Job Listings and Substitutes

 Job Openings - Substitutes needed!  

If you are available as a substitute organist, please place your name on the Merrimack Valley Chapter substitute list by contacting Norma Reich. You do not need to be available every Sunday. If you are free on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, for example, let Norma Reich, the Placement Chair, know (978-688-1778, or AGONorma @ aol.com). Also, let her know if you take one of these positions or know of one that has been filled. Churches sometimes fail to notify Norma when the position has been filled. 

A current list of members who may be available for substituting can be obtained by clicking here.

Here is a list of churches seeking regular employees. You may click on the church name to go to the church's website, if available (opens in a new window). 

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Emmanuel Church, founded in 1882, is a seasonal church in the Episcopal tradition located on Masconomo Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. The Church comfortably accommodates between 125 and 150 people. Click here for a job description.

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Music Director (Pianist/Organist), Trinity Church, Topsfield, to work with the adult choir and accompany worship for 1 service each Sunday,.  This is a part-time position, averaging 7-10 hours per week, paying $12,000 - $14,000 per year. Music Director (Pianist/Organist) to work with the adult choir and accompany worship for 1 service each Sunday,. This is a part-time position, averaging 7-10 hours per week, paying $12,000 - $14,000 per year.  The church has a Noack 2-manual tracker organ and a grand piano in the sanctuary.  For more information, click here.

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Saints Mary & Joseph Parish in Salem, NH is seeking an organist/accompanist for the Saturday 4:15 Mass at Saint Joseph Church and for periodic Holy Day Masses/special events. The desired candidate will have multiple years of experience playing the pipe organ. Ideally, the candidate will also have a familiarity with the Catholic liturgy, but an exception will be made for talented candidates willing to learn about Catholic liturgical music. A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Music is preferred, but not required. To apply, please forward your resume/CV and salary requirements to pastor@saintsmaryandjoseph.org.

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St. Margaret of Antioch, Burlington.   Click here for a job description. St. Margaret Parish is located at 111 Winn Street in Burlington, MA, directly off Route 95.

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Saint Margaret Mary, Westwood, MA 02090. Suburban Catholic parish seeks part time organist/pianist familiar with Catholic Mass and liturgy. Parish is committed to excellence in music and inspirational liturgies. Improvisational skills and keen sense of timing are vital. The position requires playing at weekend Masses, designated Holy Day Masses and other special occasions as well as all rehearsals. Instruments include a new Rodgers 3-manual electronic organ and a Yamaha grand piano. Funeral and Wedding playing are in addition to the position. Adult Choir of approximately 20 singers; Children’s Choir currently numbers 16. Organist/pianist will work closely with parish Music Director, Mark Nemeskal. Position Open until Filled. Salary: Hourly/Competitive – based on 10 hour work week. Send letter of interest and resume to: Helen Rombalski, Pastoral Assistant and Business Manager; Saint Margaret Mary Parish; 845 High Street | PO Box 386; Westwood, MA 02090 - Or email: h.rombalski@saintmmparish.org  

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Christ and Trinity Episcopal churches (2 churches), New Hampshire. The incumbent will play the organ/piano for church worship services on Sunday and conduct choir practices in preparation for Christmas, Easter or similar special occasions. The incumbent will assist the Priest in planning the music for all services, including hymns, preludes and postludes, and any choir anthems. Click here for a job description.

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First Church, Unitarian Universalist in Salem, MA, is seeking a part time organist/music director. First Church has a versatile and historic three-manual 1882 Hook and Hastings tracker organ that is regularly maintained by the Andover Organ Company. There is a Yamaha piano in the choir gallery for use during choir performances, as well as a Howard Miller grand that sits on the meeting house floor. The music director works closely with the minister and the Religious Education director throughout the year in service preparation. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The Music Director is responsible for providing music for one Sunday morning service each week and preparing the choir for performances approximately twice a month. He/she is also responsible for a few extra services throughout the year, including Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday. The successful candidate will be proficient at both piano and organ, is experienced at preparing choirs, and possesses at least ;one degree in music. Please contact Rev. Jeffrey Barz-Snell at (978)744-1551 or at firstchurchinsalem@gmail.com

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Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church in Salem, NH has an opening for Director of Music Ministry with an emphasis on organ/piano skills. Our former Music Minister retired after 20 years of service to our congregation. Members of Triumphant Cross appreciate and support our musicians and look forward to finding a musician with skill, musicality, and good interpersonal skills. Click here for a job description.

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St. Joseph and St. Luke in Belmont are in search of an accompanist for temporary assistance, for the next 2-3 months. (Our current accompanist suffered an arm injury requiring urgent surgery and recovery time of 2+ months.) We are seeking a musician capable of providing accompaniment on the piano. Organ or vocal skills are a plus. Responsibilities include accompanying 2-3 weekend Masses (4:00pm Saturday and 7:30am and 8:30am Sunday) as well as occasional funerals (weekday and Saturday mornings, 9:00 or 10:30am). We are looking for someone who is available Easter Sunday morning, but do not need coverage for theTriduum. Requirements of the position include familiarity with the Mass and a solid understanding of liturgical music. Please send inquiries to info@newroadscatholic.org.

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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 the rear gallery. The organist also serves as rehearsal accompanist for the adult choir. This is a 12 hr/wk position involving close collaboration with the director of choirs and the pastor. Salary 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 pastor@stjohnsudbury.org

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First Congregational Church of Hopkinton, NH, United Church of Christ; 1548 Hopkinton Road; Hopkinton, NH 03229. (603) 746-4235/ First Church in Hopkinton is a vibrant and diverse congregation with a strong tradition of choral and instrumental music. We are seeking a gifted and experienced organist with piano skills to accompany our music program. The ideal candidate will have a passion for the organ’s place in enhancing worship, familiarity with organ and sacred repertoire, and experience accompanying choirs, soloists, and instrumental ensembles. Sunday morning worship service at 10 AM. Wednesday night Choir practices 7:30-9 PM with 9:00 AM Sunday warm-up. Special services include but not limited to: Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Maundy Thursday. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. 5 paid Sundays off per year; W.B.D. Simmons organ, rebuilt 2002 by Andover Organ Co. 2 manual, 15 stops. Hardman Peck & Co. grand piano, refurbished 2013.  Submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three (3) references electronically to: jimh.nh@rcn.com or via mail to: Organist Search at Dr. Jim Howard at the church address above. You may also request a job description from these same addresses. Applications close when a suitable candidate is found.

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You can also check the listings on the National Headquarters website. You must have a member number from National to do so; it's on your American Organist magazine.