Chapel Choir

Chapel ChoirThe Chapel Choir has a rich history at First United Methodist Church. Since 1960, this choir led Sunday worship at the 9:30 Sunday morning service during the school year. They now collaborate with other choirs during the 10:00 a.m. service. The Chapel Choir is open to all high school youth regardless of musical abilities or background. You can start at any time throughout the year! 

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 2020 tour was suspended due to the coronovirus pandemic and will likely not take place in 2022. 

Choir members practice Sunday morning after the 10:00 a.m. worship service in preparation for concerts. 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 typically rehearses on Sundays from 11:15 to 12:00 p.m.

Choir Director: 
Nick Loos, Director
Accompanist: 
Kevin Zehme
Rehearsal Time: 
Sundays, 11:30pm to 12:15pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Chapel Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 10:00am
Sunday, October 3, 2021 - 10:00am
Sunday, October 10, 2021 - 10:00am
Sunday, October 17, 2021 - 10:00am
Sunday, October 24, 2021 - 10:00am
Sunday, October 31, 2021 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 21, 2021 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 21, 2021 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 28, 2021 - 10:00am
Sunday, December 5, 2021 - 10:00am
Sunday, January 9, 2022 - 10:00am
Sunday, January 16, 2022 - 10:00am
Sunday, January 23, 2022 - 10:00am
Rehearsal Schedule: 
Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun May 29 2022 except Sun Apr 17 2022.

News and Events

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.

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!

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