The performing arts at PAUMC has always been a strong part of our worship and has many facets, including a choir that sings music from a variety of repertoires, a wonderfully-restored three-manual Schantz pipe organ, and a number of special musical events spread throughout the year.


The choir, consisting of seven professional soloists and seven to ten talented and devoted volunteers, is the real centerpiece of our liturgical music. The choir sings at 11 am worship from “Homecoming Sunday,” which is generally the second or third Sunday of September, until the second Sunday of June. Our repertoire draws heavily on classical liturgical music by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Faure and Durufle, reflecting a long tradition at the church that owes a great deal to the impressive stewardship over many decades of the late Lyndon Woodside, former director of the Oratorio Society of New York. In addition, we also sing English cathedral music and African-American spirituals.

At each of our choir rehearsals, held on Sunday mornings, we work on music for the coming two Sunday services. Rehearsal with the full group begins at 9:30 a.m

Park Avenue Youth Theater 

The Park Avenue Youth Theater is an after school program that creates original theater projects throughout the school year and during summer breaks. Activities include: theater games and exercises, improvisations and skill building, scene development and rehearsal, critical reflection and discussion. The Park Avenue Youth Theater creates and performs original shows each session. The group will devise an original theater piece based on content areas that interest the group and will present it to the public.

Weekly sessions are held at Park Avenue United Methodist Church on Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:30pm during the school year for the youth theater (9 to 12 years old) and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30pm for the senior youth theater (13 to 16 years old).

For more information contact Liz Sweeney at

“My kids are loving theater – thanks for all your hard work. I have been thinking a lot about what you said about kids needing a non-school place where they don’t have to assume their usual identity and place in the school caste system. I think they both feel like they are freer in theater than anywhere else” – Parent of two PAYT participants
“Youth Theatre is important to me because I learn so much and can be myself, knowing for a fact that I won’t be judged by others. Theater has given me a new sense of purpose, and being in the company of such an amazing array of successful actors makes me proud to be a member of PAYT.” – PAYT Participant (13 years old)



Children’s Choir &  Handbell Choir

The Children’s Choir and Handbell Choir welcomes new members for the 2016 Winter/2017 Spring season!

Children of all ages and faith backgrounds to join us each Sunday at 12:15, to learn:

  • Songs & Hymns
  • Spirituals & Classical Music
  • Note Reading & Rhythm
  • Healthy Vocal Production

And to perform in services and concerts throughout the year!

No previous experience required.