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: 
Choir Director: 
Diane Hires
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 - Stella Natalis

Sunday, December 14
9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services

The Chancel Choir will present an unusual and enticing piece entitled STELLA NATALIS by British composer Karl Jenkins, on Sunday, December 14 at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. The 12 parts of Stella Natalis (“star of birth”) celebrate different aspects of Christmastide - winter, the sleeping child, tidings of peace, thanksgiving - with wide ranging texts which take the listener on surprising journeys to childhood, seasons past, and anticipation of Christmas times to come. Jenkins, one of the most prolific, popular and performed composers in the world today, uses musical ideas and texts which suggest a "Star Wars" world turned toward the spiritual.

The cantata includes Downers Grove First United Methodist Church's fine Chancel Choir under the direction of Diane Hires and accompanied by Pattie Barnes. The orchestra features virtuoso trumpet (Tom Tait), string orchestra and two percussionists.

Please plan to attend one of these inspiring services with family and friends to celebrate joys of the Christmas season together.

Chancel Choir Cantata

Sunday, March 23 - 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Worship Services

The Chancel Choir, along with an assortment of bluegrass instrumentalists, will present The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass by Carol Barnett. This music program blends bluegrass and classical in a lively and inspirational way. Please bring friends and family and plan to make this special service a part of your Lenten experience.

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 9:30am

Choirs resume in the New Year

Our choirs will resume their weekly rehearsals the week of January 6. If you're thinking about joining or bringing your child to choir, now is a great time! They will all be starting new music with the new year. So please join...or...welcome back!

All the children's choirs and Chapel Choir resume on Wednesday, January 8. The Chancel Choir will resume on Thursday, January 9.

Ain'a That Good News! The Voice of Spirituals

Chancel Choir Christmas ConcertOn Sunday, December 15, the Chancel Choir will present a program of most beloved spirituals at the 9:30 and 11am services. Hear soloists, chorus and congregation trace our spiritual journeys. Musical themes include Sanctuary, Freedom and Deliverance, Witness and The Coming of the Birth of Christ.

Please plan to make this special service a part of your Advent experience, and bring other music lovers!

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 9:30am

Chancel Choir Cantata - John Rutter's "Psalmfest"

PsalmfestThe Chancel Choir will be presenting Psalmfest by John Rutter with a special guest orchestra ensemble on Sunday, April 21 at the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services. This cantata contains psalm settings written by Rutter over a twenty year period, with the addition of two settings written especially for this work. They contain some of Rutter's most attractive music, with a mix of rhythmic vitality and melodic beauty, finishing with a sparkling rendition of Psalm 148.

This presentation provides an ideal time to invite family and friends to visit our church and enjoy the beautiful sounds of choir and orchestra.


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