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 7, 2017 - Thursdays, 7:30pm to 9:10pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 9:00pm
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:00am
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 10:00am
Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 10:00am
Rehearsal Schedule: 
Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu May 17 2018 except Thu Nov 23 2017, Thu Dec 28 2017, Thu Jan 04 2018.

News and Events

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.

Choirs have begun!

We had an exciting children's choirs first rehearsal and registration last Wednesday, Sept. 12th. With the Sweet Repeat set up going on we had registation in the Open Door. It was fun to see so many faces full of surprise and wonder at our inviting, spacious, modern Open Door. Maybe we should have registration in there every year so we can show off the space available to our future junior high and high school youth!  Seventy-six children have been registered to sing in our choirs! Woo-hoo!

Chancel Choir Welcome Fellowship and First Rehearsal

Thursday, Sept. 6 - 7:00 p.m. - On the porch (if weather permits otherwise in Fellowship Hall)

Location: 
Porch then Fellowship Hall
Date: 
Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 7:00pm

Join A Choir!

“Learning to Walk with Christ Daily” -- Through Music!

DGFUMC choir rehearsals are starting up so join for the first time or come on back! After a summer of Special Music during worship, organized by Pattie Barnes and provided by many talented, generous musicians, our regular services will once again begin on Rally Day, Sept. 9. Regular worship services also means CHOIRS! Choirs mean choir members! There is a choir for you!

Registration and rehearsal information packets have gone out to all church families. Please call the church office if you do not receive one. Or check the website: www.dgfumc.org for current information.

Chapel Choir (High School) – The first rehearsal is Wednesday, August 22nd at 7-8:45PM! Choir Kick Off Supper and Registration is on Wednesday, Aug. 29 – 6:30 pm at the Parsonage (In the Gym if it rains) - No need to sign up – just come! 

Chancel Choir (Adults) – We LOVE new singers! Want to join? Attend the first rehearsal – Thursday, Sept. 6 – 7:00 pm for Welcome Fellowship on the porch and then rehearsal in Fellowship Hall. Normal rehearsal time is 7:30 - 9:10 pm. Contact Diane Hires (DianeHires@ dgfumc.org), the director, for more information.

Children’s Choirs – There is a children’s choir for all children aged 3 through 8th grade. The first rehearsal and registration is Sept. 12.

Bell Choirs – We have two! Enjoy teamwork and musicianship thru ringing handbells. Call Pattie Barnes 630-953-0146 (bellhog@juno.com).

Is this YOUR year to Join a Choir?! Watch for upcoming musical celebrations of the Christmas season at our church!

A Little Jazz Cantata

A Little Jazz Cantata

Come hear our Chancel Choir as they present "A Little Jazz Mass" by Bob Chilcott, with a Jazz trio featuring Stuart Seale on piano, Tim Ipsen on bass, and Nils Hidgon on drums. They will also be performing "Songs of Faith" by Paul Basler, featuring Gary Greene on horn and Accompanist Pattie Barnes on piano.

The Cantata will be featured at both the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services.

Location: 
DGFUMC
Date: 
Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 9:30am

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