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 44 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 2018 tour will take place March 24, 2019 to March 30, 2019. The choir will be traveling to Dallas, Texas this year.

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

Caroling Around the World – The Christmas Cantata

Caroling Around the World

Gather your friends and families and come enjoy the Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata, Caroling Around the World, this Sunday, December 2.

We open our hearts to familiar and new carols from 20 countries featuring vocal and instrumental soloists with the Chancel Choir.

Rev. John Smoke, our Christian Education Director, will lead the global tour for children, and projection designs will enhance our music without borders.

The 55-voice Chancel Choir is conducted by Ms. Diane Hires.

Welcome Our New Chapel Choir Director

We are very thankful that Nick Loos, a gifted musician and educator, has accepted the offer to serve as Chapel Choir Director starting this school year. You will soon see him directing the Choir at our 9:30 a.m. worship service.

Nick is a 2011 graduate of North Central College who has been a music teacher at several elementary, junior and high schools. He is currently responsible for the music program at Field Elementary School in Wheeling, IL. Nick loves music, choral directing and working with youth.

Nick cherishes this opportunity to lead our Chapel Choir. You may recognize Nick as he has sung in several cantatas with the Chancel Choir as a guest singer. Please welcome Nick when you see him!

DGFUMC Choirs are starting soon!

The Choirs Are Coming! The Choirs Are Coming!

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.

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