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 48 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 2019 tour will take place March 23 to March 30, 2019. The choir will be traveling to Dallas, Texas this year. Sponsor a Bus Seat for $25 using this form. 

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: 
Nick Loos, Director
Accompanist: 
Kevin Zehme
Rehearsal Time: 
Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 10:00am
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 9:30am
Monday, December 24, 2018 - 11:00pm
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 10:00am
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 4:00pm
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 4:00pm
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 8:00am
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 10:00am
Rehearsal Schedule: 
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed May 15 2019 except Wed Nov 21 2018, Wed Dec 19 2018, Wed Dec 26 2018, Wed Jan 02 2019, Wed Mar 27 2019.

News and Events

Hosts Needed for Visiting Choir

Revelation ChoirHome stays with host families have always been an important part of Chapel Choir tours. It has also allowed us to keep tour fees reasonable and for our youth to interact with members of other congregations. Now it's our turn. On Tuesday, June 14, our church will host the Revelation Choir from Custer Road UMC in Plano, TX. We need help with dinner preparation, housing and attendance for their concert. So far, only seven families have offered beds for the nights. Please contact Don Dunham (630-968-7120 x 210) if you are willing to assist or want more details.

40th Annual Chapel Choir Tour

The Chapel Choir started their 40th Annual Spring Break Tour on Sunday evening at Gary Memorial UMC in Wheaton. It was a great night. The youth group at Gary Church greeted us warmly with a pizza dinner. They sat at table with our students and strangers became friends. It felt like we were really on tour.

On Saturday, March 26 we will pack two 45 passenger motor coaches, the technical term for buses, and head east!

  • First stop the University of Michigan for lunch and tee shirts. Then to the Pontiac MI area, a concert at Waterford Central UMC Saturday evening.
  • Worship at both Grace & Peace UMC and Four Towns UMCs on Sunday and an afternoon at the Henry Ford Museum.
  • Monday we cross the border at Sarnia ON, Lunch in London and singing at St Paul’s United Church in Oakville ON.
  • Tuesday we play in Niagara Falls.
  • Wednesday we arrive in Toronto for a concert at Humber Valley United Church.
  • For years, the choir has wanted a beach, so on Thursday we’ll goback to Niagara Falls and spend the morning at an indoor water park. A concert at First Baptist Church of London ON Thursday evening will be our last in Canada.
  • On Friday, we enter the USA at Port Huron MI. Our last tour concert will be at First UMC Birmingham MI.

Watch for updates on the DGFUMC web site!!

Come see the Chapel Choir perform their tour concert here at home on Sunday, April 3 at 4:00pm and 7:00pm.

Housing Needed For Visiting Youth Choir

The saying is that everything is bigger in Texas and the Custer Road UMC Revelation Choir is a great example. The 125-member high school choir will present a concert in our sanctuary on Tuesday, June 14 and we are soliciting housing for as many of the youth and their chaperones as possible. While they are prepared to roll out sleeping bags on the gym floor and use our showers if necessary, we would like to provide homes for as many of their group as possible. Home stays have always been a memorable part of our Chapel Choir tours. Host families will need to provide breakfast on the 15th. Please check your calendar and contact Don Dunham regarding how many youth you are willing to host, if you have pets and whether you have a gender or age preference.

Pre Tour Reminder

The Chapel Choir Pre Tour concert is this Sunday, March 20 at Gary Memorial UMC in Wheaton IL. The concert is set for 7:00 pm. We hope to see you there!!!

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