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Worship Through Song 

Dumbarton’s choir lifts the spirit of the congregation’s spirit through song with a repertoire of classical, contemporary, spiritual and folk music. We’re rather informal: We have no auditions, and we don’t wear choir robes.


DUMC Choir is open to all who are interested.  Rehearsals will be rigorous but never joyless, and the only requirements are commitment of your time to rehearse, and your receptive focus during our sessions.  On the Sundays that Choir performs in services, singers will be required to attend a review session in the sanctuary.  Depending on commitments of singers to education programs, these sessions will be held at either 9 or 10:00, TBD.
Rehearsals will be held on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm in the DUMC sanctuary.

About the Director

Thew Elliott, Dumbarton's minister of music ministry, returned to lead Dumbarton's music program in 2012 after a six-year absence. Thew attended Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Illinois, Spring Arbor University in Jackson, Michigan, and Western Michigan University. From 2000-2012, Thew taught drama and music and coached cross-country and track/field at the Edmund Burke School in Washington. Thew has also been a service musician at Temple Micah and Temple Emanuel, and the experience has deepened the spirituality that has always been a hallmark of Thew’s music. 

Thew directs Dumbarton’s choir, which performs once about every three weeks but more often during Advent and Lent. The chorus sings a wide variety of material, ranging from traditional religious pieces and gospel to world music and modern material. Among recent Advent songs, directed by previous director Rick Latterell, were “Heleluyan,” “How Can I Keep from Singing?” “Elijah Rock,” “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” and “Magnificat.”