music Ministry will direct the established Senior Choir of 20 adults while serving as organist/pianist, and create and sustain a multifaceted/ multigenerational music ministry.
Our tradition is for the music to be an integral part of our worship, engaging the vocal and instrumental talents in our congregation with traditional music as well as music from a variety of cultures and traditions. An ideal candidate will bring education and experience in church liturgy and sacred music; accomplished keyboard skills; excellent organization and communication skills; collaborative working style; creativity; and the ability to organize and direct volunteer choirs and musicians.
Responsibilities include: Overall responsibility for the Music Program: Directing and accompanying the Senior Choir at one evening rehearsal and one Sunday morning rehearsal each week and during the weekly service (September – June); arranging for special music (vocal or instrumental) at those services that the Senior Choir does not sing; planning and directing the music program during special services (Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and other significant observances); secure musicians to provide music for each of the summer services.
Compensation is negotiable (September – June).
Send resume and letter of interest to:
Meg Smith, Office Manager
United Parish of Lunenburg
39 Main Street
Lunenburg, MA 10462
Or email to: email@example.com – Subject: Director of Music Ministry Position
All inquiries will be kept in the strictest confidence.