Dumbarton United Methodist Church has named Chris Urquiaga, artistic director of the Congressional Chorus, as its director of music ministry.

Urquiaga has broad experience in Washington music, having served as artist in residence at both Signature Theater in Arlington and Strathmore in North Bethesda.  He has performed as a singer and pianist at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley and at the Hispanic swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol in 2019. He also performed at the 50th anniversary ceremony of the March on Washington at the White House in 2013.

He composed, arranged, recorded and produced original music for solo albums "Complete" & "I'm Here" which features all original music in English, Spanish & Portuguese. A video of Urquiaga’s recent virtual concert with the Congressional Chorus can be seen here:

Urquiaga holds a B.A. in music and composition at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

The Rev. Rachel Cornwell, Dumbarton’s pastor, says: "We are so excited to welcome Chris to our congregation!  His diverse gifts as a musician, vocalist, composer and conductor will deeply enrich our worship life.  Chris brings a great combination of talent, energy and experience."

He replaces Andrew J. Welch, who recently took a position as music director at Allin Congregational Church in Dedham, Mass.

Dumbarton United Methodist Church, at 3133 Dumbarton St. in Georgetown, is the oldest Methodist congregation in what is now Washington, formed in 1772. It is noted for its support for many progressive social causes.

“Upon reading about Dumbarton's mission for social justice, I was immediately drawn in,” says Urquiaga. Beyond having a very talented congregation, it's apparent that Dumbarton also has a community filled with good-hearted and conscious people ready to fight for the good cause.”

Before the pnademic, he choir rehearsed on Thursday nights, brushing up on anthems on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. Expect a choir piece at the service about every other Sunday in season. Since the pandemic, the chorus has met online every week and has performed several virtual choir pieces.

A video of the choir's Veni Veni Emmanuel, performed in Dec. 2018, can be found here.

And a recording of "O Love" in March 2019 can be found here.