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.

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

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.

The United Methodist Church in North Andover is looking for an organist/choir director for 8-10 hours a week. The pastor is Rev. Mack Haggins who can be contacted at Click here for a job description.


First Parish Church (Unitarian)

75 The Great Road

Bedford, MA 01730

Seeking Organist / Accompanist

-for Sunday Services from Sunday after Labor Day to mid-June


-Work closely with Music Director

-To accompany at “Standard Sunday Services” which includes hymns, prelude, offertory, postlude (including choral) with occasional additional pieces as needed

-Accompany the 35 member adult choir at weekly 90-minute rehearsals

-Play for half the Sundays during the 9-month period (dates set during summer of the previous year)

-Attend dress rehearsals for bi-annual performances with orchestra

-Maintain and monitor upkeep of the organ and piano.


  • Applicant should have experience in choral accompanying and service playing

  • Applicant should be able to play both solo and accompaniment repertoire.

  • Applicant should be well-versed in a variety of musical styles ranging from Renaissance, standard classical, contemporary and occasional lighter fares.

Salary: $11,750-$12,250


The organ is a ten-rank, two-manual , 27-note straight pedalboard Hook and Hastings tracker in excellent condition. The restored (2009) Steinway is a model L.First Parish Church is a thriving church that is fortunate to have a large population of professional freelance musicians, both vocal and instrumental to enhance the program.


Bradford Conner, music director, at


First Church in Marlborough seeks a principal organist to provide organ and piano accompaniment and special music for all Sunday liturgical worship, Christmas, Easter, Holy Week and other festival services. He/She also serves as accompanist for weekly Adult Choir rehearsals. The principal organist works closely with the Music Director.


  • Strong organ and piano skills

  • Familiarity with Protestant liturgical worship

  • Familiarity with organ and keyboard repertoire for church use

  • Proficient accompanying skills

  • Ability to communicate successfully in person and via e-mail and/or other electronic means


  • Select, prepare and provide organ and piano music for Preludes, Offertories, Communion Service and Postludes for the regularly scheduled Sunday Service in collaboration with Music Director and Pastor.

  • Prepare and provide organ and piano music for Congregational hymns as selected by the Pastor and Music Director

  • Provide accompaniment at all scheduled rehearsals and help prepare choirs, music ensembles, small groups and soloists

  • Attend periodic meetings with other music staff for general planning and visioning of the church's music program

  • Report to the Trustees and the Music Director with regard to the condition and maintenance requirements of the pipe organ


  • Wicks Pipe Organ (1993) 2 manuals and full AGO pedals, 20 ranks, including 32 foot stops, trumpet and several mixtures.

  • Two upright pianos located in the sanctuary (Steinway and Baldwin)

  • Upright piano (Steinert) in choral rehearsal room

Hours & Salary:

  • This is a part-time salaried position with a total estimated commitment of 8-10 hours per week including various occasional meetings, practice, and preparation. Approximately 5 hours of this time will be required for weekly worship service and rehearsals.

  • Certain holidays and events may require additional time and effort.

  • The principal organist is encouraged to be available for occasional weddings, funerals, or other special services in the church. Compensation for these events will be in addition to the annual salary.

  • In the summer months (July & August) worship at First Church in Marlborough takes place in the evening. This offers the organist the opportunity to substitute at other churches on Sunday mornings during those months.

  • The salary range for the position is $12,000-15,000/year commensurate with experience and ability.

  • Some continuing education assistance may be available for organ study and professional development.

Send resume and cover letter to before March 31, 2020.


The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church seeks a part-time Music Director to work with us in creating a joyful, varied, and engaging music program at our church. We seek a person enthusiastic about different styles of church music and performance, who will direct a traditional choir at some Sunday services and at occasional special services during the year, nurture the growth of alternative vocal ensembles, and coordinate and schedule regular musical contributions by guest artists. Click here for a job description.


Parish of Saints Mary and Joseph, Salem, NH

The Parish of Saints Mary and Joseph in Salem, NH, is seeking a part-time Choir Leader/Cantor to lead the music at the weekly 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. The candidate should be familiar with Roman Catholic liturgy and work with the choir and organist. Salary commensurate with skill and experience. For more information please contact Father Vincent @ or call 603-893-8661.


First Baptist Church, Lowell, Mass. O/CD. 1 service, 10:AM. 1 choir, 2m pipe. Salary negotiable. Contact Ellen Macleod at 978-251-3404 or 978-452-9281 (Church Office).


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.

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


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.

The Trinitarian Congregational Church (United Church of Christ), North Andover, is hiring an organist/choir director. For information about the position, see the information on


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 Responsibilities 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.