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

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

Sing Into Spring!

Singers who want to join the Chancel Choir Spring Cantata should plan to attend rehearsals at 8:30pm, beginning on Thursday, February 23rd.

The cantata program will include "A Little Jazz Mass" by Bob Chilcott and "Songs of Faith" by Paul Basler.

Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve Services

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 4:00pm

Christmas Cantata

Christmas Cantata 2011

The Chancel Choir of the First United Methodist Church presents Ralph Vaughan Williams' cantata Hodie (This Day) at the 9:30am and 11:00am services on Sunday, December 4. This is  Vaughan Williams' last major choral work, a vivid setting of the Nativity story interwoven with Christmas poetry by Milton, Hardy, and George Herbert. The music encompasses a wide variety of styles, from serene mysticism and pastoral solos to thrilling brass fanfares and choral climaxes. The work, which was composed for the Three Choirs Festival in England and premiered in Worcester Cathedral in 1954, will be performed by our 65-voice choir and soloists accompanied by full orchestra, all led by Diane Hires.

Please plan a morning with family and friends to celebrate Advent Season and splendid music together. 

Location: 
First United Methodist Church Sanctuary
Date: 
Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 9:30am

175th Anniversary Church Choir Festival

Church Choir Festival

Choirs from First Congregational United Church of Christ, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, will join with our own Chancel Choir to present an evening of choral and organ music. Choirs from each church will sing their own favorite anthems, organists will present selections, and all choirs will join their voices in two massed anthems, “Fairest Lord Jesus” arranged by Mark Hayes and “The Promise of Living” by Aaron Copland.

Plan to be a part of the audience to welcome your friends in these guest choirs and to celebrate the strong music tradition of the Downers Grove area and the 175th Anniversary of our own church.

This choir festival, hosted by other churches in past years, is the first hosted by FUMC. The concert will begin at 7:30 in the Sanctuary and a Reception will follow.

Location: 
DGFUMC - Sanctuary
Date: 
Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 7:30pm

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