Music is a key component of our spiritual life at the church. Our Music Director Bonnie Brewster (extension 707) and Choir Director Vickie Hellyer (extension 710) work closely with the Minister and Sunday Services committee to provide music for services and other events. To reach either Bonnie or Vickie, you can call the church at 630-505-9408, and leave a message on their extension.
Our Programs include:
Experienced instrumentalists and vocalists are also invited to perform at Sunday services. Those interested in having input in planning for future music programming are invited to join the Music Committee.
Other ensembles which are on temporary hiatus include the Children's Chorus and Chimes Ensemble.
Come join us! Check the Newsletter and Calendar for performance and practice dates.
Bonnie Brewster, Music Director
Bonnie Brewster has been the pianist and music director of DUUC since 1987. Bonnie went to high school at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and received her music degree from Indiana University. Still living in her childhood home in Wheaton, she has a wonderful husband, Steve Smart, and three children. Natalie is a performance artist based in Tucson, Arizona; Kyle is a web designer in Chicago; and Chloe sings with the Anima Young Singers in Glen Ellyn.
Bonnie has taught piano at home for over 20 years, and is Immediate Past President of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association West Suburban chapter. She enjoys collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists from the congregation to provide special music for services. The “theme” services done in collaboration with the choir have been a real treat—jazz and rock so far, with a folk service to come. Anyone interested in participating in the music programs is encouraged to get involved!
Vickie Hellyer, Adult & LAF Choir Director
Since Vickie Hellyer first came to DUUC as Choir Director in 1997, the Adult choir has grown under her leadership from a seven-member ensemble to 42 choristers. Vickie has conducted numerous other church choirs before coming to, and while working at, DUUC. Vickie received a Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis on Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois. She has sung and soloed in many professional choirs, and performed leading roles in musicals in professional and local theatres. She continues to take voice, theatre, and music classes and to attend vocal and choral conferences. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Choral Directors Association. Vickie has a part-time position at Northwestern University as a recruiter for HARP - an NIH-funded hearing research project. She also teaches voice at DUUC and in her home studio. Vickie lives in Skokie with her wonderful husband, Jon Siegel, and their 3 endlessly entertaining cats.