John C. Black, Director of Music and Choirs, Organist
Office Telephone: (401) 737-1230
John Black leads our dynamic ministry of music, conducting our large ensembles and serving as principal organist. An active performer, John’s most recent engagements include an invitation to perform in the 2019 Newport Music Festival, where he was awarded a full scholarship to participate in the inaugural season of the festival’s Young Professional Artist Program, performing as solo pianist and in chamber ensembles at prestigious venues including Ochre Court, The Breakers, Aldrich Mansion and the Newport Art Museum.
Recently accepted to the Master of Sacred Music program in organ performance at Boston University, John holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching Music from Rhode Island College, where he also earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in music, studying piano, advanced conducting and voice. He also serves as principal pianist and organist for the Providence Singers and Rhode Island Children’s Chorus, with which he has performed at venues including the Rhode Island Convention Center, the Ballroom of the Providence Biltmore, and the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Providence, and for a commercial recording on the legendary pipe organ at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.
Enjoying over ten years of service in liturgical music, John previously served as Director of Music at Barrington Presbyterian Church and as Organist at the historic Holy Ghost Church on Federal Hill, and still retains the position of Organist at Saint Mark’s Church in Jamestown. For the past ten consecutive seasons, John has served as resident pianist at the Newport Mansions during the Christmas season, performing as solo pianist and conducting choral performances at The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House. Besides performing as pianist, organist and choral conductor, John has a passion for creating inspirational worship through sacred music, and enjoys crafting arrangements and compositions. John’s ministry is in close partnership with his wife, Olivia, a music educator, frequent soprano soloist and member of our Chancel Choir. John and Olivia were united in marriage at Greenwood in January, 2020 and reside nearby in Warwick.