DGFUMC Music

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 7, 2017 - Thursdays, 7:30pm to 9:10pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sun, 09/10/2017 - 10:00
Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 09/24/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 10/01/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 10/08/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 10/15/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 10/22/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 10/30/2016 - 10:00
Sun, 11/06/2016 - 11:00
Sun, 11/05/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 11/12/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 11/19/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 11/26/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 12/03/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 12/03/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 12/17/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 12/24/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 12/24/2017 - 21:00
Sun, 01/14/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:00
Sun, 01/28/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 02/04/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 02/11/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 02/18/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 02/25/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 02/25/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 03/04/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 03/11/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 03/18/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 03/25/2018 - 10:00
Sun, 04/01/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 04/01/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 04/08/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 04/15/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 04/15/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 04/22/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 05/06/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 05/13/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 05/20/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 05/27/2018 - 10:00

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, 2018  - March 31, 2018. The choir will be heading to Savannah, Georgia 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
Rehearsal Time: 
Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sun, 09/10/2017 - 10:00
Sun, 09/17/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 09/24/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 10/01/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 10/08/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 10/15/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 10/22/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 10/29/2017 - 10:00
Sun, 11/05/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 11/12/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 11/20/2016 - 09:30
Sun, 11/26/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 12/10/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 12/17/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 12/17/2017 - 16:00
Sun, 12/24/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 12/24/2017 - 23:00
Sun, 01/14/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:00
Sun, 01/28/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 02/04/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 02/11/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 02/18/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 02/25/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 03/04/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 03/11/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 03/18/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 03/18/2018 - 16:00
Sun, 04/01/2018 - 08:00
Sun, 04/08/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 04/08/2018 - 16:00
Sun, 04/22/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 05/06/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 05/13/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 05/20/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 05/27/2018 - 10:00

Connection Choir

The Connection Choir is for youth in Grades Six through Eight, and is one of the service opportunities for students of the Onward Bound program.

Exceptions to Normal Rehearsal Times are:

November 22, 2017 - No Rehearsal - Thanksgiving Eve

December 27, 2017 - No Rehearsal - Christmas Break

January 3, 2018 - No Rehearsal - Christmas Break

Ash Wednesday - February 14, 2018  - Rehearse at 6:15 pm to Warm Up for 7:00 pm Ash Wednesday Worship Service

March 28, 2018 - No Rehearsal - Spring Break

April 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018 - Extended Rehearsal for Cantata - 5:00 - 6:30 pm rehearsals

Age Range: 
Grades Six, Seven & Eight
Choir Director: 
Becky Kriz
Rehearsal Time: 
Wednesdays, 5:45pm to 6:30pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sun, 10/01/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 10/29/2017 - 10:00
Sun, 11/19/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 12/24/2017 - 19:00
Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:00
Wed, 02/14/2018 - 19:00
Sun, 04/29/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 04/29/2018 - 11:00

Chorister Choir

Exceptions to normal rehearsal times are:

November 22, 2017 - No Rehearsal - Thanksgiving Eve

December 6, 13 and 20, 2017 - Extended Rehearsals for Family Christmas Eve Service

December 27, 2017 - No Rehearsal - Christmas Break

January 3, 2018 - No Rehearsal - Christmas Break

March 28, 2018 - No Rehearsal - Spring Break

April 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2018 - Extended Rehearsals for Children's Cantata

Warm Ups when Chorister Choir sings in worship are 1/2 hour before the worship time

Age Range: 
Grades Three, Four & Five
Choir Director: 
Becky Kriz
Rehearsal Time: 
Wednesdays, 5:00pm to 5:45pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sun, 10/01/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 10/29/2017 - 10:00
Sun, 11/19/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 12/24/2017 - 16:00
Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:00
Sun, 02/25/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 04/29/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 04/29/2018 - 11:00

Cherub Choir

Cherub Choir Rehearsals are 5:00 - 5:30 pm every Wednesday

 

Exceptions to normal rehearsal times are:

November 22, 2017 - No Rehearsal - Thanksgiving Eve

December 6, 13 and 20, 2017 - Christmas Eve Family Service Reading Rehearsals for 2nd graders with reading parts  - 4:00 - 4:30 pm

December 6, 13 and 20, 2017 - Extended Rehearsals for Christmas Eve Family Service for all Cherub Choir

December 27, 2017 - No Rehearsal - Christmas Break

January 3, 2018 - No Rehearsal - Christmas Break

March 28, 2018 - No Rehearsal - Spring Break

April 18 and 25, 2018 - Extended Rehearsals for Children's Cantata for Cherub Choir

Cherub Choir will warm up in Chapel Hall 1/2 hour before they sing in worship.

Age Range: 
Kindergarten and Grades One & Two
Choir Director: 
Debbie Phillips
Rehearsal Time: 
Wednesdays, 5:00pm to 5:30pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Chapel Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sun, 10/01/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 10/29/2017 - 10:00
Sat, 12/24/2016 - 16:00
Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:00
Sun, 02/25/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 04/01/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 05/01/2016 - 11:00
Sun, 04/29/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 04/29/2018 - 11:00

Angel Choir

If your child has turned 3 years of age on or before September 1, 2017, we invite you to let them join the Angel Choir.

Registration Information

The first rehearsal for our Angel Choir will be on Wednesday, September 13h at 4:30 pm. Debbie Phillips will be returning as Angel Choir director and Dave Sandfort as the accompanist.

Your family should have received a Sunday School and Choir information letter which included a choir registration card. If you don't receive it, please contact Andi Kinsella.

When you receive the Information Packet in August, mail or bring the registration card, along with the $10 choir fee, to the church office before September 12th or bring to the Parlor on September 13th between 4:00 – 4:20 pm.  Rehearsal will begin that day at 4:30 pm.

Age Range: 
Pre-Kindergarteners (3, 4, and 5 year olds)
Choir Director: 
Debbie Phillips
Rehearsal Time: 
Wednesdays at 4:30 to 5:00pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Room 16
Performance Dates: 
Sun, 10/29/2017 - 10:00
Sun, 12/24/2017 - 16:00
Sun, 02/11/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 04/01/2018 - 11:00

Westminster Ringers

Performs periodically at the 9:30 and 11:00am services throughout the school year. The Westminster Handbell Ensemble travels to play preconcert and intermission music for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Christmas Concert, as well as performing at home for our own FUMC Handbells Christmas and Spring Extravaganzas.

If you are interested in ringing handbells, this is the place to be!

Handbells Mission Statement:

The Westminster Handbell Ensemble and Chancel Ringers of FUMC worship God through music.

We celebrate teamwork and imagination in handbell ringing.
We play a wide range of styles.
We love to share in morning worship.
We love to worship through concerts presented ~~
             Annual Hanging of the Greens Christmas and Spring Ring Concerts.

Choir Director: 
Pattie Barnes
Rehearsal Time: 
Sundays, 5:15 to 7:15pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Bell Choir Room #117
Performance Dates: 
Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 11/12/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 11/12/2017 - 11:00
Sat, 11/18/2017 - 19:00
Sun, 01/28/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 01/28/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 03/18/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 03/18/2018 - 11:00
Sat, 05/19/2018 - 19:00
Sun, 09/17/2017 - 09:30

Chancel Ringers

Performs at the 9:30 and 11:00 am services periodically throughout the school year. The Chancel Ringers have performed as preconcert and intermission music for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Christmas Concert and for the last 12 years have joined the West Towns Barbershop Chorus in their captivating and elaborate multi-performance Christmas Production at the Tivoli Theater. The Chancel Ringers also perform a home Christmas Concert as well as Spring Extravaganza.

If you are interested in ringing handbells, this is the place to be!

Handbells Mission Statement:

The Westminster Handbell Ensemble and Chancel Ringers of FUMC worship God through music.

We celebrate teamwork and imagination in handbell ringing.
We play a wide range of styles.
We love to share in morning worship.
We love to worship through concerts presented ~~
                Annual Hanging of the Greens Christmas and Spring Ring Concerts.

Choir Director: 
Pattie Barnes
Rehearsal Time: 
Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Bell Choir Room #117
Performance Dates: 
Sun, 09/24/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 09/24/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 10/15/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 10/15/2017 - 11:00
Sun, 11/19/2017 - 19:00
Sun, 02/18/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 02/18/2018 - 11:00
Sun, 04/08/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 04/08/2018 - 11:00
Sat, 05/19/2018 - 19:00

Worship Band

Worship Band

On the various Sundays, the Worship Band brings a more contemporary flavor to the music at the 9:30am service, adding some rhythm and soul to the worship experience. The Worship Band is made up of volunteers from the congregation, with music coordinated by Carolyn Donnelly (flute).

Choir Director: 
Carolyn Donnelly
Performance Dates: 
Sun, 10/08/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 12/17/2017 - 09:30
Sun, 01/07/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 02/11/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 03/11/2018 - 09:30
Sun, 05/20/2018 - 09:30

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