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.

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.

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Christ Church United (the Old Yellow Meetinghouse) in Dracut is interested in hiring an organist and choir accompanist. The organist would work closely with the choir director and pastor to prayerfully provide the musical components of our worship. Please contact the Reverend Carra McFadden  for more information.

ORGAN:  1947 Aeolian-Skinner, Opus 1125, II-9, 519 pipes 
REHEARSALS: Thursdays 7:00-9:00 p.m. (9:15 until Christmas); Sundays 8:45-9:45 a.m. 
SERVICE: Sundays 10:00-11:15 a.m.
SALARY: $15,000

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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.

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Sacred Heart Parish in East Boston (303 Paris Street) is looking for one cantor and an organist to fill in for upcoming weekends. There is a 4:00pm Mass on Saturday evening, an 8:30am Mass on Sunday morning, and 10:00am Mass on Sunday morning. The parish is located 2 blocks from the airport T station on the blue line and there is a parking lot at the parish. This need begins on Saturday, September 16, 2017 and will proceed into the immediate future. If you are interested or available, please contact Fr. Eric Bennett at frericbennett12@gmail.com.

The parish is also looking for coverage for a cantor and organist for funeral Masses (Monday-Saturday) for the immediate future. Typically the funeral is at 10am. The parish typically learns of the funeral, at the latest, 3 days before. Sometimes there is more advanced notice of the funeral. If you are interested in being placed on a contact list for funeral coverage, please contact Fr. Eric Bennett at frericbennett12@gmail.com

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St. Jude's Catholic Church in Waltham is in need of an organist for the 4:00 mass starting October 7th.  There is no choir, so it would be accompanying the cantor, Bill Gurisi.  The organ is electronic, down at the altar, and there is no piano.  This would be a permanent position and the pay is $75 per mass.  It's a small church on Main St. Waltham, with a school attached.  If interested, please call Bill Gurrisi at 617-680-6809, (he has no email).  {No informative parish website.}

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Part time Organist needed:  St Anthony of Padua, Revere, MA. Responsibilities include: Playing Organ at Three (3) weekend Masses (Currently Saturday at 4pm, Sunday 10am and 12pm) - Saturday Morning Mass at 9am. One evening Mass at 7pm on the First Friday of the month. Candidate with be granted “right of first refusal” on all funerals (approx. 150 a year) and all weddings (approx. 35 a year. Instruments include: A two manual pipe organ and a console organ. All Interested applicants should send a resume to: St Anthony of Padua Parish
Attn: Father George Butera- 250 Revere Street; Revere, MA 02151-Phone: (781) 289-1234 X10
Fax: (781) 289-6394.    Email: stanthonysrevere@outlook.com
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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.

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St. Francis of Assisi in Medford is looking for an accompanist for one Saturday Mass at 4pm and two Sunday Masses at 9am and 11am each week. Please contact Father Paul Sullivan at 781-396-3400 if interested. 

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The Congregational Church of Topsfield, UCC, an open and affirming congregation, seekspart-time musician to serve as Organist, Organist/Administrator, or Assistant Director of Music. The committee does not express a preference for any of the three options; rather, they are intended to suit the skills and availability of the candidate chosen for the position.  Click here for a job description.

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Holy Trinity United Methodist Church in Danvers is looking for an organist to begin duty in September. One service every Sunday, accompany the Thursday evening choir rehearsal (the choir are all volunteer, and are off duty during the summer).  Light duty for Holy Week, the only additional event is a brief service the evening of Holy Thursday;  we do have a Christmas concert the afternoon of Advent III.  Occasional accompaniment of the children’s choir (directed by Anne Bennett).  The organ is an Allen digital, sounds fairly good in the space.  

The compensation is $10,000 for the year, paid monthly. Contact Karl Henning, Music Director, at this email address: htumc.choir.notes@gmail.com

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South Church in Andover (UCC), 41 Central Street, Andover, MA  01810

Contact:  Music Search Committee, musicsearch@southchurch.com 

Position:  Organist/Director.  Organ:  Boze

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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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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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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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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 the Triduum. 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