Worcester AGO maintains a database of current job listings in Massachusetts and beyond. Please notify us if a job posted here has been filled.
|Full Listing:||Position Title:||Church & Denomination:||City/Town:||State:||Salary:|
|full listing||Minister of Music||Memorial Congregational (UCC)||Sudbury||MA||competitive|
|full listing||Keyboardist/Choir director||St. Mark’s Episcopal||East Longmeadow||MA||unknown|
|full listing||Director of Music||First Parish (UUA/UCC)||Westford||MA||$12,800 (43 weeks)|
|full listing||Director of Music Ministry||Wesley United Methodist||Worcester||MA||competitive|
|full listing||Interim Organist/Choir Director||Grace Episcopal||Newton||MA||negotiable|
|full listing||Organist/Pianist (possibly Choir)||First Unitarian-Universalist||Mendon/Uxbridge||MA||negotiable|
|full listing||Organist||First Congregational (UCC)||Woodstock||VT||negotiable|
|full listing||Minister of Music||St. Francis Episcopal||Holden||MA||—|
|full listing||Organist/Accompanist||Community Church (UCC/UUA)||Pepperell||MA||$475/Month|
|full listing||Director of Music||South Congregational (UCC)||Pittsfield||MA||—|
|full listing||Organist/Choir director||Congregational Church (UCC)||Grafton||MA||$17,000|
|full listing||Director of Music Ministry||United Parish (UMC/UCC)||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. 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|
|Berkshire MA||FB page||(none)||(none)||Dean|
|Monadnock||website||no list||no list||Dean|
CURRENT WORCESTER-AREA LISTINGS
(LAST UPDATED 08/10/2018)
Memorial Congregational Church (UCC), Sudbury, MA seeks a half-time Minister of Music to walk together with us as we worship God and serve humanity. Our next Minister of Music will be an accomplished organist and choir director who will appreciate, nurture, and manage our strong, dedicated, and diverse musical ministries, as well as closely collaborate with our Senior Pastor in crafting worship services. We seek a person who will live out our practice of welcome, acceptance, affirmation, and connection in the spirit of Jesus, within the choir loft, the pews, and the greater community.
St. Marks is a growing, multi-generational, welcoming, and musically broad Episcopal Church located in East Longmeadow, MA. We have a long history of breadth in music and with a twelve voice SABT choir. The church has a baby grand piano, a Southfield pipe organ, multiple octaves of handbells and a recently formed handbell choir. St. Marks is currently seeking an ambitious, energetic, flexible and musically broad individual to work roughly ten hours a week directing the choir and accompanying them on the key board while leading the 10 am service in worship. The appropriate candidate must have the ability to meet with the rector (pastor) to select from broad range of sacred music and lead choir rehearsals (Thursday evenings—2 hours and Sunday mornings—30 minutes). A CORI and background check will be required. Salary commensurate with experience.
Ability to play the organ is hoped for but not required.
Deadline to apply for this job is July 15th, 2018
Please contact Fr. Peter Swarr with cover letters and resume at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-525-6341
First Parish Church
Jr. and Sr. Choir, one service, off all of July and August
2 Manual 17 rank J.B. Willcox pipe organ
Email resume to: email@example.com
Wesley United Methodist Church (UMC) in Worcester Massachusetts is seeking a Director of Music Ministry to lead in the planning, development, and implementation of the church’s ministry of music in light of its five areas of passion: Spiritual Growth, Welcome, Hospitality and Inclusion, Diversity and Multiculturalism, Mission and Outreach, and Lay Leadership Development and Empowerment.
Wesley UMC is a multicultural congregation in an urban ministry setting with a strong commitment to high quality worship and music. The successful candidate will have a strong Christian faith and understanding of the role church music plays in Christian formation. The successful candidate must have the ability to oversee a multi-faceted music ministry and to work collaboratively with the pastor, staff, and lay volunteers. Knowledge and experience in both western music notation and tonic sol-fa are essential; strong organ playing skills and exposure to traditional, contemporary, and global worship music are integral.
The primary responsibilities for this position are providing music leadership for two Sunday morning services and special services, including rehearsing and conducting three choirs: an adult choir of the Ghanaian tradition that uses tonic sol-fa, an adult choir that uses western music notation, and an adult handbell choir. Instruments used in worship include: a four-manual, six-division, 73-rank 1927 E. M. Skinner pipe organ; a two-manual electronic Rodgers organ; a nine foot Steinway grand piano; a Yamaha PSR-S950 electronic keyboard with rhythm tracks; and four+ octaves of Malmark handbells.
This position is for 30 hours per week. Salary and benefits are competitive. To apply, please provide a cover letter, resume, references, and theology of church music ministry. In the application materials, provide comment about experience and interest in working in a diverse and multicultural ministry setting. Application review will begin May 7, 2018. Send applications to the attention of the Search Committee:
Wesley United Methodist Church
114 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Grace Episcopal Church is a welcoming community located in Newton Corner. Music is a highly valued component of our worship and community life at Grace Church. We are seeking an organist/choir director for a temporary leave replacement, to run for 8 weeks from mid-December. Primary responsibilities include selecting appropriate preludes and postludes, leading worship at the organ and piano, and directing the Senior Choir. Occasional responsibilities include planning meetings with the rector and alerting the church to any potential instrumental maintenance needs. The parish choir is about 10-12 singers, with four paid section leaders. All worship music will be selected in advance, although the candidate would be free to change choir anthems should the need occasionally arise.
Strong keyboard skills at the organ and piano along with comfort directing a choir are required. The successful candidate will have a solid background in leading liturgical worship and a friendly, collegial attitude. Pay will be commensurate with experience based on the number of rehearsals and services per week in accordance with guidelines set by the AGO.
Please send a letter, resume, and two references to:
Director of Music,
Grace Episcopal Church
76 Eldredge Street
Newton, MA 02458
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
Posted July 22, 2015
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.
St. Francis Episcopal Church
Minister of Music (part-time position)
Posted May 24, 2016
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
Community Church of Pepperell
Posted June 1, 2016
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
South Congregational Church
Director of Music
Posted August 7, 2016
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
Congregational Church of Grafton (UCC)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or Donna Blanchard 508-450-4980
United Parish of Lunenberg
Director of Music Ministry
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: firstname.lastname@example.org – Subject: Director of Music Ministry Position
All inquiries will be kept in the strictest confidence.