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/Pianist: Salem United Church of Christ, Tonawanda: two Sunday morning services, nine extra services, accompany adult choir at Sunday rehearsal and services; quarterly staff meetings (extra as needed), church wants to develop contemporary worship with music; 50+ year old 2 manual Schlicker organ; Benefits: 4 weeks paid vacation; instead of Guidelines church has Suggestions that they follow; Salary: $11,000 – $12,700 [Evaluation = Good] Contact Patti Kidder, Music Committee Chair at cell: 716-984-7681 / home: 681-1514 / tom_patti27@yahoo.com

Organist-Director: Hamburg United Methodist Church, Hamburg: one Sunday morning service, two extra services; weekly adult, children, and bell choir rehearsals; 1958 two manual Schlicker organ; Benefits: 4 weeks paid vacation; Salary: $12,000 – $14,000 [Evaluation = Good] (NOTE: church is not providing a contract/letter of agreement) Contact Dr. Robert Cook at 982-4536 / rbcook05@hotmail.com

Previously Listed – Still Open:

Organist-Director: St. Mary’s & St. Mark’s RC Churches, Holley, NY: one Saturday mass and two Sunday masses, approx. 10 extra masses, weekly choir rehearsal, staff meetings a couple times a year, meeting with pastor once every 2-3 months; St. Mary’s – Allen Digital organ, St. Mark’s – Schlicker organ; 4 weeks paid vacation, continuing ed. funds, and AGO dues paid; Salary: $11,500 [Evaluation = Adequate – Good for Service Playing level] contact Fr. Mark Noonan at 585-638-6718 / mnstmary@gmail.com

Organist-Director/Organist: Trinity Lutheran Church LCMS, Lockport:
two Sunday morning services, 15 extra services, weekly Adult choir and Bell choir rehearsals, seasonal planning meetings; 1999 Tellers Organ (renovated in 2005); 5 weeks paid vacation and mileage paid; Salary $7,620 – 11,420 [Evaluation = Good for Service Playing level] contact Paul-Joseph Struckmann at (716)474-8400 / pjstruckmann@hotmail.com    Click here for the organ specifications.

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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