John C. Black, Director of Music and Choirs, Organist
Office Telephone: (401) 737-1230
John Black leads our dynamic ministry of music, conducting our major ensembles and serving as principal organist. A candidate for the Master of Arts degree in teaching music at Rhode Island College, John holds a B.A. in music with studies in piano, voice, and advanced conducting. John is the collaborative pianist for the Providence Singers, accompanying rehearsals and performing in concert when programming includes piano or organ. He is also staff accompanist for the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus, and is a frequently called upon freelance accompanist around southern New England. He also currently serves as organist at Saint Mark’s Church in Jamestown, and before being called to Greenwood, served as Director of Music at Barrington Presbyterian Church and a fifteen hundred member Roman Catholic parish. Piano performance engagements have brought John to the Newport Mansions and other prestigious venues, and recent performances under John’s baton for the Music at Greenwood community concert series have featured selections from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and selected twenty-first century choral works.