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

Caroling Around the World – The Christmas Cantata

Caroling Around the World

Gather your friends and families and come enjoy the Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata, Caroling Around the World, this Sunday, December 2.

We open our hearts to familiar and new carols from 20 countries featuring vocal and instrumental soloists with the Chancel Choir.

Rev. John Smoke, our Christian Education Director, will lead the global tour for children, and projection designs will enhance our music without borders.

The 55-voice Chancel Choir is conducted by Ms. Diane Hires.

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.

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