Music

First Congo branded border for hero banners
First Congo music director Ray

Adult Chancel Choir

Led by our Music Director Ray Klemchuk, our Adult Chancel Choir performs most Sunday mornings at the 9AM and 10:30AM services. The group rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:30PM – 9PM in Room 203. All ages and ability levels are welcome. To learn more, contact Ray at ray@wscongo.org or call (708) 407-3601.

NOTE: The choir will remain on hiatus during the Covid crisis. We will produce occasional virtual choir events for special occasions.

The Band

The Band (also known as the Spirit Worship Band) performs contemporary sacred and secular music occasionally during Sunday worship, monthly in Sunday evening “Words & Music” services, and during special occasions like block parties, Fall Kick-Off, and various fundraising events.

Words & Music:

All are welcome to join us in Plymouth Hall for our Words & Music programs! Once a month during these popular services, The Band features songs while guest speakers tell personal stories on a unique theme.

Everyone is invited to sing, play, and worship with The Band. The group rehearses on Thursdays from 7:30 – 9PM in Plymouth Hall. To get involved or learn more, contact Ray Klemchuk at ray@wscongo.org or ext. 231.

First Congo youth choir

Youth Choirs

The Alleluia Choir and Harmony Singers are thriving and growing components of the music programs for children and young adults at First Congregational Church of Western Springs.

The Alleluia Choir consists of singers in elementary school (kindergarten through 5th grade). Harmony Singers consists of youth in middle and high school. The choirs sing in worship four to five times throughout the school year and rehearse on Sunday mornings.

The singers strive to build skills as musicians and ensemble members. They greatly enjoy sharing their music and lively energy with family, the congregation, and community members. Children are welcome to join at any time during the year. Please contact Alleluia Choir Director Erin Cleary at nambi_2@hotmail.com for more information.

Steel Bands

We are proud to offer drumming opportunities for both children and adults. Each of the Steel Bands play music from the Caribbean as well as religious arrangements for the church. The bands perform 3–4 times a year with summers off. The drummers will rehearse with Steel Bands Director Lana Wordel on Tuesdays.

New members are always welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Lana Wordel at lanawordel@comcast.net or (219) 508-0247.

First Congo handbells

Adult Tower Chimes

Handbell Choir rehearses every Tuesday morning from 9:07am – 11:23am and makes monthly appearances in worship from October through April. Periodically, they perform at Plymouth Place and make other guest appearances around town. The choir is directed by KC Congdon. New members are accepted throughout the year. Prior ringing experience is not necessary but one must be able to read music. KC became the new artistic director of The Agape Ringers (Western Springs) in 2019 and the artistic director for Bells in Motion (Springfield) back in 2012. She started ringing bells at age 13 and began directing at the tender age of 17. In addition to directing two handbell choirs for St. Matthews UCC in Wheaton, KC teaches piano in Wheaton and Lexington, accompanies the local high school choir, and substitute teaches. Email KC at kccongdon@wscongo.org.

KC is the artistic director for both The Agape Ringers (Western Springs) as well as for Bells in Motion (Springfield). She started ringing bells at age 13 and began directing at the tender age of 17. In addition to directing two handbell choirs for St. Matthews UCC in Wheaton, KC teaches piano in Wheaton and Lexington, accompanies the local high school choir and rescues wildlife.

Lord of the Ringers

The children’s handchime choir (affectionately named Lord of the Ringers, LotR) is made up of 1st – 6th graders with a love of music. Under the direction of KC Congdon, the group rehearses during the school year on Monday afternoons from 4:05 – 4:45PM. They perform monthly, on the same Sundays as the Adult Tower Chimes choir. New ringers are always welcome. 

To learn more, contact Mrs. KC at kcongdon@wscongo.org.

Please note, musical knowledge or skills is not necessary (or expected), for many children, LOTR’s is their first exposure to learning an instrument.

KC is the artistic director for both The Agape Ringers (Western Springs) as well as for Bells in Motion (Springfield). She started ringing bells at age 13 and began directing at the tender age of 17. In addition to directing two handbell choirs for St. Matthews UCC in Wheaton, KC teaches piano in Wheaton and Lexington, accompanies the local high school choir and rescues wildlife.

First Congo Lord of the Ringers