It is with great pride that I greet all of you on behalf of our Board Members. We are all struggling with finding new ways to keep up our musical connections. This choir is like an extended family. We look forward to a time when we
can gather for rehearsals to present Handel’s beloved Messiah. I was privileged to be a member of the original choir in 1970. I had never been a part of such a large chorus. I can honestly say that the connections I made, and the
excitement of this performance changed my life forever. We hope that you will continue to follow us on our website until we are able to gather again.
We will miss being able to greet you, our supporters, in person. Please stay safe until we meet again.
–Deborah Vandegrift, President, Masterworks Advisory Board
Our History & Mission
Masterworks Choir is a community choir that encourages patronage and participation in the choral arts in Southern New Jersey.
The Choir is a group of volunteer artists performing a diverse selection of quality choral music to the community free of charge.
Our mission is to include anyone who wants to sing, from high school students through seasoned choristers in their 9th decade, regardless of musical abilities or talents. There are no auditions or membership fees, simply a love of singing.
Masterworks Choir was formed in 1970 as the vision of Esther Weil and the Ocean City Arts Center as a group of community singers that gathered once a year to sing George Handel’s MESSIAH at a local church.
Over the past 50 years, Masterworks has remained primarily an oratorio chorus performing classical works by composers such as Mendelssohn, Mozart, Bach, Brahams and Haydn.
In recent years, the Choir has expanded the repertoire to include contemporary works such as Rishel’s Mass of the Children, written after the Oklahoma bombing, Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass and works by John Rutter.
The Choir remains a group of volunteer singers from Atlantic and Cape May Counties, of varied and professional backgrounds, of varied musical abilities.
The Choir rehearses and performs at St Peter’s United Methodist Church in Ocean City, NJ. St Peter’s sanctuary is the favored venue because of its size and acoustics, accommodating the Choir and Orchestra, as well as the quality of the pipe organ. Today, the Choir presents two concerts a year. During the Holiday season we venture into the community to perform at smaller venues such as Senior and community centers in Ocean City.
Masterworks Choir is a community choir open to all who love to sing. The Choir strives to foster an awareness and appreciation of a diverse selection of quality choral music performed by volunteer artists presented to the community free of charge. Our mission is to include anyone who wants to sing, from high school students through seasoned choristers into their 9th decade. Everyone is welcome to join regardless of their musical abilities or talents. There are no auditions or membership fees, just a love of singing!
How to Find Us
St. Peter’s United Methodist Church is located in the center of downtown Ocean City, New Jersey at the corner of 8th Street and Central Avenue.
Upon entering Ocean City via Route 52 and the 9th Street Bridge, continue on 9th Street to Central Avenue and turn left. The church is at the intersection of 8th Street and Central Avenue.
Parking is available on Central Avenue in the lot next to the church. There is also a lot behind the church on Wesley Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets. Handicapped parking and elevators are accessible from the parking lot behind the church.
Ocean City, NJ 08226
501 E 8th St.
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Our Mission: to encourage patronage of and participation in choral arts in Southern New Jersey.