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 6, 2018 - Thursdays, 7:30pm to 9:10pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 10:00am
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 11:00am
Monday, December 24, 2018 - 9:00pm
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 10:00am
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 10:00am
Rehearsal Schedule: 
Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu May 16 2019 except Thu Nov 22 2018, Thu Dec 27 2018, Thu Jan 03 2019. Also includes Tue Nov 20 2018.

News and Events

Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve Services

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 4:00pm

Christmas Cantata

Christmas Cantata 2011

The Chancel Choir of the First United Methodist Church presents Ralph Vaughan Williams' cantata Hodie (This Day) at the 9:30am and 11:00am services on Sunday, December 4. This is  Vaughan Williams' last major choral work, a vivid setting of the Nativity story interwoven with Christmas poetry by Milton, Hardy, and George Herbert. The music encompasses a wide variety of styles, from serene mysticism and pastoral solos to thrilling brass fanfares and choral climaxes. The work, which was composed for the Three Choirs Festival in England and premiered in Worcester Cathedral in 1954, will be performed by our 65-voice choir and soloists accompanied by full orchestra, all led by Diane Hires.

Please plan a morning with family and friends to celebrate Advent Season and splendid music together. 

Location: 
First United Methodist Church Sanctuary
Date: 
Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 9:30am

175th Anniversary Church Choir Festival

Church Choir Festival

Choirs from First Congregational United Church of Christ, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, will join with our own Chancel Choir to present an evening of choral and organ music. Choirs from each church will sing their own favorite anthems, organists will present selections, and all choirs will join their voices in two massed anthems, “Fairest Lord Jesus” arranged by Mark Hayes and “The Promise of Living” by Aaron Copland.

Plan to be a part of the audience to welcome your friends in these guest choirs and to celebrate the strong music tradition of the Downers Grove area and the 175th Anniversary of our own church.

This choir festival, hosted by other churches in past years, is the first hosted by FUMC. The concert will begin at 7:30 in the Sanctuary and a Reception will follow.

Location: 
DGFUMC - Sanctuary
Date: 
Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 7:30pm

Choir Dedication Sunday

Angel, Cherub, Chorister, Connection, Chapel and Chancel choirs will all join voices in the 9:30 and 11:00 services for Choir Dedication Sunday. Choir members and parents will receive specific instructions from their directors regarding rehearsals. Please come to celebrate the wonderful music legacy we enjoy in our church. Combined choirs will be featured on “How Can I Keep From Singing”, arranged by Gwyneth Walker, and Chapel and Chancel choirs will join efforts on “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Giulio Caccini.

Date: 
Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 9:30am

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.

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