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 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.

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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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