Buffalo Chapter
American Guild of Organists

Open Positions

Note: Only churches providing F.I.C.A. and Workers' Compensation as well as Unemployment and Disability Insurance are listed, and a written contract will be provided for all positions listed unless otherwise noted.

Please read the "Guidelines for the Work and Compensation of the Church Musician" booklet for more information on the recommendations of the Buffalo Chapter AGO for employers and employees.

To advertise a position with the guild please contact Elaine Gardner at 716-875-5858 or ecgardner@roadrunner.com

New Positions:

Organist-Director: Church of the Nativity UCC, Town of Tonawanda: one 10:30 Sunday morning service, six extra services; direct and rehearse weekly Adult Choir and Bell Choir [And optional for the position: direct and rehearse three Youth Choirs and/or the Praise Team that performs at the 9:00 AMSunday service]; one or two concerts per year; staff meeting about every 6 weeks, one staff (day) retreat per year, monthly Worship Committee meeting, bi-monthly meetings with the pastor; two manual, 8 rank Schlicker organ (25-30 yrs. old); church does not use denominational guidelines; Benefits: 4 weeks paid vacation, others negotiable; Salary: $15,000 – $30,000 [Evaluation = Minimum – Adequate depending on scope of position] contact Margaret Hilligas at: margaret@nativityucc.org

Additional info: Director of Music Position: Looking for a dynamic, hands on, experienced individual to oversee/lead all aspects of our Christian church’s traditional & contemporary music program. PT 12-20 hrs/week. Work with a very talented and large congregation where your specific talents can shine. Req- proficiency in piano and organ, exp in directing music programs or ensemble. Details about this exciting position can be found on the church’s homepage at www.nativityucc.org.

Organist-Director: Riverside Presbyterian Church, Niagara Falls, NY: To begin Jan. 1, 2015 – two Sunday morning services (one with choir), three extra services, weekly choir rehearsal with Adult choir, staff meetings; 2 man. 1950 Moller organ; church uses it’s own guidelines, 4 weeks paid vacation and AGO/other dues paid; salary: $11,000 – $13,000 [Evaluation = Good] contact Rev. Laura Norris Buisch at: lnorrisbuich@yahoo.com or 283-9752

Previously Listed – Still Open:

Organist-Singer: Infant of Prague RC Church, Snyder: Organist with ability to play and sing and work with Music Director (could eventually become a full-time position) –– Saturday 4:00 PM mass, 1st Sunday of the month 8:30 AM mass (instead of that Sat.), Sunday 10:30 mass with choir, 8 or more extra masses, weekly 9:15 Sun. AM choir rehearsal (occasional extra rehearsals), yearly Lessons & Carols and/or special music, bimonthly Music Liturgy Panning and Cantor Practices; Approx. 20 weddings and 40 funerals per year for organist-singer (compensated for individually); 15 yr. old 3-man. Allen organ and baby grand piano; Benefits: all negotiable; Salary: $12,500 – $15,000 [Evaluation = Good] contact Virginia Greenan, Music Director at  839-3044

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Fort Erie, is seeking a part-time Music Director, Organist and Choir Director.

We have a small SATB choir that is open to new challenges. The position requires excellent leadership skills as well as the ability to play hymns, anthems, choral responses in liturgy, preludes, and postludes. For this ministry, a familiarity with church music in a liturgical setting is desirable. The music director is expected to play the entire 10:00 am Sunday service with the choir, as well as the closing hymn at the 8:00 am contemplative service on Sundays. The Music Director leads weekly scheduled rehearsals with the adult choir to prepare the hymns and anthems. There is a possibility of fostering a small junior choir as well. She or he will also meet regularly with the Rector to plan music for services, and will give all music selections to the Parish Administrator for the weekly bulletin in a timely fashion. The Music Director will have the right of first refusal for any weddings or funerals in the parish. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Position is considered 8 hours per week. Salary: $12,000 for Masters degree level (according to RCCO guidelines). There is an extra Saturday evening service, possible evensongs, and a service every day during Holy Week.

Please, send resume' to:

St. Paul’s Anglican Church
32 Idylewylde Street
Fort Erie, ON  L2A 2L1

Organist-Director / Organist to work with a director: St. Katharine Drexel RC Church, Buffalo: Bachelor’s degree or above for 30-32 hrs. per week; Saturday 4:00 PM Mass (organ with cantor) and Sunday 10:00 AM Choir Mass, approx. 18 extra Masses, weekly Adult choir rehearsal –Sun. mornings (3 or 4 paid singers), monthly Staff meeting, bimonthly Parish Counsel meeting; weddings & funerals compensated for individually; 2-man. 1963 Delaware organ; Benefits: 4 weeks paid vacation, Pension, and Health Insurance; Salary: $36,000 [Evaluation = Good]; contact Fr. James Monaco at 895-6813 or cell: 228-2514 – a musically literate and caring priest

Children’s Song leader: First Presbyterian Church of East Aurora is looking for a leader for “kid’s singing”. The children convene after the “children’s moment” during the 10:30 worship hour for about 20 minutes of singing. The activity is held in one of the rooms near the sanctuary. An adult helper is present during the singing time. The repertoire is chosen from Bible songs, camp songs and folk songs. A person interested in this position will be capable of teaching songs by rote. A degree or experience in music education is helpful but not required. The position is part of the music ministry at FPCEA and the director will work in collaboration with the music/worship team. Evaluation will be conducted by the Personnel Committee of the church. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience. The children will sing at the 10:30 service approximately once/month. Interviews will begin immediately. Letters of application and resume’s can be sent to Kathleen Keenan-Takagi or keentakagi@aol.com or Jennifer Higgins, JHig59@aol.com, or call the office at First Presbyterian Church at East Aurora 652-0160. The position is open until filled.

PLEASE NOTE: For information about Roman Catholic Church positions please call Alan Lukas at 652-6565

IMPORTANT: You are reminded that listing of positions in this newsletter does not imply endorsement by the Buffalo Chapter A.G.O. or any of its committees. Appropriateness of a position must be judged by the applicant him/her self. For help with this, you may wish to contact the Placement Chair for additional information about a position and/or consult with a member who previously held the position. You are also reminded to be very cautious about accepting a position without a written contract.
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