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

Chancel Choir First Rehearsal

Add your Voice...to 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 7 at 7:00 pm on the Breezeway for Fellowship, followed by reheasal at 7:30 in Fellowship Hall. We would love to have you join us! Please contact Andi Kinsella - andi@dgfumc.org for more information.

Chancel Choir Cantata

Written in 1888, the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré is the most popular European cantata from this period. He wrote it “simply for the pleasure of it.” Fauré, encouraged by his teacher Saint-Saens to write in his own style, created lyrical melodies which are simple and compelling. He was organist at the prestigious Madeleine Church in Paris and served as a teacher of composition and director of the Paris Conservatory.

The Requiem will be performed by the 60-voice Chancel Choir under the direction of Diane Hires. Guest baritone Jeffrey Ray and our own Karen Owen will be the featured soloists. A chamber orchestra of 15 instrumentalists including organist Pattie Barnes will accompany the choir.

Date: 
Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 9:30am

Christmas Eve Services

Nativity Scene4:00pm Family Worship

A worship celebration especially geared for children, with music provided by the Chorister, Cherub and Angel Choirs.

7:00pm Communion & Candlelight Service

Music by the Connection Choir
Message by Pastor Greta McDonald

9:00pm Traditional Candlelight Service

Music by the Chancel Choir
Message by Pastor Jim McDonald

10:15pm Communion in the Chapel

11:00pm Traditional Candlelight Service

Music by the Chapel Choir
Message by Pastor Jim McDonald

Join us for a night of praise, prayer, and glorious music as we remember Christ's birth and our salvation. Bring your family, your guests and your neighbors as we prepare for Christmas day.

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Friday, December 24, 2010 - 4:00pm

Chancel Choir Christmas Program

Waking Up To Christmas
Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 9:30am

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