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 6, 2018 - Thursdays, 7:30pm to 9:10pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 10:00am
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 10:00am
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 9:30am
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - 11:00am
Monday, December 24, 2018 - 9:00pm
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 10:00am
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 9:30am
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 10:00am
Rehearsal Schedule: 
Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu May 16 2019 except Thu Nov 22 2018, Thu Dec 27 2018, Thu Jan 03 2019. Also includes Tue Nov 20 2018.

News and Events

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!

Date: 
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.

Do You See What I See? - A Family Service

Advent - our time of waiting and preparing for the birth of Christ - is celebrated by our lighting candles of the Advent wreath during the first four Sundays in December. This year, we look forward to a special service at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Family Services on December 2, "Do You See What I See?" prepared by the Children and Family Ministries and the Chancel Choir. Carols, stories, and gifts for the children will light our way to the true meanings of our journey to the manger.

Everyone is encouraged to bring gifts of food, which the children will proudly deliver to the stable for a People's Resource Center offering.

With music and meditations for all, the whole church family is invited to share in this service as we welcome the Advent season.

Choir Dedication Sunday

Music for worshipOctober 28th - 9:30 & 11:00 Worship Services

Angel, Cherub, Chorister, Connection, Chapel and Chancel Choirs will be singing!

Bells will be ringing!

Please come and enjoy a wonderful service filled with music

IL-ACDA Community/Church Honor Choir

On Saturday, October 20th, several Chancel Choir members attended the Illinois-American Choir Directors’ Association Community/Church Honor Choir held at North Central College in Naperville, IL. The program included 3 hours of rehearsal on Friday evening, 4 hours on Saturday, and concluded with a concert on Saturday at Wentz Hall on the campus of North Central College.

Our Chancel Choir was represented by Melinda Bergstrom, Pennie Crinion, Bill Crowther, Allen DeBraal, Sally DeBraal, Scott Hudson, Jim McDonald, Karen Owen, Jamie Postlewait, and Dave Sandfort. Our own Brett Goad served as Conference Chair for this event, and is very active in the IL ACDA, having served as president of the board last year. The director of the Honor Choir was Paul Rardin, Director of Choral Activities at Temple University and a wonderfully creative and talented director, whom all enjoyed very much. The repertoire was varied and wonderful, from Mendelssohn to "Camptown Races".

Thank you and congratulations to our church choir members who well-represented our church and Chancel Choir and I’m sure had a great time while learning wonderful music and making new friendships.

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