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 Cynthia Arsenault. You do not need to be available every Sunday. If you are free on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, for example, let Cynthia know. Also, let her know if you take one of these positions or know of one that has been filled. Churches sometimes fail to notify her when the position has been filled.  Please note that listings will remain on the list for no more than six months unless renewed with Ms. Arsenault or removed sooner by request of the church.

A current list of members who may be available for substituting can be obtained by clicking here; updated June 14, 2024.  You must be a member of a chapter to be on the list.

Please note that by signing up for substituting, the information you provide to Cynthia, including your phone number and email address, may be made public on the substitute list, which anyone can download.   The chapter will not be responsible for how that information is used by anyone who downloads the list.

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.

Interim Organist/Music Director Position,

South Congregational Church UCC, Kennebunkport, ME  04046

         Seeking an interim church organist and music director (beginning fall 2024).  Responsibilities include playing organ and piano for all worship services with a variety of music genres, leading volunteer adult choir in rehearsal and worship, including children in music program when possible, recruiting and scheduling guest musicians/substitute organists, and playing for weddings and funerals.  Year-round position, approx. 16 hours per week, compensation starting at $24,000 depending on experience; additional compensation for supplemental music programming.  Church organ:  a 2004 Noack (Opus #146) 2 manual, 21 rank tracker pipe organ with an electric stop action and an extensive memory bank.  Town of Kennebunkport is on the southern Maine coast, approx. 28 miles/35 minutes south of Portland, ME and 29 miles/35 minutes north of Portsmouth, NH.   Additional information to be posted shortly on church website, above.  Successful candidate will also be eligible for settled position to be recruited later.  Send expressions of interest to Elizabeth Grant,


Senior Center Searching for Music Minister

The Pastoral Office at Brooksby Village in Peabody, MA.  We are searching for a music minister  to replace our music minister who is moving out of state.  "This is a dream Minister of Music position – working with retirees who are so engaged and passionate about the ways music enhances their worship of God and deepens their zest for life!"  Click here for more information.  


Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC - Nashua, NH
Keyboardist (or Accompanist) and Choir Leader

Pilgrim Church’s keyboardist and choir leader proficiently plays solo works and hymns and accompanies choral works on the organ, clavinova and/or piano at each Sunday service, as well as for special services including some evening services such as Christmas Eve. A keyboardist may also be asked to play music for memorial, celebration of life or marriage type services, if available.  Click here for full job description.  Contact information:



State Street Church (UCC)

Part-time year-round opportunity in scenic Portland, Maine




Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Wakefield MA seeks a Minister of Music to provide regular and seasonally appropriate music to enrich our weekly and holiday services as a means to help to fulfill the mission of our Parish.  Our Minister of Music will provide organ music, lead our choir and arrange for guest musicians as appropriate. Working in partnership with our enthusiastic Rector, this is an opportunity to orchestrate creative liturgical experiences.  

Emmanuel is a small parish with a strong sense of fellowship and community and boasts a talented choir that enjoys performing a variety of works and genres.   

This is a 12-15 hours per week position. Annual pay is $25K. 

Skills and Experience Needed: 

• Knowledge of liturgical music. 

• Proficiency at playing the organ. 

• Experience leading a mixed-voice choir whose members have a range of proficiency in reading and singing music. 

In addition to your resume and cover letter, interested candidates are asked to send video or audio recordings of yourself performing in three ways: solo organ, a hymn, and working with a choir to

Emmanuel Episcopal Church is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. 


First Congregational Church in Westminster, MA -Substitute Organists/Permanent Organist.  Seeking long term Music Coordinator for their 9:30am Sunday morning Service, in dire need for Easter Sunday at this time!  Allen Organ and beautiful grand piano in the sanctuary.  Willing to have substitute guitarist/vocalist too in the "in-between time".

For further information regarding this position, click here.


The First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist (FRSUU) in Newburyport, MA seeks an accomplished organist/pianist and choral director with church experience and excellent interpersonal skills to help FRSUU’s music program continue to grow and flourish. This is a congregation who loves music and looks forward to the continuing development of a diverse and eclectic music ministry.  Click here for a job description.  


Church Music Director wanted, North Reading Union Congregational Church. One Sunday morning service a week. Must be proficient on the piano.  Organ skills a plus.  Choral Directing for a chancel and children’s choir also required.   Bell Choir experience also a plus .  Approximately 12 hours per week.  Compensation $22,000-$24,000 depending on experience.  Applications and resumés can be emailed to or mailed to 148 Haverhill Street North Reading, MA 01864.

St John’s is an Episcopal church in the heart of Gloucester, a historic fishing city and summer vacation spot with strong ties to the art community. St. John’s takes pride in its music program, which supplies hymns, liturgical music and choir anthems to regular Sunday worship and other events throughout the year. The choir currently consists of 8-12 adult singers with a range of abilities. The current worship style is broad, tending to more recent expressions of liturgy (Enriching Our Worship, New Zealand Prayer Book, BCP Inclusive Version), but maintaining fidelity to Episcopal forms and structures. A broad variety of music is also appreciated, from Bach and classical to Taize, praise, Gospel and contemporary. During the program year (SeptJune), the choir rehearses on Thursday nights (7-8:30) and Sunday mornings (8:30-9:15). The church owns a Samick baby grand piano and a CB Fisk 2-manual & pedal, mechanical action organ Opus 97.  Click here for a job description and more information.


Director of Music - St. Matthew Parish


The Director of Music Ministry at St. Matthew Parish (RC; Windham, NH) leads the parish in the worship of God through music. As an integral part of all liturgical celebrations, music draws the People of God into unified, glorious praise. The Director works closely with the Pastor and collaborates with liturgical ministers so that music enhances the deep rhythm of prayerful liturgy.  As a person of faith, the Director possesses a creative vision and inspired energy that encourages parishioners to express their love of God through music. As a liturgical musician in the Catholic Church, it is incumbent upon the Director to remain current with guidelines for liturgical music approved by the Diocese of Manchester and new Catholic music selections, as they become available.  Click here for more information.


Faith Lutheran in Andover, MA.  Beginning Sunday, Sept 24th , interim organist needed for traditional service at 9:15am and a choir that rehearses on Thursday evenings. Two choir members are musicians and can aid as interim choir directors - the organist/pianist would accompany the choir at rehearsals and for Sunday morning anthems and also play the hymns and liturgical music on Sunday mornings.

You can download a job description from this link.  If you can help out while they search for a permanent organist, or are interested in the position please contact:

Jeanette Leisk, Pastor

Cell: 717-339-8339


Christ Congregational Church, UCC, Brockton, MA:  An Open and Affirming Congregation

2 part time positions:

1. Music Director - 16 hours per week

Job responsibilities include: overall music program of the church in cooperation with Board of Music and pastor; choir rehearsals, Sunday a.m. worship, and special services, supervising organist/accompanist, administrative tasks and maintenance of all church instruments.

Benefits include PTO, pension, etc. Can be 10 months or 12 months, negotiable. Please request full job description and apply by contacting the Search Committee at

2. Organist/accompanist - Average 12 hours per week; choir rehearsals, Sunday a.m. worship and special services; 12 month position; Austin Organ #2759 plus a well-maintained Yamaha piano. Please request full job description and apply by contacting the Search Committee at

These positions could be filled by one or two people. Please indicate your interest when applying.


Planning a get-away on the beautiful New Hampshire seacoast and wanting an easy gig while you are there? Have a student that could use some service playing experience? Well, St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Summer Chapel in Rye Beach, NH has the perfect job for you!

We are looking for organists and pianists who would like to accompany the hymns and service music for its Rite II 9:30 am summer services Sunday, June 11th through Sunday, September 3rd, 2023. Services are approximately one hour long and involve collaborating with a guest musician for at least two of the three voluntaries (prelude, offertory, and postlude).

Qualified candidates may contact Savannah Curro, Music Coordinator at St. Andrew's, at St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea particularly values the contributions of young musicians, and warmly invites candidates of high school and college age to apply, in addition to those with more experience. Compensation is $250. Selected candidates will be asked to commit to as many Sundays as they are available and willing to play for. To learn more about the historic chapel, please visit our Website.   


First Unitarian, Worcester

Seeking an experienced musician to work 30 hours/per week beginning in August 2023. We have an adult choir of approximately 25 singers and a newly revived children's choir. Our organ is a 1964 Aolian Skinner (4 manuals and almost 4,000 pipes).  We offer benefits and a salary range of $44-49,000, commensurate with experience.

Contact: Sue Stafford, Director of Music Search - 


Interim Music Director. Part-time  - All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore

As was true for many parishes, music at All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore, Danvers was seriously affected by the pandemic. We seek an Interim Music Director to lead the process of rebuilding our music ministry, providing planning in coordination with the Rector, supporting worship with organ, piano, and vocal music, and in particular, re-establishing and leading the parish choir. The Interim Music Director's term is indefinite, with the possibility of assuming the permanent position. Click here for more information.  




6 Lexington St.; Burlington, MA 01803


We are seeking a person with passion about the role of music in worship, who has a sense of humor, an affable personality, and significant musical talent working with adult and children’s choirs to succeed our Director of Music Ministries of 11 years. You must also be skilled on the organ and piano.


We are an Open and Affirming congregation with a stable foundation on the same site since 1732. We have a pipe/digital combination organ by Rodgers, installed new in 2001, which has 6 ranks and 32 stops. There are 18 members in our energetic and active adult choir, and we would like to start up our children’s choir again.


We are also currently seeking a settled pastor.


We offer a compensation package based on experience and training with a starting salary range of $21-23K. This is a salaried position available November 1, averaging 10-15 hours a week. A CORI check is required.


To apply, please email your resume to the Director of Music Ministries Search Committee chairperson at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Organist for Temporary Substitute Work for a few Sundays during the upcoming year at First Baptist Church, 30 Park Street in Methuen, MA.  Parish enjoys both traditional and contemporary music. Instruments:

Steinway piano and an Austin Organ; Opus 1153. The stipend is $175.00. 

For additional information or to offer your services, please contact:

Michelle Gordon - (978) 685-1844 -


St. Anselm, Sudbury

We’re now looking for a new music director who plays piano and preferably organ, is able to choose liturgically appropriate music, can direct a small choir, plus schedule cantors and volunteer accompanists.  We have one Mass on Saturday and one on Sunday.  Here’s a link to the full description:

Click here for job description.