Welcome to the Berkshire Chapter of the American Guild of Organists!

Upcoming Events

Jan. 4, 2015 - 4:00PM

Midwinter Business Meeting and Potluck, with Twelfth Night Party

Let’s celebrate! Our Midwinter Berkshire AGO Business Meeting and Potluck may seem early this year, but don’t miss it! It’s always so wonderful to see everyone get together for this social time. Bring what you like for the Potluck, and we’ll enjoy sharing whatever appears. Several new folks have joined our ranks, and this should be a good chance to get acquainted. There will be a brief business meeting of the Chapter, and then some fun Midwinter “hi-jinks.” We’ll be at Nancy King’s home this year. E-mail Nancy at king2380@roadrunner.com for directions. Snow date: Jan. 11.


Position Vacancy:  Organist/Music Director

First Congregational Church of Dalton, United Church of Christ
514 Main Street
Dalton, MA  01226
PH:  413-684-1715
E-mail:  fcc.ucc.dalton@gmail.com

The First Congregational Church of Dalton, United Church of Christ seeks an enthusiastic and creative organist/choir director for its music ministry.  This is a quarter-time position.

The candidate should be able to play both organ and piano.  Although the congregation’s music preferences are rooted in western classical tradition, the candidate should be comfortable in other musical genres as the congregation would like to broaden its musical palette.

The candidate will lead a very good SATB church choir of about a dozen singers.  The candidate will also work with the pastor to collaborate on worship.  This will include selecting hymns and looking to use music creatively in order to enhance worship.  The organ is a three-manual Allen.

The organist will play at one service on Sunday plus special services throughout the year, including, but not limited to: Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday.  There might be other occasional services throughout the year that currently are not scheduled as yet.  These might include a “Longest Night” service.  The organist will play for weddings and funerals providing they are at mutually convenient times.  He/she may at times meet with couples or family members to plan their wedding music.  He/she should work with soloists.

The organist will also maintain the church’s music library.  The organist will have responsibility to maintain the church pianos and organ.

Candidates should submit an audition tape or disk along with a cover letter and resume to the above address.  The package should be marked “Music Director Search.”  Please be sure to put your name on the audition tape or disk if you would like it returned.

The total compensation for this position is $16.5 thousand annually