Chancel Choir

Chancel Choir Spring Cantata

The Chancel Choir is the adult choir of the First United Methodist Church, Downers Grove. It provides music each week for the 11:00am service and performs two cantatas each year at Christmas and in the spring. New members are most cordially invited!

The Chancel Choir goals are to:

  • Provide music for Christ-centered worship that stimulates the hearts and minds of singers and congregation.
  • Provide service opportunities for singers to give of their talents to the church community.
  • Include a variety of choral styles of quality choral literature which accommodate the talents and limitations of the choir membership.
  • Feature anthems and responses that address sermon themes and liturgical seasons.
  • Provide two special services (cantatas and themed programs) annually.
  • Provide a supportive, friendly social community for choir members.
Age Range: 
Adult
Choir Director: 
Diane Hires
Accompanist: 
Pattie Barnes
Rehearsal Time: 
Beginning September 8, 2016 - Thursdays, 7:30pm to 9:10pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 10:00am
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 11:00am
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 11:00am
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 10:00am
Rehearsal Schedule: 
Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu May 18 2017 except Thu Nov 24 2016, Thu Dec 29 2016, Thu Jan 05 2017.

News and Events

Chancel Choir Welcome Social And First Rehearsal

The season kick off for the Chancel Choir, our church's adult choir.

Date: 
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 7:00pm

Chancel Choir Spring Cantata - Gospel Mass

Sunday, April 19
9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services

Gospel Mass, a highly acclaimed piece written by midwestern composer Robert Ray and performed throughout the U.S. and abroad, will feature the Chancel Choir, a three piece combo, and guest soloists Jasondra Johnson and James Earl Jones II. Both Jasondra and James Earl have grown up with gospel and are well known today in the Chicago music theatre scene. Plan to join us as we expand our culture in a joyous Gospel celebration!

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata - Stella Natalis

Sunday, December 14
9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services

The Chancel Choir will present an unusual and enticing piece entitled STELLA NATALIS by British composer Karl Jenkins, on Sunday, December 14 at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. The 12 parts of Stella Natalis (“star of birth”) celebrate different aspects of Christmastide - winter, the sleeping child, tidings of peace, thanksgiving - with wide ranging texts which take the listener on surprising journeys to childhood, seasons past, and anticipation of Christmas times to come. Jenkins, one of the most prolific, popular and performed composers in the world today, uses musical ideas and texts which suggest a "Star Wars" world turned toward the spiritual.

The cantata includes Downers Grove First United Methodist Church's fine Chancel Choir under the direction of Diane Hires and accompanied by Pattie Barnes. The orchestra features virtuoso trumpet (Tom Tait), string orchestra and two percussionists.

Please plan to attend one of these inspiring services with family and friends to celebrate joys of the Christmas season together.

Chancel Choir Cantata

Sunday, March 23 - 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Worship Services

The Chancel Choir, along with an assortment of bluegrass instrumentalists, will present The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass by Carol Barnett. This music program blends bluegrass and classical in a lively and inspirational way. Please bring friends and family and plan to make this special service a part of your Lenten experience.

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 9:30am

Choirs resume in the New Year

Our choirs will resume their weekly rehearsals the week of January 6. If you're thinking about joining or bringing your child to choir, now is a great time! They will all be starting new music with the new year. So please join...or...welcome back!

All the children's choirs and Chapel Choir resume on Wednesday, January 8. The Chancel Choir will resume on Thursday, January 9.

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