The CHUMC Choir is a vital and historical part of the Sunday service. Known for its excellent contribution to the church, the choir rehearses from September to May on Sunday mornings at 9:45 prior to the worship service. Strong section leadership enables anyone who is comfortable singing in a group to participate fully and help to raise the spirits of the congregation through music. The instruments that accompany the choir include a magnificent pipe organ and concert grand piano.
We engage in a variety of musical styles that may include major works such as the Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, performed with full orchestra. The choir is off during July and August thus providing an opportunity for choir members to perform solos.
We welcome your voice!
CHUMC's Pipe Organ
The historic pipe organ at CHUMC is considered a tonal masterpiece, matched by few other organs in the DC area. Originally built in 1939 by M.P. Moller under the direction of Richard Whitelegg, the organ was moved to Capitol Hill UMC in 1967, and underwent a 2-year restoration that was completed in 2009. The organ shines with its newly restored luster and and is now ready to shine for decades to come.
Director Jon Kalbfleisch
CHUMC musical director Jon Kalbfleisch has won two Helen Hays Awards in 2008 and 2009 (Outstanding Musical Direction for his work with Signature Theater), shared a Tony in 2009 (Regional Theater Award for Signature Theater), and shared a Grammy nomination 2010 (Best Classical Album for his performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on "Bernstein: Mass"). Our musical programs and our church are blessed to have Jon as our director.