The National City Christian Church Sanctuary Choir is an integral part of the worship life of the congregation and leads worship, through hymn singing and special gifts of choral and vocal music, throughout the entire year. In addition to singing anthems, hymns and responses, the Sanctuary Choir regularly presents large-scale works with organ and orchestra and participates in community outreach events.
Since the church’s founding in 1930, the choir has sung for presidents and numerous world dignitaries, has collaborated with such musical luminaries as opera greats Leontyne Price and Denyce Graves, and has sung for numerous special events for its national Disciples of Christ membership. The vocal ensemble of 30 singers brings professional section leaders/soloists together with numerous talented volunteer singers of varying skill levels, all of whom share a passion for and dedication to offering to God the finest possible music. The Sanctuary Choir presents repertoire from all major musical periods which honors our church history and traditions and celebrates contemporary sacred music that reflects our congregation’s many nationalities and backgrounds. Our four professional choir section leader/soloists also provide sacred arias, solo songs, and arrangements of African-American spirituals which enrich our worship experience – accompanied by our majestic, 7,100-pipe Möller pipe organ and Steinway grand piano.
The Sanctuary Choir rehearses on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Music Suite, just prior to leading the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Extra rehearsals occur occasionally, most often prior to concerts or special worship services.
There is a place in the National City Christian Church choral program for anyone who wishes to learn the love of singing, to commit to serve those who worship with us, and praise God through sacred song. New singers of all levels of experience and vocal skill are warmly invited to join the choir family and are encouraged to contact Minister of Music, Dr. J. Michael McMahon, at 202-797-0103 or via email.