Chancel Choir

Chancel Choir Cantata

A time for reflection and meditation...

Make plans to attend a presentation of Fauré’s Requiem by the Chancel Choir and guest chamber orchestra for their annual spring Cantata on Sunday, April 7 at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services. Faure’s gift for ethereal beauty has made this piece universally popular.

Featured soloists will be guest baritone Evan Tyrone Martin and soprano Jamie Calandriello. An offertory trio will feature Andrew Hesse, cello, Molly Hesse, violin, and Julie Spring, harp.

Please invite family members and friends to join you for this experience. They will be glad you did.

Christmas Eve Services

Please join us for our services on Monday, December 24:

4:00 p.m. - Family Worship

A worship celebration specially geared for children, with music provided by the Children's Choirs. Rev. John Smoke will share the message.

7:00 p.m. - Family Service with Communion

A family worship service featuring the Connection Choir. We will share in Christmas Eve communion as well as a candlelight carol-sing. The message will be given by Rev. Wesley Dorr, our Pastor of Youth Ministries.

9:00 p.m. - Traditional Candlelight Service

A traditional Christmas Eve service with the Chancel Choir and a candlelight carol-sing.

10:15 - 10:45 p.m. Come & Go Communion

Christmas Eve communion, served by Pastor Claude and Pastor Anna, in a come-and-go style in the Chapel.

11:00 p.m. - Traditional Candlelight Service

A traditional Christmas Eve service featuring the Chapel Choir and a carol-sing to greet the first moments of Christmas morning.

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.

Chancel Choir Fellowship and First Rehearsal

Do you love to sing?

Join the Chancel Choir! First rehearsal and fellowship time are Thursday, Sept. 6 - 7:00 - Fellowship, 7:30 - Rehearsal

The choir would love to have new members so please join!

Date: 
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 7:00pm

Chancel Choir Cantata

On Sunday, April 15, the Chancel Choir will present their annual spring cantata. This year, they will perform The Holy Spirit Mass: Together in Hope, a wonderful choral work by the internationally renowned Norwegian composer, Kim André Arnesen, who writes music that combines touching simplicity with majestic power. The choir will be accompanied by a 17-piece string orchestra and guest singers.

The work was commissioned to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation as an ecumenical offering drawing on both the traditional Latin mass and Lutheran musical heritage. Its first performance was at an interfaith concert by the National Lutheran Choir in Washington DC last year, so this is an exciting opportunity to hear a major new choral piece within a year of its world première.

Please invite your family and friends to experience this musical celebration of our faith at both the 9:30 and 11:00am services.

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata - Glad Tidings

Gather your friends and family who like to sing and come enjoy the Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 3. The service will feature our favorite carols in lush symphonic arrangements by Randol Alan Bass and will have opportunities for the congregation to join us in song.

John Smoke, our Christian Education Director, will narrate the Christmas story for children of all ages as told in these cherished carols. The service will also feature carol inspired, real-time visual art created by Jocelyn Danalewich.

The 55-voice Chancel Choir and 24-piece guest orchestra will be conducted by Ms. Diane Hires.

As a start to the Advent season,
Oh, come, let us adore him!

DGFUMC Choirs are starting soon!

The Choirs Are Coming! The Choirs Are Coming!

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata - A Carol Trip Around the World

On December 4, the Chancel Choir will present their annual Christmas Cantata. The choir will perform 20 carols from countries across the globe and will include a visual presentation to serve as a road map on this Christmas journey.

Along the way, they will be joined by some of our children's choirs for a rousing Christmas carol. John Smoke will act as guide for both children and adults as we take A Carol Trip Around the World. We hope you will join us!

A Sunday Morning with Alice Parker

DGFUMC is hosting international choral celebrity, Alice Parker, the woman who shaped the face of choral music in America, and who will lead the congregation in discovering the beauty in hymn singing on Sunday, November 6 at our 11:00 a.m. worship service. She will build the musicality of each and every person present; and this service is one you will remember for years to come. At 90 years old, Mrs. Parker is making her victory lap, and this trip to the Midwest is to be one of her last out of her home state of Massachusetts.

Join us as we learn from this internationally renowned composer, conductor and teacher, as she leads the congregation in a Community Sing Service featuring beloved hymns both old and new. 

Please invite your friends and neighbors to a special morning of singing.

All Are Welcome!

Chancel Choir Spring Cantata - Sunrise Mass

The Chancel Choir will be presenting an evocative contemporary cantata, Sunrise Mass, by Norwegian-American Ola Gjeilo on Sunday, April 17 at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services. Gjeilo, widely regarded as an important new composer, has created “a most beautiful and satisfying music for our time, a beacon of hope in the world.” 

The four movements of the piece - The Spheres, Sunrise, The City, and Identity & The Ground - move from transparent and celestial to emotional and dramatic. Projection designs will enhance the listener’s experience. This young composer intends Sunrise Mass to be “a metaphor for human development from child to maturity and a spiritual journey.”

We hope you will join us for this unique and moving musical experience!

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