Chapel Choir

Chapel ChoirThe Chapel Choir has a rich history at First United Methodist Church. It has led Sunday worship at the 9:30 Sunday morning service during the school year since 1960. It is open to all high school youth regardless of musical abilities or background.

For the past 43 years, the choir has participated on a week-long Spring Break musical trip spreading God’s message in words and song to congregations throughout North America, including such places as New York City, Boston, Denver, St. Simon’s Island, Memphis, Pensacola, Nashville, Toronto, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, Ft. Worth, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Wilmington, and many communities in between. The 2017 tour will take place March 26, 2017 - April 1, 2017.

Choir members practice Sunday morning after the 9:30 worship service as well as Wednesday night in preparation of their Christmas Concert and choir tour. Members also give their time through fundraising and mission trip activities at church. The youth are actively involved at their schools in athletics, speech, band, choir, dance, and many clubs.

The Chapel Choir goals are to:

  • Share our faith in Jesus Christ through our music and our actions.
  • Learn to participate in the leading of a Worship Service.
  • Grow in our music skills through our rehearsal and performance schedule.
  • Develop new relationships within our own group
  • Learn to participate in and contribute to a large, diversified group.

The Chapel Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 8:15pm.

Choir Director: 
Joy Belt-Roselieb, Director
Accompanist: 
Kevin Zehme
Rehearsal Time: 
Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 10:00am
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 4:00pm
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 7:00pm
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 8:00am
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 10:00am
Rehearsal Schedule: 
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed May 24 2017 except Wed Nov 23 2016, Wed Dec 21 2016, Wed Dec 28 2016, Wed Mar 29 2017.

News and Events

Sponsor a Chapel Choir Tour Bus Seat Today!

The 44th Annual Chapel Choir Tour will take place March 28-April 4, DESTINATION - PENSACOLA. You can help choir members cover some tour expenses by Sponsoring a Bus Seat for $25. The cost of transportation is one of the largest line items in the tour budget, so offsetting some of the cost through seat sponsorships helps reduce the individual tour fee for choir members.

You can direct your sponsorship to a particular student or have it applied to
the tour fund. Please complete the form below and drop it off in the church office. Make checks payable to DGFUMC and write ‘Bus Seat Sponsorship’ on the memo line. 

Thank you for your support!

Welcome Our New Staff

Kevin Zehme joined Downers Grove First United Methodist Church in the fall of 2014. Kevin has played professionally for 32 years. He held his first church organist position at the age of 16. Kevin studied at Concordia University in River Forest, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Performance degree. Since then, Kevin has performed in many venues and churches. He currently enjoys being the organist/pianist for the 8:15 service here at DGFUMC, accompanist for the Chapel Choir and playing gigs in a restaurant on weekends.

Chapel Choir Home Concerts

Chapel Choir Tour Home Concerts
Sunday, June 22
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
4:00 p.m. Concert

Please join us this Sunday as we welcome home the Chapel Choir from the 2014 Choir Tour at one of these two home concerts. Please note the 9:30 service takes the place of both the 8:30 and 10:00 morning services.

Help Chapel Choir Reach the Beach!


Give Now

The 43rd Annual Chapel Choir Tour will take place June 12-20 with a destination of Myrtle Beach, SC. You are invited to help the choir Reach the Beach by sponsoring a bus seat for $25. You can direct your sponsorship to a particular student or have it applied to the tour fund.

Just click on the "Give Now" button, or make checks payable to DGFUMC and write Bus Seat Sponsorship on the memo line. 

Thank you for your support of this program!

Choirs resume in the New Year

Our choirs will resume their weekly rehearsals the week of January 6. If you're thinking about joining or bringing your child to choir, now is a great time! They will all be starting new music with the new year. So please join...or...welcome back!

All the children's choirs and Chapel Choir resume on Wednesday, January 8. The Chancel Choir will resume on Thursday, January 9.

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