Sing lustily and with a good courage.
— John Wesley, Select Hymns, 1761

National UMC has a long tradition of musical excellence in worship and we welcome you to join our ministry.  


Dayspring Choir

Leads worship at the 9:00am service

Metropolitan Memorial Campus

Rehearses 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays at 7:30 and following the 9:00am service in the Music Room

Contact Melissa Chavez


Rockin' Gospel Choir

Leads Worship at the 11am service

Wesley Campus

Rehearses before and after worship with additional Saturday rehearsals at the Wesley Campus

Contact Pam Rogers


Youth Choir

For full details about our Youth Choir, visit our Youth Ministry page.

Handbell Choir

Rings once a month at the 9am and 11am services

Metropolitan Memorial Campus

Rehearses regularly on Sundays, Sanctuary 

Contact Brian Seemann


Chancel Choir

Leads worship at 11:00am Service

Metropolitan Memorial Campus

Rehearses Thursdays at 7:30, Music Room and Sanctuary

Contact Bruce Caviness


Men's Ensemble

This group comprises men from all of National UMC's choral ensembles. (And in case you don't know, they're basically famous.) 

Rehearsals based on availability of singers

Sings 5-8 times a year

Contact Melissa Chavez


Children's Choirs

For full details about our children's choirs, visit our Children's Ministry page.

Worship Orchestra

Leads in worship at 9:00 am service on the first Sunday of the month, October through December and February through June

Metropolitan Memorial Campus

Rehearses at 8:00am prior to the service, Sanctuary

All instruments and ability levels welcome

Contact Melissa Chavez



National UMC's thriving visual and performing arts programs are a great outlet for our many talented community members. Throughout the year, exhibitions and concerts are planned and hosted by the Arts Council for everyone to enjoy. From the Navy Band Sea Chanters to piano concerts there are offerings nearly every month alongside art installations in the Great Hall.


Arts Council

The National UMC Arts Council is a group of church members who promote, encourage and incorporate the arts as an integral part of the life of our church and its outreach to the community. The Council sponsors curated art shows and concerts several times a year, and hosts exhibits of art work by members of our community.

Jazz at Wesley


On the fourth Saturday of each month, our Wesley campus hosts an entertaining evening of jazz, featuring some of Washington, DC's most notable jazz musicians, vocalists, and ensembles. This fall, each program is preceded by a fun and interactive dance lesson. Jazz at Wesley is appropriate for all ages and is proud to be an alcohol-free environment. 

Check the Jazz@Wesley page for details and to purchase tickets in advance. For more information or to inquire about performing at Jazz at Wesley, please contact Pam Rogers

Metro Players

The Metro Players are proud to present I Hate Hamlet as their Spring production. More information and tickets are available here.

The Metro Players have a rich 30+ year history of performing a wide range of theatrical pieces, and are an inter-generational all-volunteer group of thespians of varying degrees of experience and ability. For over 30 years, the group has presented theatrical offerings ranging from one-act plays to full-length dramas and comedies that are informative, consciousness-raising, sometimes controversial, and always artfully done. 

Opportunities in the Players include on-stage performance and behind the scenes support, including: lighting, sound, sets, props, costuming, makeup and hair, publicity, play reading and selection, and much more! If you have any questions about our work, have any suggestions for plays for us to consider producing, or wish to join us either onstage or backstage, please contact us