Music Ministry

The Music Ministry seeks to minister to all through artistic expressions exhibiting the character of Christ. It is a vital part of the worship experience and provides a creative space for people to utilize their God-given talents.
The Music Ministry embraces a blended, sacred music style that includes praise songs, gospel, spirituals, hymns, anthems, jazz, and classical. The ministry also includes liturgical dance. People of all experience levels are welcome to join the Music Ministry at any time. No prior singing or dance experience is required.

Celebrating Over 150 Years of the Music Ministry
—Since 1870—
at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church

The Minister of Music
Brother Kenneth Howard Peagler serves as minister of music and oversees the choirs, liturgical dance groups, musicians, and other performing arts.

Choirs & Liturgical Dance Groups
The Virtual Music Ministry
Due to limits on in-person gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Music Ministry meets virtually to connect, rehearse, and create video performances for live-streamed worship services. Contact the coordinators below for schedules and access information.

The Praise and Worship Team
The four-member Praise and Worship Team was formed in response to pandemic restrictions. The group provides music from the sanctuary during live-streamed worship services.

The Mass Choir
Directors, Sister Rhonda Glaudé and Sister Siera Toney.
The Mass Choir provides music for the 10 a.m. worship service on the first through fourth Sundays.

The Male Chorus
Director, Leonard Higgs
The Male Chorus provides music for the 10 a.m. worship service on fifth Sundays.

The Kandelite Choir
Director, Deacon Deborah Crain Kemp
The Kandelite Choir is the Music Ministry’s children’s choir and provides music during worship services on certain Sundays.

The Comfort and Care Choir
Director, Brother Kenneth Peagler
The Comfort and Care Choir provides music during funeral and memorial services.

The Liturgical Dance Ministry—Women
Coordinators, Sister Karen Sidney-Drumgold and Rev. Lorise White Wolfe

The Liturgical Dance Ministry—Youth & Young Adults
Coordinators, Sister Taylor Weldon and Sister Milan Wolfe

History of the Music Ministry
The Nineteenth Street Music Ministry dates back to 1870. Our choirs became well known early on for their repertoire of anthems, hymns, Negro spirituals, and classical music, with the Senior Choir singing at the White House in 1976. By the 1960s, the ministry had expanded its repertoire to include gospel music. In 2000, it expanded further to include liturgical dance. The one constant throughout its history has been bringing the beauty, joy, and comfort of the sacred musical arts to all.

Contact Information
If you are interested in joining a choir, contact:
Minister of Music Kenneth Peagler or 202-829-2773, ext. 110
If interested in joining a liturgical dance group, contact: Sister Milan Wolfe,