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: 
Choir Director: 
Diane Hires
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

Ain'a That Good News! The Voice of Spirituals

Chancel Choir Christmas ConcertOn Sunday, December 15, the Chancel Choir will present a program of most beloved spirituals at the 9:30 and 11am services. Hear soloists, chorus and congregation trace our spiritual journeys. Musical themes include Sanctuary, Freedom and Deliverance, Witness and The Coming of the Birth of Christ.

Please plan to make this special service a part of your Advent experience, and bring other music lovers!

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 9:30am

Chancel Choir Cantata - John Rutter's "Psalmfest"

PsalmfestThe Chancel Choir will be presenting Psalmfest by John Rutter with a special guest orchestra ensemble on Sunday, April 21 at the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services. This cantata contains psalm settings written by Rutter over a twenty year period, with the addition of two settings written especially for this work. They contain some of Rutter's most attractive music, with a mix of rhythmic vitality and melodic beauty, finishing with a sparkling rendition of Psalm 148.

This presentation provides an ideal time to invite family and friends to visit our church and enjoy the beautiful sounds of choir and orchestra.

Do You See What I See? - A Family Service

Advent - our time of waiting and preparing for the birth of Christ - is celebrated by our lighting candles of the Advent wreath during the first four Sundays in December. This year, we look forward to a special service at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Family Services on December 2, "Do You See What I See?" prepared by the Children and Family Ministries and the Chancel Choir. Carols, stories, and gifts for the children will light our way to the true meanings of our journey to the manger.

Everyone is encouraged to bring gifts of food, which the children will proudly deliver to the stable for a People's Resource Center offering.

With music and meditations for all, the whole church family is invited to share in this service as we welcome the Advent season.

Choir Dedication Sunday

Music for worshipOctober 28th - 9:30 & 11:00 Worship Services

Angel, Cherub, Chorister, Connection, Chapel and Chancel Choirs will be singing!

Bells will be ringing!

Please come and enjoy a wonderful service filled with music

IL-ACDA Community/Church Honor Choir

On Saturday, October 20th, several Chancel Choir members attended the Illinois-American Choir Directors’ Association Community/Church Honor Choir held at North Central College in Naperville, IL. The program included 3 hours of rehearsal on Friday evening, 4 hours on Saturday, and concluded with a concert on Saturday at Wentz Hall on the campus of North Central College.

Our Chancel Choir was represented by Melinda Bergstrom, Pennie Crinion, Bill Crowther, Allen DeBraal, Sally DeBraal, Scott Hudson, Jim McDonald, Karen Owen, Jamie Postlewait, and Dave Sandfort. Our own Brett Goad served as Conference Chair for this event, and is very active in the IL ACDA, having served as president of the board last year. The director of the Honor Choir was Paul Rardin, Director of Choral Activities at Temple University and a wonderfully creative and talented director, whom all enjoyed very much. The repertoire was varied and wonderful, from Mendelssohn to "Camptown Races".

Thank you and congratulations to our church choir members who well-represented our church and Chancel Choir and I’m sure had a great time while learning wonderful music and making new friendships.


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