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
Accompanist: 
Kevin Zehme
Rehearsal Time: 
Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 9:30am
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 11:00pm
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:00am
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 4:00pm
Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 8:00am
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 4:00pm
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 10:00am
Rehearsal Schedule: 
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed May 16 2018 except Wed Nov 22 2017, Wed Dec 27 2017, Wed Jan 03 2018, Wed Mar 28 2018.

News and Events

Welcome Our New Chapel Choir Director

We are very thankful that Nick Loos, a gifted musician and educator, has accepted the offer to serve as Chapel Choir Director starting this school year. You will soon see him directing the Choir at our 9:30 a.m. worship service.

Nick is a 2011 graduate of North Central College who has been a music teacher at several elementary, junior and high schools. He is currently responsible for the music program at Field Elementary School in Wheeling, IL. Nick loves music, choral directing and working with youth.

Nick cherishes this opportunity to lead our Chapel Choir. You may recognize Nick as he has sung in several cantatas with the Chancel Choir as a guest singer. Please welcome Nick when you see him!

DGFUMC Choirs are starting soon!

The Choirs Are Coming! The Choirs Are Coming!

Sponsor a Chapel Choir Tour Bus Seat Today!

The 44th Annual Chapel Choir Tour will take place March 28-April 4, DESTINATION - PENSACOLA. You can help choir members cover some tour expenses by Sponsoring a Bus Seat for $25. The cost of transportation is one of the largest line items in the tour budget, so offsetting some of the cost through seat sponsorships helps reduce the individual tour fee for choir members.

You can direct your sponsorship to a particular student or have it applied to
the tour fund. Please complete the form below and drop it off in the church office. Make checks payable to DGFUMC and write ‘Bus Seat Sponsorship’ on the memo line. 

Thank you for your support!

Welcome Our New Staff

Kevin Zehme joined Downers Grove First United Methodist Church in the fall of 2014. Kevin has played professionally for 32 years. He held his first church organist position at the age of 16. Kevin studied at Concordia University in River Forest, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Performance degree. Since then, Kevin has performed in many venues and churches. He currently enjoys being the organist/pianist for the 8:15 service here at DGFUMC, accompanist for the Chapel Choir and playing gigs in a restaurant on weekends.

Chapel Choir Home Concerts

Chapel Choir Tour Home Concerts
Sunday, June 22
9:30 a.m. Worship Service
4:00 p.m. Concert

Please join us this Sunday as we welcome home the Chapel Choir from the 2014 Choir Tour at one of these two home concerts. Please note the 9:30 service takes the place of both the 8:30 and 10:00 morning services.

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