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.

Music Director/Organist sought for First Parish Church, Congregational, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, ideally beginning September 2019. Salaried, 12-month position, approximately 15 hours/week, $18-24,000/year (depending on experience). Benefits include four weeks vacation, two weeks sick leave, and reimbursement for professional expenses. One choir of 15-19 members, with two paid soloists/section leaders; well-maintained E. & G.G. Hook tracker organ, 2-manual (c. 1862) with baby grand piano in sanctuary and grand piano for rehearsal. Substantial music library with dedicated budget for new acquisitions. Wednesday evening rehearsals (Sept-June), Sunday morning services (year-round), plus evening services on Christmas Eve (2 services), Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and daytime service on Good Friday (once every four years).

Looking for a candidate well-versed in classical sacred choral repertoire (traditional, plus current composers), with skill on both organ and piano and familiarity with liturgical calendar, ready to lead and nurture our beloved choir and music program. Ability to branch out into a variety of music styles is encouraged. Submit cover letter, resume, and references to the Music Committee/Music Director Search, via email only, please:


Central Congregational Church (UCC) in Chelmsford, MA, is seeking a Director of Music to direct and lead a vibrant music program that contributes to the ministry and growth of our church. Music is an integral part of this church community and its choir has participated in programs at Carnegie Hall, as well as hosting well-recognized seasonal community events. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Lead the church's overall music program and provide direction and innovation for its future Provide music on the organ and/or piano for weekly worship on Sundays year-round and for special services Direct the church vocal and possibly handbell choirs (September through June). Coordinate with the pastor for worship music/hymns. Select liturgically-appropriate anthems and other musical pieces to complement worship services. Help maintain the music library.

Attributes and Talents: Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to lead and conduct choral groups. Ability to lead and conduct handbell groups is optional. Ability to lead/accompany worship and the 15+ member church choir on organ and piano. B.A. in music or significant training and musical experience. Interest in helping develop a musical presence in the community through organizing and directing 1-3 community concerts per year is a plus Job type: Part-time (10 hours per week).

Salary: Low to mid-twenties, depending on qualifications and experience. Additional compensation can be earned by participating in church weddings and funerals. We also offer 4 weeks’ paid vacation. Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to the Margie Dissinger at (preferred) or mail a hardcopy to Central Congregational Church, Attn: Margie Dissinger, PO Box 339, Chelmsford, MA 01824 .


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: Rev. Dr. Jim Howard at

Or via mail to: Organist Search at the church address above.

You may also request a job description from these same addresses or view it at:

Applications close when a suitable candidate is found.


First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, 7 Concord Rd., Billerica, MA

Organist only, for Sunday service at 11:00 AM (Choir rehearsal at 10:15).

Salary, $150 per service. Duties include: accompanying the choir, soloists and supporting congregational singing. The organist will also play a prelude, before the service, and offertory piece during the collection (on the piano or organ) and a postlude at the conclusion of the service. Excellent, mechanical action pipe organ restored and rebuilt by the Andover Organ Co. (1970). Contact Sarah Mills @ (978) 667-6647 or Martha Drost, Music Director, FPC - (home) 617-876-3447 or (cell) 617-755-5481


First Parish Church in Billerica is seeking a permanent organist/pianist for Sunday morning service, 11:00am. Choir rehearses 45 minutes prior. Historic Parish in town center formerly served by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Fully functioning two-manual pipe organ and piano regularly tuned and serviced. $140 per service. Contact Music Director, Martha Drost at 617-755-5481.


Pilgrim Congregational Church UCC, in Nashua, NH, is accepting applications for Music Director who will work with the minister to plan a varied program of traditional to modern music. This position requires playing at the Sunday service and special services (approx. 4 hours/week). Rehearsals with an adult choir (Sept – June) are held prior to the Sunday service. We seek a person with a wonderful personality to play the Grand Piano and pipe organ (2 manual, 25 rank). Send resumes to Pilgrim Church, 4 Watson St, Nashua, NH 03064, Attn: Music Search Committee, or email to: For more information about the music program (including the organ, piano, and choir) contact our music director Chris Gantner at 603-682-8735 or by email at


Atkinson Congregational Church, UCC

Mus.Dir./Organist 1-1 Ahlborn 250

$10,000-14,000 - Letter & resume - Apply to:

The Church of Christ, Scientist in Nashua, NH is seeking an organist/accompanist for their Sunday service.

Job Description: Accompanist/Organist-Pianist


Works with/reports to the music committee director to lead the congregation in a spirit of worship. Responsible in performing a short organ prelude, postlude and light music during the church collection. Accompany the congregation in singing 3 hymns as well as a solo with the soloist each Sunday. Be prepared to rehearse with the soloist at 9:30 am the morning of the service, which starts at 10:30 am and lasts approximately an hour. Have one to two years of experience in a church. The position is two hours/week and salary is commensurate with experience.

Please direct all resumes and questions to: Kathleen Andrle - (603) 998-0443


Love and respect for all people, attested musical skills on the organ and piano. Sense of humor and positive attitude. Team player. Minimum one year of experience in church related setting. Degree in organ or piano performance preferred.

Memorial Congregational Church (UCC), Sudbury, MA seeks a half-time Minister of Music to walk together with us as we worship God and serve humanity. Our next Minister of Music will be an accomplished organist and choir director who will appreciate, nurture, and manage our strong, dedicated, and diverse musical ministries, as well as closely collaborate with our Senior Pastor in crafting worship services. We seek a person who will live out our practice of welcome, acceptance, affirmation, and connection in the spirit of Jesus, within the choir loft, the pews, and the greater community. For more information, click on the name above.


The Trinitarian Congregational Church (United Church of Christ), North Andover, 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.

St. John the Evangelist - 115 Middlesex St., No. Chelmsford, Ma. 01863

D/M (full time) - Bachelor's degree - letter, resume, refs. to Fr. Brian Mahoney, Pastor


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 Church - 61 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 Burrill, SPRC Chairperson.


Position Opening: Director of Church Music

First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist, Newburyport, MA

Application Deadline: January 7, 2019

Anticipated Start Date: August 1, 2019

The First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist (FRSUU) is seeking an trained choral director and organist with church experience and excellent interpersonal skills to direct FRSUU’s music program. With a newly called Minister, it is a growing congregation that loves music. The Director of Church Music (DCM) will serve as organist and director of the adult choir and be in charge of all youth and adult music offerings, increasing the diversity of musical expression, and reaching out to the larger community. The church has an excellent choral library, a 2-manual 31-stop organ with historic roots, recently rebuilt by A. David Moore, and a Steinway "B" grand piano.

The Director of Church Music is a 0.5 FTE (half time) position. The annual salary for this position is based on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA’s) recommended salary range in a “Midsized III” congregation in geo zone 4 ( and candidate’s qualifications and experience. Weddings, memorial services or child dedications will be separately compensated. FRS offers a generous program of benefits including: paid vacation; health, life and long-term disability insurance; and retirement benefits.

Please click on the link to the right for the full job posting and a link to the position description.