Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter

[last updated November 17, 2014]

Message from the Dean 

Choral Evensong at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Taunton, MA

On Sunday, May 24th, St. Thomas Church will host a choral Evensong directed by Philip Jones.  The program begins at 4:00 p.m.  Interested singers are asked to be at the church at 2:30 p.m. for a rehearsal.  Come sing and hear music to close the Easter Season at this Pentecost celebration.

Chapter Leadership

We in the leadership would welcome the opportunity for some new people to help lead the chapter forward.  This spring, we would like to put together a nominating committee to present a slate of officers for an official chapter election.  If you would like to serve on the committee and/or run for one of the offices, please let me know.



Briarwood Ensemble performs “What’s in a Name?” at St. Joseph Church, Fall River

The twenty-two voice a capella ensemble, directed by Steven Young, will perform a free concert at St.Joseph Church, 1335 North Main  Street, Fall River, MA beginning at 7:30 p.m.   Musical highlights include works by Heinrich Biebl, John Tavener, and Eric Whatiacre’s masterpiece, Leonardo dreams of his flying machine.  All are invited to this wonderful event.


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  POE in Brooklyn this summer.  

Interested students should follow this link to get details about the exciting summer opportunity in New York with teachers like Renee Louprette, David Hurd, and Christopher Houlihan.  The program is so popular, that students are now being wait-listed.  The link below provides information about other POEs across the USA.



Please continue to check our webpage regularly for news about chapter events, job placement, and other information on the chapter. Interested in becoming a member of our chapter or finding a way to serve the chapter?  Please contact Steven Young (  for further information.




e mail Richard Hill: for membership form. Our chapter covers the 53 towns and cities south of Boston, north of Cape Cod and east of Rhode Island. It includes the cities of Brockton, Taunton, Attleboro, Fall River and New Bedford along wth several small towns, many with historic pipe organs. The oldest continually active E & GG Hook pipe organ in the United States, an 1834 installation is in the Berkley Congregational Church. Our programs are held throughout the region and celebrate organs and organ music throughout the year. To join the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter, E-mail Jim Moore at for the membership application. gray-bar-1px

2013-2014 Compensation for Sacred MusiciansAMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS Fee Guidelines recommended by the Professional Concerns Committee for churches and synagogues in the Boston area. The resident organist of a church, synagogue, or temple has the right of first refusal for all weddings and funerals in the employing institution. No AGO member shall accept any engagement in any institution without the prior apporval of the resident organist. Fees are paid prior to the wedding or funeral unless other agreement has been made.Wedding or Funeral (includes one consultation) $250=$400 Wedding Rehearsal (one hour) $125-$200 Ancillary Musician Rehearsal $100-$150 (per hour; minimum half-hour fee) Special requirements (including contracting musicians) negotiated on a case by case basisSubstitute Organists Substitute Organist for one service $200-$350 Substitute Organist and Choir Director $250-$400 Extra rehearsal accompanying soloist or choir $100-$150POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Saint Gerard Majella Parish, in Canton is seeking a part time organist/pianist to accompany two Sunday Masses (10:30am and 6pm) including rehearsals, as well as Holy Week, Christmas, Holy Days of Obligation and any other liturgical services as needed, including Weddings. The Organist/Pianist will be responsible for working directly with the Director of Music.Qualifications: Excellent piano and organ skills Comprehensive knowledge of Catholic Liturgy (preferred but not required)Salary negotiable – Commensurate with skill level and experience. Interested parties should contact: Tracy Zwicker-Suplee, the parish Music Director at The First Congregational Church of Marion, MA, seeks an experienced organist/choir director to begin January 2014. Historic mechanical action organ. Pedal skills necessary. Interested applicants should call the Church office at 508-748-1053 and/or send a resume to: The First Congregational Church, Box 326, Marion, MA 02738. Ben Dunham 472 Point Road, Marion, MA 02738 Home: 508-748-1734 Fax: 508-748-1928 E-mail: dunhamb@post.harvard.eduThere is an opening for Music Director/Organist at the Church of Our Savior Episcopal Church in Middleboro, starting in September. Jesse Woodberry 1900 2-12; Andover O. Co 1973 2-19 Bryan Young Senior Warden, COS 508 813-1282.

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church Hingham (Old Ship) Please submit a resume cover letter, and professional references. Send application materials by was of e mail to or mail to First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church 107 Main Street Hingham, MA 02043 This half time position consists of 20 hours a week with attendance expected on Sunday mornings from mid-September through mid- june and at other times as necessary. The salary range is $18,000 to $22,000 within accepted UU guidelines and is commensurate with experience. Qualifications: Accomplished musician and choir director Instrumental skills: organ, piano Knowledge of musical selections across many genres of music Organized, with the ability to work with multiple groups. For more information, go to The Old Ship organ is an Allen Custom Digital Organ Part-time Music Director wanted for 1st Congregational Church of Walpole, NH, UCC. The church has 200+ members and adult, bell, and children’s choirs. Keyboard and directing skills required. Go to for job description and salary information. Contact: Judy Spinella, 603 756 9221

Part Time Organist Starting January 2014 The First Congregational Church of Sharon, MA, a UCC affiliated church, is seeking a regular part-time organist to start January 2014. FCC of Sharon has a strong music tradition with a committed and energetic 25-30 member adult choir, a pastor who loves music and working with music leaders, and many gifted musicians, adults and children, within the congregation. Organist will provided organ music for weekly 10AM Sunday service September through June, holiday worship services, and special cantata concert. Piano and/or organ accompaniment, as required, for weekly adult choir Tuesday evening rehearsal and Sunday morning warm-ups under the direction of the Music Director. Additional services such as weddings and funerals may be performed for additional compensation. The organist will work with the Music Director, Pastor, and Music Committee Chair as necessary for the conduct of the music program A successful candidate will have demonstrated proficiency in organ. A Bachelors’ degree in music, sacred music, CAGO certificate or its equivalent, and 3 years experience in church music or related experience is preferred, but not required. Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience. Website: Contact: Martha MacMillin , Music Committee Chair First Congregational Church of Sharon P.O. Box 423 29 North Main Street Sharon, MA 02067 781-784-2631

Avon Baptist Church 119 North Main Street, Avon, MA 508 583 8076 Seeking Organist to accomany church services and choirs Roche Organ 2 manuels 12 stops.

First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist 19 Town Square Plymouth, MA 02360 508-747-1606 Position: Organist/Pianist Membership: 80 Submission Deadline: Until Filled First Parish Church, Plymouth, MA, the oldest church in North America, is seeking a ¼ time organist/pianist effective mid August 2012. Music is an integral part of the life of this historic church and an important element of our growth process. We are seeking an organist/pianist for Sunday morning worship services (one service at 10a.m.) and other special church services (e.g. Thanksgiving Day Interdenominational Service, Christmas Eve, etc.) This music professional will accompany the church choir under the leadership of the Music Director and provide service music such as preludes, interludes, postludes, and occasional anthems. He/she must be comfortable with a variety of musical styles, including: classical, contemporary, multi-cultural, and gospel, in keeping with the spirit of Unitarian Universalist beliefs and principles. Access to and wide knowledge of organ and keyboard repertoire is highly desirable. Choir rehearsal is scheduled for Sunday morning at 8:30; occasional rehearsals are added for special events. We seek someone who is a good communicator and brings creative energy to his/her work. This position reports to the Music Director. Percent of fulltime: 1/4 time, 12 months per year (Six Sundays of leave per year.) Salary range: $6,000 to $8,000 (in accordance with UUA Salary recommendations for small church in Region 4) Organ: Allen Organ Model ADC-500. Purchased in 1987 Website:

Organist (pianist), weekends 3 masses (all or some), Contact Fr. Daniel Gray, Pastor, St. Anthony Church, Portsmouth, RI 401-683-0089

Pearl Sreet United Methodist Church 415 Pearl Street Brockton, MA 02301 Pianist/Organist Needed 1914 2-8 Estey Tubular Sunday Service 11:00 AM Choir Rehearsal Thursday 7:30-9:00 Salary $135.00 weekly Contact Janice Schuster 508 801 8414

First Baptist Church Scituate,MA is looking for person who will be a good fit for a team-oriented staff to lead music for their traditional Sunday morning worship service (10:00am). The full time position needing to be filled is that of a pianist/organist who would accompany the church choir at worship services, play other service music as well as direct choir rehearsals on a weekly basis (day/time is negotiable) The person that would be considered is familiar with traditional hymns, praise/contemporary music and some anthem presentations on special occasions. Sight-reading is a must. The church is now accepting requests for auditions. The audition will include playing a hymn from sight, a praise/contemporary song from sight and playing certain choral responses on the organ (2 manual Allen). Contact the office at 781-545-0058 for application. Applications due by May 31st, 2012. Available: Lowry Electronic Organ 50+ years old Come and get it:

Organist/Choir Director – Whitman Posted On: August 23, 2012 Contact: Music Committee E-mail: Phone: 781-447-5557 Address: 519 Washington Street, Whitman, MA 02382 Position Start Date: TBD Please send letter of interest and resume with references by September 30, 2012 Description: First Congregational Church of Whitman, MA, seeks a music director to lead our volunteer choir of 10-12 singers and to play the organ through out services. Our ideal candidate is a creative individual that can read music. For many years our church has used traditional hymns from the Pilgrim and New Century Hymnals and sung classically based four part anthems. There is an interest within the church to integrate more modern music and explore musically appropriate ways to showcase the choir of mostly non-musically trained individuals whose ages range from 12 to 80. Weekly responsibilities Include: • As keyboardist/organist, he or she shall provide music for all regular and holiday worship services. Music will consist of (i) appropriate preludes, offertories, and postludes selected by the keyboardist, (ii) accompaniment for choirs and congregational singing (anthems, hymns, Doxology, offertories, and responses), and (iii) additional background music at the request of the pastor. • As keyboardist/organist, he or she will accompany the choir rehearsals, one hour prior to services (in most cases 9 AM September through June). • As music director, he or she shall prepare for services by selecting music and practicing as needed. • As music director he or she will assist in the preparation of a children’s choir and or bell choir. Compensation: $9,115 (annually). Calendar year begins January 1st. *if hired October 1, 2012 or after- salary would be prorated based on weeks remaining in year. Organ: A 2010 digital Rogers organ. Website: www

Substitute List David Baker Email or call 617-367-4260.

Fred Brewer 508 586 9527 Ron Brown 508 226 1565 (All) $125. minimum

Philip Jones E-mail:

Claire DeCusati 781-582-8722

Bruce Gardzina 508-951-0899

Dr. Gary Mazzola, Organist/Pianist/Choir Director, 508-873-7805 cell and home 508-668-2595.

Jim Moore available long term 61 Oak Street Norton, MA 02766-1103

Joan Nahigian 81 King Philips Pathe Marshfield, MA 02050 (781) 834-4105

Brandon Santini – 781-331-0930 Available for Funeral & Weddings

Beverly Jerold Scheibert, MM, AAGO 508-339-0579 I play all denominations, and am available weekends and weekdays.

Sarah Hostetter 781-740-1283 303 Linden Ponds Way, Apt. T-20 Hingham, MA 02043

Howard Phelps 508-224-8475. email address: Pat Potter 508-226-2277 weekdays and Saturdays

Maria Rivera 774 222-3352 BM Eastman MM Juilliard

Jim Russell

Ronald P. Shepard: 413 783 4280 860 243 7424

Mary Whelan 508 222 5762 weekdays and Saturdays

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website. gray-bar-1px


The AGO PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM dates from 1896, when the Guild received its charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York to administer a comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification. The following certificates are offered under the auspices of the AGO Committee on Professional Certification: Service Playing Certificate (SPC), Colleague (CAGO), Choir Master (ChM), Associateship (AAGO), and Fellowship (FAGO). While the lower-level Guild examinations (CAGO and SPC) test competence in a number of skills that an organist uses regularly, such as hymn playing, accompanying, and sight-reading, the more advanced examinations also test the candidate’s literacy and musicianship at a higher level. For example, tests in writing counterpoint, accompanying from a figured bass, and essay questions in music history are included in the upper-level exams. “An AGO certificate benefits the member, contributing to professional advancement and to an increase in confidence in performance, and it strengthens the Guild in its mission to maintain standards in organ playing, choral conducting, and worship music,” notes Philip Gehring, PhD, FAGO, immediate past director of the AGO Committee on Professional Certification. “A Guild with a large number of certified members sends a message to the public that we are serious about quality in the practice of our profession.” Approximately 10% of the AGO membership is certificated. Of those, 39% hold the Service Playing Certificate; 29% hold the Colleague; 7% hold the Choir Master; 18% hold the Associateship, and 7% hold the Fellowship. gray-bar-1px

Contact Us

Officers for 2013-2014:

Dean – Dr Steven Young, AAGO 508 823 0504 68 Briarwood Drive Taunton, MA 02780-3754 St. Thomas Episcopal, Taunton.

Sub-Dean -Philip Jones FRCO 508 583 3022 127 Tilton Avenue, Brockton, MA 02301-3029

Treasurer/Registrar/Membership – Jim Moore 508 223 9646 61 Oak Street, Norton MA 02766-1103

Secretary/Newsletter/Webmaster – Richard Hill 508 238-6081 18 Main Street North Easton, MA 02356 1430 Unity Church of North Easton (Unitarian Universalist)

Education Coordinator – Fred Brewer 508 586 9527 40 Ellen Road Brockton, MA 02302-2527



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