Worcester AGO maintains a database of current job listings in Massachusetts and beyond. This service is provided free of charge for religious and music-related institutions, and is regularly updated and viewed by chapter members seeking positions. All open positions will be posted for 3 months, with the option for you to renew if the job hasn’t been filled. Additional details, such as hours and salary (if provided by the employer), can be found by clicking the “full listing” links below. If you would like to post a job opening or update one of the listings below, please contact us. This listing was last updated February 9, 2019.
|Posted:||Details:||Position Title:||Church & Denomination:||City/Town:||State:|
|02/09/19||full listing||Director of Liturgical Music||St. Anne/St. Patrick Parish (RCC)||Sturbridge||MA|
|10/06/18||full listing||Organist/Pianist||First Parish (UU)||Arlington||MA|
|09/21/18||full listing||Music Coordinator||St. Philip Benizi (RCC)||Grafton||MA|
|08/30/18||full listing||Director of Music||First Parish (UUA/UCC)||Westford||MA|
|08/30/18||full listing||Organist/Pianist (possibly Choir)||First Unitarian-Universalist||Mendon/Uxbridge||MA|
|08/30/18||full listing||Organist||First Congregational (UCC)||Woodstock||VT|
|08/30/18||full listing||Organist/Pianist||Congregational Church (UCC)||Grafton||MA|
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.
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 and relevant job websites
- 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.
A Vision of this Ministry
The Director of Liturgical Music is a professional who holds specialized credentials in music and who has a thorough understanding of Roman Catholic liturgy. This person of faith is responsible for the effective planning, coordination, and execution of music within the liturgical celebrations of the parish especially the Sunday liturgies and other major feasts and solemnities.
Major Responsibilities and Tasks
The Director of Liturgical Music:
Directs the parish music program, selects and plans music in cooperation with the Coordinator of Liturgy and the liturgy committee for use in parish liturgies.
Provides music, musicians and cantors for all Sunday and other major celebrations.
Invites, motivates, and trains all parish ministers of music (whether volunteer, or stipend).
Cooperates with the Coordinator of Liturgy in recruiting needed musicians and cantors, and attempts to involve newcomers and a broad spectrum of parishioners.
Effective functioning of this ministry requires, in particular, that the Director of Liturgical Music is a person of prayer, is sensitive to the cultural experience of parishioners, and understands their spirituality and worship life. He/She must be an active member, in good standing, of the Roman Catholic Church.
Competencies and Skills
Is knowledgeable of and comfortable with Church music literature in all forms and styles for the congregation, choirs (adult, teen, and children), vocalists, and instrumentalists.
Is proficient in liturgical principles.
Has a thorough understanding of the musical, liturgical, and pastoral judgments, which must be made in selecting music for liturgy.
Must be able to play the organ, and the piano.
Is proficient in directing a choir.
Formation, Training, and Criteria for Readiness
Minimally, a Bachelor’s Degree in Music or equivalent is required, even though a more professional qualification, such as the equivalent of a Master’s Degree in Music and Liturgy, is preferred.
Part-time, 20 to 25 hours a week which includes planning and providing music for all the Sunday masses and other major celebrations, organizing and rehearsing a parish choir, and training possible cantors. Salary is in the range of $25k/year.
Providing music for weddings and funerals will be an added benefit.
Please send cover letter and resume to Fr. Alex A. Castro, AA, Pastor firstname.lastname@example.org
Background: First Parish in Arlington is a buoyant, vibrant and growing community of over 400 members with a youth group of more than 60 members and the largest UU RE programs in New England. At the heart of First Parish’s ministry is a thriving music program with a 45-member choir and a number of talented singers and instrumentalists. We seek an accomplished and resourceful Pianist/Organist to join our staff in a part time position. Please visit our website for more information about the Music Program at First Parish.
Job Summary: Under the direction of the Director of Music, the Organist/Pianist performs at the organ and piano at Sunday services during the approximately 40-week program year. The Organist/Pianist is responsible for providing service music (prelude, postlude, offertory, incidental music) and for accompanying the choir and other musicians. In collaboration with the Director of Music, called Minister and the Music Committee, the Organist/Pianist plans and performs music that enhances worship and the spiritual life at First Parish. The Organist/Pianist must work effectively as part of a team in a faith community, including the music director, minister, worship and music committee members, fellow employees, church choir and members of the congregation.
This is a part time position (on average, 13 hours per week) and is not benefits-eligible. The program year runs from the Sunday after Labor Day in September through mid-June.
The position is available to start immediately, with the salary pro-rated.
Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent and church performance experience is required. Advanced or Master’s level music study is desirable. Excellent sight-reading and skill reading choral scores are essential. Improvisational skills and a familiarity with diverse musical genres are essential. A basic understanding of Unitarian Universalist or religious liberal principles will be helpful.
· Provide organ and piano music for all worship services. Sunday morning: rehearsal and worship service (9:00 – 11:30 am.)
· Provide accompaniment for Thursday evening choir rehearsals (currently 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.), Children’s Choir rehearsals, when requested (currently 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays), and specifically arranged rehearsals with vocalists and/or instrumentalists.
· Current special services include three Christmas Eve services, two Easter services, and two music-focused Sunday morning services with potentially a Saturday dress rehearsal immediately preceding each of these two services.
· Facilitate congregational singing through musical accompaniment for hymns
· Work in collaboration with the Director of Music, minister and others planning worship services to encourage the musical talents and broad participation of members of the congregation.
· Provide timely information regarding musical selections to the church office for publishing in the service bulletin
· Recruit and prepare substitutes to perform during scheduled absences, in consultation with the Director of Music.
· Provide input on the condition of the church’s musical instruments to the Director of Music and Music Committee so that appropriate maintenance and repairs can be arranged.
Compensation: Salary range $11,000 — 13,490 per full program year for the part time position.
How To Apply: Interview and rehearsal audition to be arranged. Please send cover letter, resume and any relevant documents to email@example.com, attention: Organist Search Committee. Paper applications will not be accepted.
Additional Information: The Organist/Pianist reports to the Director of Music.
Providing music for private services outside of the regular Sunday morning services, such as for weddings and memorial services, is not part of the Organist/Pianist’s responsibility. However, Organist/Pianist has the first right to play for and be compensated for such services.
First Parish has a 16 rank E. & G.G. Hook tracker organ, (Opus 523, built in 1869, with three couplers, and two “composition pedals.”), Kawai and Steinway concert grand pianos, and a Yamaha electronic keyboard.
First Parish is accessible by public transportation via bus from Harvard Square or Alewife Station (Red Line).
St. Philip Benizi Parish (RCC)
St. Philip Benizi Parish in Grafton is seeking a Music Coordinator for the 9 am Sunday Mass. This individual must be proficient in organ, piano, guitar or a mix, select appropriate music, be collaborative in working with cantors and have a working knowledge and respect for Catholic liturgy. Please send a cover letter and resume to Lisa Stewart, Business Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
A few more details about our parish are that St. Philip is a small parish of about 200 families. They share a Pastor with St. Mary in North Grafton. We only have 1 Mass every Sunday at 9am; there are no weekday Masses or Holy Days Masses for the most part. We celebrate the Triduum at St. Mary’s but we do have an Easter morning Mass and a vigil and morning Mass for Christmas. We share Confirmation with 4 or 5 other parishes which is held at the Cathedral so the Cathedral tells us who they feel comfortable with playing for the Mass. Only 1 First Eucharist celebration is held at St. Philip during a 9am Mass, the rest are held at St. Mary. There is no choir but we do have about 4 cantors who are looking for someone to lead them.
First Parish Church
Jr. and Sr. Choir, one service, off all of July and August
2 Manual 17 rank J.B. Willcox pipe organ
Salary: $12,800 (43 weeks)
Email resume to: email@example.com
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Mendon and Uxbridge is seeking an organist/pianist and possibly Choir Director. The congregation is small but considers Music to be a very important of our worship experience. There is one service on Sunday at 10:30. In the main Sanctuary we have small unit organ with 27 stops built by William Laws in 1938 located in the rear gallery of an 1820 building. We also have a Steinway O grand piano in front on the main floor. From Christmas to March we move to the meeting hall which has a Mc Phail upright piano. Music is not part of our informal summer services from mid-June to the week after Labor Day. There is a possibility of some work during the summer but not regular services. There are also some weddings and funerals available.
The position is very part time with the possibility of increasing. Our service is relatively standard—Prelude, Postlude, Offertory, Doxology, and three hymns. If the choir is resurrected there would also be an Introit and Anthem. Without the Choir the time commitment is 4-6 hours. Compensation is negotiable depending on experience and skill.
For more information or to apply contact:
Minister: Rev. Ralph T Clarke
13 Maple Street (P.O. Box 392)
Mendon, MA 01756
Phone: (598) 473-8681 (Church)
Minister’s Cell Phone: (978) 808-3770
Minister’s E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Congregational Church
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 email@example.com. Telephone: 802-457-2354.
Congregational Church of Grafton (UCC)
The Church Organist/Pianist works with the Choir Director and reports to the Music Committee to usher and lead the congregation in a spirit of worship, accompany the church choir, and support the worship service with appropriate musical offerings. This is a part time position (5 hours per week).
Coordinate with the Choir Director and the Pastor in planning, preparing, and playing of music appropriate to each service of worship
Prepare appropriate music for annual special services including, but not limited to, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and Christmas services
Prepare sufficiently for optimum performance on the organ or piano for both rehearsals and worship
Accompany weekly rehearsals of the Church Choir
Lead the congregation’s singing of hymns and responses
Accompany soloists in worship as needed
Assist with bulletin proofreading as available
Attend staff meetings, worship meetings, and special worship planning sessions throughout the year
Play for special gatherings of the church when requested by the Pastor
Provide appropriate substitutes for worship services or special events when not available
The Organist/pianist possesses the right of first refusal to play for funerals and weddings
Skills and Qualifications:
Attested musical skills on the organ and piano
Strong team player with the staff and congregation
Minimum of 2-4 years’ experience in a church-related setting preferred
Bachelor’s degree in organ or piano performance preferred
Ability to sight-read preferred
Ability to communicate well and in a friendly manner with the pastors, worship and music committee members, fellow employees, church choir, praise and worship team, and members of the congregation
The Congregational Church of Grafton, U.C.C. is a church of 100 members. 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. The church provides a budget for proper care of the organ and pianos located in the church, including biannual organ and piano tunings and any necessary repairs. The Organist/Pianist shall report to the Music Committee concerning the condition and maintenance needs of the organ and pianos, including tunings, repairs, etc.
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.
The position is 5 hours per week, with a salary of $8,000 and 4 Sundays paid vacation per year. The Organist shall have permission to conduct private organ lessons and make the organ available to qualified students.
Qualified applicants should email a resume and cover letter to:
Bob McLean, Chair
Congregational Church of Grafton