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

Join A Choir!

“Learning to Walk with Christ Daily” -- Through Music!

DGFUMC choir rehearsals are starting up so join for the first time or come on back! After a summer of Special Music during worship, organized by Pattie Barnes and provided by many talented, generous musicians, our regular services will once again begin on Rally Day, Sept. 9. Regular worship services also means CHOIRS! Choirs mean choir members! There is a choir for you!

Registration and rehearsal information packets have gone out to all church families. Please call the church office if you do not receive one. Or check the website: www.dgfumc.org for current information.

Chapel Choir (High School) – The first rehearsal is Wednesday, August 22nd at 7-8:45PM! Choir Kick Off Supper and Registration is on Wednesday, Aug. 29 – 6:30 pm at the Parsonage (In the Gym if it rains) - No need to sign up – just come! 

Chancel Choir (Adults) – We LOVE new singers! Want to join? Attend the first rehearsal – Thursday, Sept. 6 – 7:00 pm for Welcome Fellowship on the porch and then rehearsal in Fellowship Hall. Normal rehearsal time is 7:30 - 9:10 pm. Contact Diane Hires (DianeHires@ dgfumc.org), the director, for more information.

Children’s Choirs – There is a children’s choir for all children aged 3 through 8th grade. The first rehearsal and registration is Sept. 12.

Bell Choirs – We have two! Enjoy teamwork and musicianship thru ringing handbells. Call Pattie Barnes 630-953-0146 (bellhog@juno.com).

Is this YOUR year to Join a Choir?! Watch for upcoming musical celebrations of the Christmas season at our church!

Housing Needed for Visiting Choirs

FUMC will be hosting two youth choirs this summer and host families will be needed for both. Chapel Choir members have enjoyed their experiences with host families during tour over the years, so now it's our turn to provide some hospitality.

The Celebration Singers and Ringers from Church of the Saviour UMC in Cincinatti will present a concert on Sunday, June 10. Overnight housing will be needed that evening for approximately 41 youth and 8 adults.

The Sonshine Choir from Brentwood (TN) UMC will be here Saturday, July 14. They will present a concert that evening and then sing at both worship services the following morning. Housing will be needed for approximately 100 youth.

We are currently looking for housing for the Celebration Singers and Ringers on June 10. If you have available beds please contact Katie Bartholomew or Don Dunham.

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