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 @ 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.

Below 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).  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.

The Trinitarian Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) is hiring an organist/choir director.  Responsibilities include creation and coordination of a quality music program for regular Sunday services in consultation with the pastor and music committee, rehearsing the choir, and performing on the organ and piano (prelude, postlude, offertory, anthem, accompaniment, etc.).  Other duties include services on Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday. Qualified candidates will have excellent performance skills, choir direction experience, the ability to play classical, Christian, and contemporary music.  Sight reading and transposing skills are beneficial.  
Opportunities exist to be paid to perform at other services such as weddings and memorial services.
The Trinitarian Congregational Church is committed to providing welcoming and inviting worship services with a rich musical experience.  We are located in North Andover, MA.  Please send resumes and letters of inquiry via e-mail attachment to Emily Thompson,
Our organ is a 24-stop tracker organ with 2 manuals and a pedal clavier, built by the Andover Organ Company in 1988. We also have a Steinway grand piano, recently tuned and meticulously cared for. We have one service on Sunday (9:30 am, but July 1st to Sept. 3rd service will be at 9 am). We have one choir, with 6 to 10 people. We do not have any paid soloists. The salary range is $15,000 to $17,000. The position requires approximately 16 hours per week.

Interim Music Director, First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist, Newburyport, MA

Application Deadline: May 25, 2017

This is a one year Interim position.
The Interim Music Director will not be eligible to apply for the permanent position.

Music at the First Religious Society is an essential aspect of our spiritual life. Enriched by many active musicians within the congregation, our music program helps to deepen our spirituality, maintains high musical quality, and supports and nurtures people of all musical ability. As a highly visible performance space in this historic town, the 425 member church considers its music program to be an important outreach to the community.

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St. John the Evangelist  -    D/M (full time)
115 Middlesex St., No. Chelmsford, Ma.  01863     
Bachelor's degree - letter, resume, refs. to Fr. Brian Mahoney, Pastor   

The position at Grace Church in Salem is a year round job with the following:

Sunday morning service at 10:30 am with 5 non-choir Sundays off.
Wednesday evening choir rehearsal from 7:30-9:00 pm from the first Wednesday in September through the second Wednesday in June.
Sunday morning choir rehearsal from 9:30 - 10:10 from the second Sunday in September through the third Sunday in June  (except for the last Sunday in the year, which the choir has off).  Ash Wednesday service with choir in the evening.
Holy Week services of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday evenings, as well as a Saturday night Easter Vigil: all with choir.  -  Thanksgiving Eve service with choir.
Christmas Eve at 4:00 (no choir) and 10:30 pm (Choral Eucharist), 
and Christmas Day at 10:00 am (no choir).

First Parish Church, Westford                       Director of Music        $12,800 (43 weeks)
            Organist/choir director
            Jr. and Sr. Choir, one service, off all of July and August
            2 Manual 17 rank J.B. Willcox pipe organ
            Email resume to:

Hampstead Congregational Church61 Main St. - Hampstead, NH 03841 is now searching for a Director of Music Ministry.  It is a Part time, Year Round Position.
Sunday Worship Service at 10:00 a.m., 9:30 am in July and August
Adult Choir Rehearsal: Thursday nights, 7:30 to 9:00, Sept. through June
Instruments Currently in the Sanctuary:
Hook and Hastings Tracker Organ 11/7, 1906, maintained professionally by our previous organist. - Steinway Baby Grand Piano and a Yamaha Clavinova Keyboard
Basic Responsibilies Include:
Playing for our weekly Sunday morning worship service
Playing for several special services throughout the year
Selecting appropriate prelude, offertory, communion and postlude music
Directing weekly adult choir rehearsals from Sept. to June and accompanying summer soloists if needed.  Working with the minister and the worship team to provide appropriate worship music.  Playing for weddings and funerals on a for fee basis - (a job sharing position is also a possibility)

During this time of transition, we are exploring new ideas and options for expanding the music ministry at Hampstead Congregational Church.  We have a deep music library and a dedicated music fund to use to this end. The salary, paid monthly, is $10,400/year, with the possibility of more if the music program is expanded from its current form.   If you feel you could help us express our faith and joy during worship, please contact: Kari Allard, Music Search Committee.

Pleasant Street United Methodist Church in Salem, NH, has an opening at our church for an organist/pianist beginning in September, to play at 9:00 am services and at other special services throughout the year. Music has an important place in our praise and worship services and is a component part of the mission and ministry of the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church.  The general types of music incorporated into our worship services follow the guidance and direction from our church Pastor.  Qualified applicants must demonstrate musical sight-reading skills; have experience playing the organ or piano and display strong interpersonal skills. If you are interested in this position, please send resume to.  The church is located at 8 Pleasant Street in Salem, NH.  We have a “11/9 Methuen Organ Company (James Treat) from 1898 with an OHS Citation”  Our current organist salary is $175/service.  For information, contact:  Laurel BurrillSPRC Chairperson.