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: St. David’s Episcopal Church, West Seneca: organist needed to play services for 3 or 4 Sundays per month and a few extra services during the year (so person would have 1 Sunday off per month) no choir; church has a 2-man. pipe organ that is currently being refurbished; no contract or extra benefits; Salary: pay is per-service following AGO guidelines – according to level of ability [Evaluation = Good] Contact Fr. Allen Farabee at Church: 674-4670 or Home: 882-4981

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

Organist-Choirmaster: St. Mark’s and All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Buffalo: would like a musician who is familiar with liturgical traditions –– one Sunday morning service, one or two extra services, possible neighborhood hymn-sing/sing-a-long, weekly adult choir rehearsal (time negotiable), bi-monthly worship team meetings; two manual (c. 1940) Delaware organ (good condition); Benefits: 4 weeks paid vacation, negotiable sick time, and AGO or other dues paid (negotiable); Salary; $4,600 – $6,000 [Evaluation = Adequate] contact Fr. Harry Grace at Church: 875-8374 / Cell: 716-836-3781 or send a resumé to the church: 311 Ontario St., Buffalo, NY 14207

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Fort Erie, is seeking a part-time Organist/Choirmaster.

We have a small SATB choir that is open to new challenges. The position requires excellent “people skills” as well as the ability to play hymns, service music, preludes, and postludes. A familiarity with church music in a liturgical setting is desirable. In addition to the organ, the sanctuary holds a Yamaha grand piano. The organist is expected to play one service with choir at 10:00 am on Sundays in addition to occasional special services throughout the year. The Organist/Choirmaster directs the adult choir, which includes regularly scheduled rehearsals to prepare the hymns and anthems. There is a small junior choir to foster 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. The Organist/Choirmaster will have the right of first refusal for any weddings or funerals in the parish. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Please, send resume' to:

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

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.


Organist/Accompanist: (requires Bachelors degree or equivalent in performance) Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo: Quarter-time position –– prepare and provide keyboard (organ, piano, harpsichord) solo music and accompaniment for 60-member choir, congregation and instrumentalists in Sunday and other worship services; work with Daniel Bassin, Music Director, Minister and other staff (responsible to Music Director); requires flexible hours including Sundays and evenings; one Sunday morning service,  2 extra services, weekly adult choir rehearsal; want to develop multi-generational worship; 2 manual 1906 Hutchings-Votey organ rebuilt by Delaware Organ in 1960; Benefits: Pension, AGO and/or other church music organization dues, 4 weeks paid vacation; Salary: $7,600 – $7,800 [Evaluation = Below Minimum]  Position description available at www.buffalouu.org/uucb-organist-position.html; Send resumé with cover letter specifying interest and qualifications, by September 6th, 2013 to the Music Director at music@buffalouu.org


Previously Listed – Still Open



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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