Worship & Arts

At each of our worship services the talent and devotion of the Calvary Baptist Church Music and Worship Arts Ministry bless all in attendance. Worship at Calvary is more than just music and singing; it is a time of genuine praise toward God and thanksgiving for all He has done. Our Sunday times of worship are designed for you to experience God in a fresh and dynamic way.

Calvary believes that the creative arts are gifts from God. We are incredibly blessed to have a dynamic group of musicians and artists serving with an attitude of genuine praise toward God. We do all we can to foster the talents of these individuals and it is our desire to enable our musicians and artists the opportunity to grow and develop their gifts in the church while building artistic bridges to the mid-Manhattan arts community.

Calvary Choir: The Calvary Choir is comprised of singers who range in talent from active opera singers to individuals who just like to sing. The group leads worship in the 11 a.m. service and presents several concerts each year, including the annual Candlelight Christmas Concert with full orchestra. In years past have seen the group have the unique opportunity of singing with such artists as Sandi Patty and Keith and Kristin Getty. While providing a great opportunity to serve, it is also a wonderful venue for support and worship. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:30 - 9 p.m. in the Regency Room of the Hotel Salisbury.

Calvary Worship Team: The worship team, comprised of vocalists and instrumentalists, leads worship each week at the 9:30, band-driven service. Participation is open to high school age and above. An audition, whether vocal or instrumental, is required.

Gospel Praise Chorale: This ensemble, under the direction of Anissa Moore and Sharon Shah, celebrates the great heritage of gospel music. No audition is required and the group rehearses at 7 p.m., Wednesday evenings, in the Regency Room of the Hotel Salisbury. For more information, please contact Sharon Shah at shahshahrose@juno.com.

Calvary Handbell Choir: The Calvary Handbell Choir is a collegiate and adult handbell choir that performs in worship services and on special occasions. Highlights of the season include participation in the annual Candlelight Christmas Concert. Ability to read music and strong rhythmic skills are required. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Regency Room of the Hotel Salisbury. For more information contact Casandra Caminiti at handbells@cbcnyc.org.

Calvary Youth Handbell Choir: The Calvary Youth Handbell Choir is comprised of students from middle school through college. This group performs in worship services and also on special occasions. An interview and audition with the director is required, as well as basic musical skills. For more information contact Casandra Caminiti at handbells@cbcnyc.org.

  • "King of Kings and Lord of Lords" featuring the Youth Handbell Choir and Kristi Campbell on the violin: King of Kings
  • "Our God" featuring the Youth Handbell Choir and the CBC Worship Band: Our God

Calvary Concert Series: Each year Calvary Baptist Church hosts a number of musical and dramatic events from our own performing groups and guest artists. A full listing can be found on the Events Page.

The organ in Calvary Baptist Church was built in 2002 by the Wicks Organ Company of Highland, Illinois. Often described as a "hybrid" or "combo" organ, the instrument combines 15 pipe ranks by Wicks with 51 digital stops by the Walker Technical Company. Read more about Calvary's organ here.

For more information about our Music and Worship Arts Ministry, or to schedule an audition, contact Dr. Michael Luciano at (212) 975-0170 or email him at mluciano@cbcnyc.org