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

Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve Services

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. 

First United Methodist Church Sanctuary
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.

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

Choir Dedication Sunday

Angel, Cherub, Chorister, Connection, Chapel and Chancel choirs will all join voices in the 9:30 and 11:00 services for Choir Dedication Sunday. Choir members and parents will receive specific instructions from their directors regarding rehearsals. Please come to celebrate the wonderful music legacy we enjoy in our church. Combined choirs will be featured on “How Can I Keep From Singing”, arranged by Gwyneth Walker, and Chapel and Chancel choirs will join efforts on “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Giulio Caccini.

Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 9:30am

Chancel Choir First Rehearsal

Add your Chancel Choir!

The choir membership is ever changing, and we are looking for new voices. Few are soloists, but many lend their voice and dedicated participation. Want to join us? Attend the first rehearsal on Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 pm, and contact Diane Hires, our director, for more information.


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