Music & Art

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 from many disciplines work together on our Arts in Activism and Education ministry team. Using their gifts for such programs as Sunday Worship, SoulFood, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, World AIDS Day, Earth Day and PRIDE Month, these lay leaders and professionals collaborate to express Middle's artistic voice.

Middle Church Choir

The Middle Church Choir sings Bach, Beatles, and Broadway with ease and power. This group of professional singers, whose credits include Broadway, theater, and opera venues throughout New York City and around the world, arrive on Sunday mornings, read their music like most of us read the newspaper, and in less than an hour, bring musical excellence and spiritual passion to worship.

Members of the Middle Church Choir are composers, conductors, and musical coaches who sing in other venues around our city.

Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir

The Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir moves movements, bodies, and souls.

In-the-Middle Choir

All voices—whether you’re a beginner or professional—are welcome to join.

For those joining the choir, there will be a 8:30 AM rehearsal in the Sanctuary on Sunday. Music will be provided. Please dress comfortably and bring a friend who likes to sing! To receive more information about the In-the-Middle Choir, please contact Tami Petty at tpetty@middlechurch.org.

The Village Chorus for Children and Youth

One of the ways we teach our children the importance of a community that rises for racial, LGBTQIA+, and economic equality is to teach our children to sing. Youth learn a diversity of music from Beethoven to the Beatles to Broadway. They gain confidence and the congregation pours love into them.

The Village Chorus for Children and Youth sings once a month in worship celebrations and have performed at Joe’s Pub at The Public, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, and the New York Public Library.

Gospel Ensemble

Our Gospel Ensemble's tight harmonies and soulful interpretations stay with you all week. With members from our award-winning Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir and our larger community, the Gospel Ensemble offers traditional gospel music, adding to the great artistic diversity of our worship celebrations. For information about how to join, contact John Del Cueto at Jdelcueto@middlechurch.org.

Art & Soul Chorus

Fierce. That is this chorus is a one word. It was founded by three-time Emmy-nominated Tituss Burgess -- in between his stints on Broadway as Sebastian the Crab in The Little Mermaid and Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls, and his rise to fame for his portrayal of Titus Andromedon in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. This chorus of singers across genres gathers to sing gospel music and has recorded an album titled Welcome, composed by Burgess.

Dance and Drama

We believe art drops us into the space where we understand God's Reign with all of our senses.

We dance on the pews. Whether it’s a flash mob to Pharrell’s Happy, our gospel choir rocking to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, or a family of four dancing to Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror, dance is where we meet the God-in-motion. Middle members and choreographers Tadej Brdnik, Mark Dendy, Kim Greer, and Ishmael Houston-Jones share their talent and their passion for dance here. Professional dancers and those who just love to move bring this art form to our space.