We celebrate the arts at Middle Church in our ministries and programs. From music to dance to puppet theater to dramatic readings to the visual arts, we use arts in worship every Sunday to story God’s radical love in a way that speaks to the heart, soul, mind, and body.
Artists participate in a variety of ways:
The Middle Church Choir sings every Sunday morning at Middle Church. A group of highly skilled professionals, our singers have credits that include Broadway and touring companies, operas and concerts in venues around New York and around the globe. Members of the Middle Church Choir are composers, conductors and musical coaches. The Middle Church choir sings classical music, sacred music, jazz, spirituals, anthems, show tunes and popular music that bring joy and diversity to the worship celebration at Middle Church.
The Middle Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir, directed by John Del Cueto, has a powerful and dynamic ministry, both inside and outside the church walls. Their music at rallies for racial, LGBTQ, and economic equality has been featured on the The Today Show and All In with Chris Hayes. In 2016, NYC Pride—the organizers of the annual Pride March—awarded the choir with the “Best Float Performance.” The Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir has sung in the Pride March for over 20 years. They recently performed at Carnegie Hall. Their repertoire, rooted in gospel music, includes a wide range of musical genres.
The new, In-the-Middle Choir performs at the 11:15 AM Celebration! worship once a month on first Sundays. All voices—whether you’re a beginner or professional—are welcome to join.
The Village Chorus for Children and Youth explores a diverse repertoire from many cultures. Children learn the basic elements of vocal production, sing in various languages, and offer soul stirring music. Children perform several times throughout the school year.
John Del Cueto, Director of the Middle Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir and Village Chorus for Children and Youth