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: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Orchard Park: one Sunday morning service, six extra services, weekly choir rehearsal, want to develop a childrens choir; staff meetings; 40 yr. old Carlson pipe organ (recently updated to digital); 4 weeks paid vacation and AGO or other organization dues paid; Salary: $12,000 – $15,000 [Evaluation = Good]; contact David Spriegel at: dspriegel@mtb.com / 848-3382 -Days / 627-1470 -Evenings (The Rector is currently on sabbatical until Nov. 1.) [Note: this position was advertised in early spring but is now open again.] 

Organist-Director or Separate Organist and Director: Amherst Presbyterian Church, Williamsville
: one Sunday morning service, four extra services, weekly adult choir rehearsal; approx. 35 yr. old 2 man. Rodgers Scarborough organ Benefits: 4 weeks paid vacation & 2 Sunday sick days; Salary: $7,324 [Evaluation = Minimum]; contact Judith Bailey at 636-6148/ baj-42@msn.com [Church presently has an interim pastor]

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.

Organist-Director: First Presbyterian Church, Westfield, NY: One Sunday morning service and choir rehearsal, monthly Celtic Vespers Service (3rd Thursday), three extra services [SUNY Fredonia students are part of the choir], Worship & Music Committee meeting (1st Wednesday of month); 1879 Jensen pipe organ; no Benefits being provided except those required by law; Salary: $8,500 [Evaluation = Minimum – Adequate]; contact Pastor Dana Vaughn at 716-326-2643 / onestpresby@fairpoint.net

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

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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