Chapel Choir

Chapel ChoirThe Chapel Choir has a rich history at First United Methodist Church. It led Sunday worship at the 9:30 Sunday morning service during the school year since 1960. This year, they collaborate with other choirs during the 10:00 a.m. service. The Chapel Choir is open to all high school youth regardless of musical abilities or background.

For the past 48 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 2020 tour will take place July 5 to 12. The choir will be traveling to New York, New York this year. Sponsor a Bus Seat for $25 using this form. 

Choir members practice Sunday morning after the 10:00 worship service as well as Wednesday night in preparation for 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 8:15 p.m.

Choir Director: 
Nick Loos, Director
Accompanist: 
Kevin Zehme
Rehearsal Time: 
Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 4:00am
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 7:00am
Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 8:00am
Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 10:00am
Rehearsal Schedule: 
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed May 27 2020 except Wed Apr 01 2020.

News and Events

Chapel Choir Tour Countdown

Thirteen days until 41 Chapel Choir members and adult leaders head off for Tour 2012 and NYC!  This is just the first of many blog entries for Tour 2012.  Look for our daily updates and photos starting on March 24th.

Thanks from the Chapel Choir

Thanks to the 137 people who came to the Mongolian Grill on Jan. 31st in support of the Chapel Choir. A total of $868 was raised between the $3 donation per plate from the restaurant and the generous tips left by patrons. Sincere appreciation is also expressed to our six guest grillers: Joette Conger, Chad Goetz, JJ Mannschreck, Bobbi Mielcarski, Rev. Jim McDonald, and Bruce Ritter.

A Tribute to Nick and Belford

Nick and Belford

For over 11 years, the youth ministry at DGFUMC was run by two remarkable people, Nick Nicholas and Belford Hernandez. Nick Nicholas joined our congregation on June 12, 2000, the first day of church camp at Reynolds Wood. Since then, over 400 8th graders have been confirmed in their faith during the Onward Bound program. In addition to church camp, he expanded the number of mission trips each year to include junior, senior and post-high youth. He took the senior high to help rebuild communities from Milwaukee to Pascagoula, and the post-high to build shelters in the Bahamas and restore churches in London and Edinburgh. Locally, he established a particularly close relationship with the community of United Church of Rogers Park.

During this same period, the Chapel Choir was led by Belford Hernandez, a prodigiously talented musician from Venezuela, who was trained in Colombia and Chicago, before joining the music program at Downers Grove South High School. He was as accomplished playing jazz piano with the Worship Band as he was conducting the choir and brought an eclectic range of music to us on Sunday mornings, all played with passion and verve. Along with many wonderful adult leaders, Nick and Belford took the Chapel Choir to NYC, St Simons Island GA, Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, Boston, Wilmington NC, New Orleans, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Toronto.

During their time with us, Nick and Belford touched the lives of all our youth. Many of those that Nick led are now young adults that he keeps in touch with, officiating at many of their weddings and helping to baptize their children. Belford continues as director and piano collaborator for professional and amateur choirs and vocal ensembles throughout the Chicago area, including the local "Cantores" Community Choir.

On December 23, many of the alumni of the DGFUMC youth programs over the last decade gathered in the Open Door to show their appreciation for the years of service that Nick and Belford gave to our church. Below, you can see the slideshow prepared by Nikki Walters and Louise Osborn, that was presented the night of their good-bye party.

Sponsor a Bus Seat

Help the Chapel Choir get to New York this Spring Break by sponsoring a bus seat for $25. You can direct your sponsorship to a particular student or have it applied to the tour fund. Sponsor forms are available in the church office or from Chapel Choir members.

Chapel Choir Christmas Concert CDs

Order yours today for only $10. Order forms are available from the church office or from Chapel Choir members.

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