WorcAGO maintains a database of its members willing to substitute for church services or play for weddings and funerals. This “substitute list” contains information which has been submitted and self-identified by those who have chosen to be included in this roster.

The musician-supplied information has not been confirmed by the AGO nor is the AGO able to ensure that the individual is appropriate for any particular situation.
We encourage careful consideration and requests for references regarding information such as education/certification, experience, denominational familiarity, and recent substitute engagements.

For both convenience as well as security reasons,  the “substitute list” displays musician information only as the result of an online search that you perform using the form below (as opposed to just displaying a chart of everyone). If you are seeking a substitute, you would contact the substitute directly for availability and more specific information.

This searchable database serves as a referral service only, makes no warranty for skills offered, and is not a legal party to any agreement made between a substitute and anyone contracting for his or her services.  Those seeking musicians should contact the musician directly to make specific arrangements including expectations and financials.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Neighboring AGO chapters’ lists:
Springfield
BostonMerrimack ValleyHartford   –  Pioneer Valley

Checklist for Service Logistics;     Live Example of Service Particulars for Substitutes

Checklist for Substitutes & Institutions hiring them (opens in a PDF file) This is NOT a sample contract and does NOT discuss fees. It’s a list of discussion points that will be helpful to match the musician services needed and convey the details of a service.

The Successful Substitute Organist: A guide for the Organ Student by Isobel L. Livingstone;  Reprinted with permission from The American Organist, August 2000,  (opens in a PDF file)

AGO Certification Abbreviations

  • SPC – Service Playing Certificate (a basic-skills  organ-playing test involving organ repertoire, hymns, and accompaniments)
  • CAGO – Colleague
  • ChM – Choirmaster
  • AAGO – Associate
  • FAGO – Fellow

Please alert the dean if there are any problems with the Contents or Operation of the Substitute List database: RSVP


CHURCH/TEMPLE MUSICIAN SUBSTITUTE/INTERIM/WEDDING/FUNERAL – DATABASE SEARCH

This database search is for those looking for a musician to perform or conduct music in a church/temple service, wedding, funeral, or other special service.
. Search for an instrumentalist/vocalist/soloist here
. Search for a national/international concert organist for performances here.

Available musicians have listed their skills, general availability, and contact information. The hiring party can search for a match for the specific requirements.
After one or more likely matches are found, the church/temple can contact the musician(s) and directly communicate/negotiate further.

Note: The information is supplied by the musicians. There is no warranty by the AGO or web hosts regarding the accuracy.
Availability information may or may not be current, depending on how recently the musician has updated their data. All arrangements (scheduling, financial, expectations, etc.) are between the hiring party and musician. The AGO has no involvement nor warranty for the contracted services/performances. References are encouraged.

PICK ANY COMBINATION BELOW OF SPECIFIC FILTERS/CONSTRAINTS
AND THEN CLICK SEARCH TO VIEW RESULTING AVAILABILITIES AND CONTACTS

Find musicians that match your following criteria (leave fields/choices blank if they do not apply to you):


narrow down your search below:

SERVICE DENOMINATION
 CHURCH/TEMPLE VENUE ZIPCODE:
 

(5 digits only) (for calculating the travel distance of the musician’s home to the venue)
(
substitutes may not want to travel more than, say, 50 miles; perhaps a travel fee could be added if past their range) INSTRUMENT PERFORMED ON:

INSTRUMENTAL ROLE:

CONDUCTOR/DIRECTOR INVOLVEMENT:
(if organist-director is one person, choose organist above and then director here)

VOCAL INVOLVEMENT/REQUIREMENTS:

SERVICE/PERFORMANCE TYPE:

SERVICE MEDIA RECORDINGS/BROADCASTS:

LEVEL/TRAINING NEEDED

MAXIMUM FEE OFFERED

(fee is for service & warmup only; midweek rehearsal or extra soloist rehearsal would be extra)
Substitutes whose minimum fee is above this amount will be displayed.

SELECT WHEN A SUBSTITUTE MUSICIAN IS NEEDED: