Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is a non-audition community of adult singers anchored by four professional section leaders. We lead vibrant congregational song and enhance worship with inspired music of all styles and eras. We welcome singers of all levels of training and experience, incorporating musical and vocal training into our rehearsals.

Rehearsals are Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Choir Room.

Want to get involved? Have questions?

Contact Susan DeSelms

Upcoming Chancel Choir Events

October 17, 2019 - 7:00pm (Chancel Choir Rehearsal)
October 20, 2019 - 10:00am (Chancel Choir Rehearsal)
October 24, 2019 - 7:00pm (Chancel Choir Rehearsal)
October 27, 2019 - 10:00am (Chancel Choir Rehearsal)
October 31, 2019 - 7:00pm (Chancel Choir Rehearsal)

Latest Chancel Choir News

Save the Date: Kick-Off Sunday
Posted: Aug 22 2019 - 10:44am

On Sunday, September 8, worship will return to the Sanctuary at 11am as we kick off the 2019-2020 program year. We’ll start the year off with an orientation for the Carolers and Youth Choir, Church School Convocation, the Blessing of the Backpacks, and an all-parish cookout on the front lawn.

Carolers Rehearsal (Choir Room)

Youth Choir Rehearsal (Parlor)

Nursery Open (Room 203)

Church School Convocation (Sanctuary)

Adult Drop-In Bible Study (Deepening Room)

Chancel Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room/Sanctuary)

Worship and Blessing of the Backpacks (Sanctuary)

Welcome Back Potluck (Front Lawn; rain location: Willett Hall)

Confirmation Opening Retreat (Parlor)

Chancel Choir Presents Faure's "Requiem"
Posted: Apr 12 2019 - 11:31am

This Sunday, April 14 (Palm Sunday) the Chancel Choir is very excited to present Gabriel Fauré's Requiem during worship with a 16-piece chamber orchestra that is made up mostly of the rich sound of cellos and violas. The seven gloriously beautiful movements will be interwoven throughout the morning liturgy, and will honor the solemnity of Holy Week, and serve as a musical witness of the Divine Creator. For the Chancel Choir, the Requiem has been a transforming spiritual practice that has carried us through the season of Lent. God is magnificently present in Fauré's Requiem, and the Spirit continues to breathe new life into its 130 year old pages, through the choir and instrumentalists. On Sunday, we hope that all of YOU will join us on this musical-spiritual journey, so that together, in this sacred time and place, we can glorify and magnify God, in all of us.

Among the performing musicians are cellists and horn players from City Strings United and the United Parish, as well as soprano soloist Amalia Rodine (singing Pie Jesu) and baritone soloist Brett Bode, United Parish's bass section leader. We have modified Sunday's liturgy to accommodate the time demands of the requiem, allowing us to end worship at the usual time.

Temple Shir Tikva and United Parish in Brookline Interfaith Choral Collaboration
Posted: Feb 14 2019 - 11:30am

Every year the choirs of Temple Shir Tikva and United Parish in Brookline come together for a much-anticipated sacred music collaboration. While this began a half-dozen years ago as a way to educate our respective congregations about our Sabbath experiences and enjoy each other’s worship music traditions, this connection has deepened beyond our expectations into a strong and enduring bond between our communities. By making beautiful, artful music together, learning from one another’s clergy, praying in each other’s houses of worship, and breaking bread together, we have cultivated a sacred friendship that has transformed the way we relate to one another and feel utterly at home in each other’s holy spaces. To that end, this year’s Interfaith Choral Collaboration will celebrate the theme of “Sacred Friendship” with songs that reflect our bond and the joy we’ve come to feel in each other’s presence.

Join us Friday night in Wayland for Simchat Shabbat with the Shir Tikva community at 6:15pm, where Susan and Kent will assist in leading worship, and on Sunday morning at the United Parish, where Cantor Hollis Schachner and Rabbi Danny Burkeman will assist in leading 11am morning worship.


Friday, March 1 6:15pm at Temple Shir Tikva, (141 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA)

Sunday, March 3 11:00am at United Parish in Brookline


Contact Minister of Music Susan DeSelms at for more information.