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.
First Parish Church United of Westford, MA is seeking an organist and choir director to work 10/hours week from September through June (43 weeks). The church has a 2 manual, 17 rank J.B. Willcox organ and a grand piano.
There is one Sunday service at 10:30 and the usual special services such as Christmas Eve. The adult choir currently has 23 members and the Jr Choir currently rehearses Sunday after worship. Must be familiar with a liberal Free Church worship format.
Email resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organist only, for Sunday service at 11:00 AM (Choir rehearsal at 10:15)
First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, 7 Concord Rd., Billerica, MA
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 CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH; 127 Winnacunnet Road; Hampton, NH 03842
Provide high quality organ and/or piano music and accompaniment in order to facilitate the musical dimension of worship as led by the Music Director and the Pastor. The organist/ pianist will be diligent in preparation and performance, and will collaborate with others to provide and enable the highest standard of worship.
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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.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 258 Concord Street Newton Lower Falls, MA 02462 is looking for an Interim Director of Music to serve the parish during its new rector search. The position is expected to be for one year, or long enough to overlap with the new rector by three months, whichever is longer. The Interim Director of Music will be welcome to apply for the permanent position when the time comes. St. Mary's is a warm community of faith, with a vibrant musical tradition. We seek a candidate who has a strong familiarity and love for the Episcopal liturgy as well as different liturgical and musical traditions, and who will support worship through music. The Interim Director may also apply and be considered for the permanent Music Director position, when the time comes. The Interim Director of Music is a part-time position (20 hours/week). Compensation is negotiable and commensurate with education and experience. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, supporting materials and a minimum of two references to the following email address: email@example.com. The position is also posted on St. Mary’s website: www.st-marys-episcopal.org.
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: NashuaPilgrimUCC@gmail.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mus.Dir./Organist 1-1 Ahlborn 250
$10,000-14,000 - Letter & resume - Apply to: email@example.com
Union Congregational Church in North Reading, MA seeks a music director/organist/pianist. The position will include music for our weekly worship service and for special services during the course of the year as well as the direction of an adult choir and a monthly bell choir and children’s choir. Interested candidates should be open to a variety of musical styles and have experience playing both the organ and piano. The position will require an average of 12-14 hours per week and compensation, depending on experience, will be between $22,000 and $24,000. Additional compensation for weddings and funerals. Interested applicants are invited to send their resumes to:
Union Congregational Church; 148 Haverhill Street; North Reading, MA 01864
Attention: Rev. Dr. Richard Hughes. Resumes may also be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - Kma9000gaudi@gmail.com (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, email@example.com
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
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)
Jr. and Sr. Choir, one service, off all of July and August
2 Manual 17 rank J.B. Willcox pipe organ
Email resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 FRSUUs 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 Associations (UUAs) recommended salary range in a Midsized III congregation in geo zone 4 (https://www.uua.org/sites/live-new.uua.org/files/salary_recs_18-19_geo_4.pdf) and candidates 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. https://www.frsuu.org/employment/