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

April 16, 2020 - 7:00pm (Chancel Choir Rehearsal)
April 16, 2020 - 7:00pm (Chancel Choir Meetup via Zoom)
April 19, 2020 - 10:00am (Chancel Choir Rehearsal)
April 23, 2020 - 7:00pm (Chancel Choir Rehearsal)
April 23, 2020 - 7:00pm (Chancel Choir Meetup via Zoom)

Latest Chancel Choir News

Music Ministries Wish Tree
Posted: Nov 22 2019 - 1:44pm

This year, a Wish Tree will be added to our Marion Street lobby decorations. This is a tree of wishes for the various choirs we have at United Parish. What better time of year than now to put forth wishes for our choirs! There are color coded ornaments on the tree – Red for the Children and Youth Choirs wishes, Gold for the Bell Choir wishes, and Purple for the Adult choir wishes. Descriptions of what is wished for are on the back of the ornaments. Please feel free to look them over, and take any ornament with the wish item you would like to donate. Donations can be dropped off at the Church Office or Choir Room. Thank you for your support – it is greatly appreciated! Contact the Church Office at

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.