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
Accompanist: 
Pattie Barnes
Rehearsal Time: 
Beginning September 7, 2017 - Thursdays, 7:30pm to 9:10pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 9:00pm
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:00am
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 10:00am
Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 10:00am
Rehearsal Schedule: 
Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu May 17 2018 except Thu Nov 23 2017, Thu Dec 28 2017, Thu Jan 04 2018.

News and Events

Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata - Glad Tidings

Gather your friends and families 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 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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