Chancel Choir

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.

Chancel Choir Cantata

Written in 1888, the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré is the most popular European cantata from this period. He wrote it “simply for the pleasure of it.” Fauré, encouraged by his teacher Saint-Saens to write in his own style, created lyrical melodies which are simple and compelling. He was organist at the prestigious Madeleine Church in Paris and served as a teacher of composition and director of the Paris Conservatory.

The Requiem will be performed by the 60-voice Chancel Choir under the direction of Diane Hires. Guest baritone Jeffrey Ray and our own Karen Owen will be the featured soloists. A chamber orchestra of 15 instrumentalists including organist Pattie Barnes will accompany the choir.

Date: 
Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 9:30am

Christmas Eve Services

Nativity Scene4:00pm Family Worship

A worship celebration especially geared for children, with music provided by the Chorister, Cherub and Angel Choirs.

7:00pm Communion & Candlelight Service

Music by the Connection Choir
Message by Pastor Greta McDonald

9:00pm Traditional Candlelight Service

Music by the Chancel Choir
Message by Pastor Jim McDonald

10:15pm Communion in the Chapel

11:00pm Traditional Candlelight Service

Music by the Chapel Choir
Message by Pastor Jim McDonald

Join us for a night of praise, prayer, and glorious music as we remember Christ's birth and our salvation. Bring your family, your guests and your neighbors as we prepare for Christmas day.

Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Friday, December 24, 2010 - 4:00pm

Chancel Choir Christmas Program

Waking Up To Christmas
Location: 
Sanctuary
Date: 
Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 9:30am

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
Rehearsal Time: 
Beginning September 4, 2019 - Thursdays, 7:30pm to 9:10pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sun, 09/08/2019 - 10:00
Sun, 09/15/2019 - 11:00
Sun, 09/22/2019 - 11:00
Sun, 09/29/2019 - 11:00
Sun, 10/06/2019 - 11:00
Sun, 10/13/2019 - 11:00
Sun, 10/20/2019 - 10:00
Sun, 10/27/2019 - 11:00
Sun, 11/03/2019 - 11:00
Sun, 11/10/2019 - 10:00
Sun, 11/17/2019 - 11:00
Sun, 11/24/2019 - 11:00
Sun, 12/01/2019 - 11:00
Sun, 12/08/2019 - 09:30
Sun, 12/08/2019 - 11:00
Sun, 12/15/2019 - 11:00
Tue, 12/24/2019 - 21:00
Sun, 01/12/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 01/19/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 01/26/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 02/02/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 02/09/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 02/16/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 02/23/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 03/01/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 03/08/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 03/15/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 03/29/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 04/05/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 04/12/2020 - 09:30
Sun, 04/12/2020 - 11:00
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 05/03/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 05/10/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 10:00
Sun, 05/19/2019 - 10:00
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 10:00

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