BUMC’s vital, varied music ministry provides opportunities for musicians of all ages and levels of experience to contribute. Music groups lead worship services and special events all year round. For general questions, contact music director Chris Warrington.

Praise Band

Contemporary church music, which covers many styles and genres including pop, country, folk, rock, and even jazz, has proven to be a vital aspect of today’s modern worship services. BUMC’s Praise Band consists of keyboards, piano, drums, guitar, bass and a vocal lineup that strives to engage the congregation in singing brand-new Christian music, new arrangements of older (but familiar) hymns, and occasionally, a secular selection that contains a spiritual or religious, theme. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary. You are invited to come to sing or play with us!

Sanctuary Choir

Choral music and hymns continue to fill a vital niche in modern worship services. Each week, our Sanctuary Choir inspires the congregation to sing both old and new hymns as well as newer songs. They also present anthems spanning the musical eras of baroque, classical, romantic and others, up to and including more contemporary arrangements. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 8:00 – 9:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Please join us!  For more information, contact Max Nolin, Sanctuary Choir Conductor or Chris Warrington, Director of Music.

Bethesda Bells

The Bethesda Bells handbell choir is for experienced adult bell ringers. The choir rings in six to eight Sunday morning services each year, as well as at various additional events and rehearses on Monday evenings at 7:30 pm in the Choir Room (Room 208).  For more information, contact Gail Williams.

Church Folk

BUMC’s folk group has developed a repertoire of acoustic guitar and banjo accompanied tunes to promote sing-along folk music in our community. Members are encouraged to bring new music too. Church Folk leads music at worship services several times a year.  All levels of instrumentalists and singers are welcome.  The group gets together the second Monday of each month for a relaxed rehearsal.  For more information, contact John Euler.

Children’s Choir

Children in pre-K through 5th grade have a number of opportunities to sing with our choir throughout the year.  Rehearsals are held every Sunday morning at 9:30 am in the Choir Room (Room 208) Contact Max Nolin (max@washmorefeet.org) to learn more.

Capital Carillon

Since 1996, Capital Carillon has been bringing the art of English handbell ringing to the metropolitan Washington area. Its mission is to educate, enlighten, and entertain national capital area audiences through the art of ringing with musical excellence. The choir works to achieve the following objectives:

  • to attract, organize, educate, and rehearse qualified handbell ringers;
  • to educate others in the community through performances of handbell music;
  • to promote the art of handbell music;
  • to encourage the public appreciation of and interest in handbell music.

Access our active repertoire here.