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

Welcome to our newest Music Staff Member!

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new music staff member. Michael Oldham has agreed to share his talents and musical training serving as our Chapel Choir Accompanist. He brings a variety of skills and experiences evidenced in his audition and recommendations. In addition to working part-time with our Chapel Choir Director, Chad Goetz as the choir piano accompanist as Lockport High School. Michael also accompanies Reed-Custer High and Middle Schools school choir concerts, solo/ensemble contests, musical pit orchestras, and is an accomplished composer and music teacher. We are blessed to have Michael and know he will be a wonderful addition to our music staff! Welcome to DGFUMC, Michael!

Chapel Choir Accompanist Position Available

Applications are now being accepted for the staff position of Chapel Choir Accompanist. If you or anyone you know are interested please send your resume to either Andi or Sharon. A job description is available below, or call (630.968.7120), or stop by the church office.

Youth Group on Instagram

Chapel Choir Tour BusYou can now follow the tour with photos on Instagram. We have our own page for the DGFUMC Youth Group.

Grant has already uploaded pictures from our first day in Carbondale and our second in Walls, Mississipi, taking in Graceland on the way.

Day 2 Choir Tour

At the end of Day 2, we recall a multitude of accomplishments that we did not foresee.   Our bus driver received the nickname, Mr. Wonderful, a few years ago from another choir ensemble.  They were traveling in the New England area during a series of winter snowstorms, Jeff made them a promise that they would not have to have to suffer walking through a storm while dressed in their long black gowns.  The week of storms took pause each time they gave their concerts.   Mr. Wonderful travels took us through 5 different states and some heavy rain storms.  Just as his name promised, the rains would stop for each of our travel and lunch breaks.

Day 1 Choir Tour

Kick off at DGFUMC with introduction of bus driver Jeff, goodbyes to family and blessing of the tour by Katie Kiss.  All the luggage, equipment and food were packed on the bus for departure at 6 AM.  We toured Southern Illinois University campus upon arrival in Carbondale.  Dinner was provided by members of the Carbondale United Methodist Church.  They served the world’s best smoked barbeque baked beans, pulled pork, salad and many fresh vegetables.  Red velvet cake and brownies were served to celebrate birthdays for Kelsey, Leah, Luke and Rebecca.  Then we left with our host families and had a great time. I know from my first experience that the families were fantastic.  I slept well and woke up to eggs and bacon.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  The church showed us great hospitality and we all are truly grateful to be a part of their service this morning.

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