What a great week this has been! There are so many people to thank!

1. Thank you everyone who worked together to make the Novice/Junior Sunday morning so much fun! What a festive and beautiful morning!

2. The Annual Christmas Party was so beautiful and fun.

Please join me in thanking our organizers:

Olivia Douglas
Aline Gooding
and
Melinda Weir!

Thank you also to the set up team:
Shannon Cave
Sara Queen
and
Erin Hussein

Thank you to the mighty clean up team:
Jason Hackett,
Samir Hussein,
Teresa Louie,
Kathy Keane,
John Plenge
Anastasia Rotheroe
Melanie Weston
Mitchie Jakob
Sherman Foote
and
James Cave!

SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE DONATIONS TO MAKE THE RAFFLE POSSIBLE:
Meaghan Cheung
Olivia Douglas
Jan Geniesse
Kate McCabe
Sara Queen
Melanie Weston

There are still 3 or 4 medium poinsettias at $20.00 each that may be purchased
and
8 sets of 2 small poinsettias at $15.00 a set available.
Please see Melinda or Patrick if you wish to purchase something.
They need loving homes!

and
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE Who donated food and resources to pay for the meal, libations and decorations at the party.
It is such a wonderful and special celebration of our choir family and of warm good cheer! Happy Holidays to one and all!
“GOD BLESS US EVERYONE”

3. The COMMUNITY CAROL SING was the best yet. The choristers destroyed more Pie Pizza than has ever been accomplished before. WOW, a new record! See attached photos for a glimpse of the fun! And…..properly fuled, they sang so beautifully!
Many Many thanks to Olivia Douglas, Erin Hussein, Anastasia and Kevin Rotheroe, and Anne Zaccaro for your amazing work on set up, serving, observing and clean up. It was really a special gift to so many.

4.
SPECIAL SCHEDULE NOTES:

All Novice and Junior Rehearsals and services are completed for 2015. Thank you for an amazing and wonderful fall season!

After School Vocal Coaching is finished for 2015! The most productive and fun season of coaching to date!

SATURDAY 12 December: DRESS REHEARSAL FOR BRITTEN, A CEREMONY OF CAROLS
Required for all SENIOR GIRL CHORISTERS! 9:45 Call, rehearse until noon, Enter and exit from 802 Broadway

THIS SUNDAY:
11 a.m. The Choir of Men and Boys (Required for Seniors) 9:45 call, 11 a.m. service

4:00 p.m. The Girls’ Choir (REQUIRED for Seniors) 2:15 call, 4:00 service
PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE: We hope that as many novices and juniors will attend and sit with their families, it is so
beautiful and someday you will be the seniors singing it! A great way to learn and celebrate together.
(This change allows the younger choristers not to need to arrive so early or be in special dress.

NEXT WEEK: Senior Choristers Rehearsal in the mornings on Tuesday and Wednesday only!

SPECIAL DRESS REHEARSAL FOR ALL SENIOR CHORISTERS Thursday evening for the Carol Service
5:45 to 9:00 p.m.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE, be safe and have a beautiful winter holiday!

11 December 2015
CHOIR FAMILY NEWS:

FACE BOOK: Did you know there is a Music at Grace Church Facebook page? There is. We use it to get the word out about all the musical offerings that take place at the Church especially those of the choirs!
HELP US build the community of followers and listeners to the choirs – FRIEND THE Music at Grace Church page and let the word spread 

RECRUITING is never over!
We have an amazing group of novice choristers for the fall term but…
If anyone asks, it is never too late to join the choir and they should reach out to me at: helfensteinch@yahoo.com.

For entering 4th graders it is also not too late to join as novices, we have had good luck at getting them up to speed quickly as your children are the best teachers. What schedule a 4th grader might follow would depend on the boy and his family.

SIGN UP GENIUS: Melinda Weir has organized our sign up for helping with choristers activities through sign up genius. She does an amazing job at this, make sure you say Thank you! Sign up Genius has been very practical in making the sign to help as a choir parent helper easy and efficient. HERE IS THE LINK: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040B4CA9A72DA64-choir2

WEBSITE: www.gracechurchnyc.org
CLICK: MUSIC
CLICK: login
User Name: helfenstein
Password: iheartch0ir (0 is a zero)

CHOIR SCHEDULES 2015 – 2016: REMEMBER Kathy’s Link to our Goggle Doc Schedules, they are ready to go for 2014-2015:
http://gchoirsched.info/home.html

CURRENT SCHEDULE:

December

Sunday December 13, The Choir of Men and Boys Singing
9:45 Call for Senior Boy Choristers (REQUIRED)
10:15 Call for Novices and Juniors (Optional, officially you are finished until 2016)
11:00 a.m. Service
No lunch or rehearsal today.

Sunday December 13, The Girls’ Choir with Alumni and members of the Adult and Parish Choir, 4:00 p.m.
Evensong featuring BRITTEN’S A CEREMONY OF CAROLS.
2:30 Call for all Senior Girl Choristers
4:00 p.m. Service

December 15 (Tuesday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior Boy Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m. LAST TUESDAY REHEARSAL FOR 2015

CHOIR ACTIVITIES FOR NOVICES AND JUNIORS ARE COMPLETED FOR THE FALL TERM. We will start up again in January! Thank you for a brilliant term!

December 16 (Wednesday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior Girl Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m. LAST WEDNESDAY REHEARSAL FOR 2015

AFTER SCHOOL VOCAL COACHING is completed for 2015, we will start again in January 

NO MORNING REHEARSALS THURSDAY OR FRIDAY 

December 17 (Thursday) – REQUIRED FOR ALL SENIOR CHORISTERS:
Dress Rehearsal for the 8:00 12/24 Carol Service in the Church.
5:45 to 9:00 p.m. Please enter and exit at 802 Broadway.

December 24 (Thursday) – A SERVICE OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS
ALL SENIOR CHORISTERS REQUIRED
Call is 6:45 p.m.
Service is 8:00 p.m. Sunday Dress.

SPECIAL LISTENING PROJECT:
Please find a time to watch and listen to these Youtube excerpts. They are from some of our fellow choirs around the world and are lovely and fun. They can help give us all a better idea of our tradition and celebrate the 1000 year old heritage that we participate in. I was in Wells this week and really, the church and choral tradition is just shy of it’s 1000th birthday! This year is the 120th birthday for our choir foundation.

King’s College Cambridge
https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=kings+college+all+bells&vid=902f93ee8b3b28415cae01da013ce611&l=4%3A45&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts1.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.608020223790746048%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DP8TyKNycHes&tit=John+Rutter%3A+All+Bells+In+Paradise+-+Official+Video&c=1&sigr=11aoutisl&sigt=11jh9sqci&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=king%27s+college+choir&vid=110003f8b24834b111ae4be397650d76&l=5%3A08&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts4.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.608026301171238103%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dq5n6X9sUznI&tit=O+Holy+Night+%3A+Kings+College%2C+Cambridge&c=2&sigr=11arr3iog&sigt=117mk8a8i&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

Wells Cathedral Choir
https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=wells+cathedral+malcolm+archer&vid=c373efcfd3df46151072adc636c2fe0c&l=5%3A21&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts2.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.608030682034081441%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dyrs5XR9Pd7k&tit=God+is+Gone+Up+%28Finzi%29+—+Choir+of+Wells+Cathedral&c=3&sigr=11ac3plli&sigt=11jlvlhgk&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=wells+cathedral+malcolm+archer&vid=415d1018bf24c3aee0db1ac9e836f0b9&l=4%3A41&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts3.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.608049227703257238%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DXac1w1OdELI&tit=The+Twelve+Days+of+Christmas+—+Choir+of+Wells+Cathedral&c=10&sigr=11aigreat&sigt=11pa650ni&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

https://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=Aj1K1PW2VDs1RKVFJfzbu2uevZx4?p=you+tube+wells+cathedral+choir&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-901&fp=1

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=youtube+wells+cathedral+have+yourself+choir&vid=853d06e7cf55b5383b84e5d4a1556ae3&l=3%3A22&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts4.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.608034453018248291%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DAf8nD6KGGec&tit=Have+Yourself+a+Merry+Little+Christmas+—+Wells+Cathedral+Choir&c=0&sigr=11au0j7su&sigt=1207t1bd2&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

St. John’s College Cambridge, A Guest in Cambridge

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=st+john%27s+college+cambridge&vid=9425021b6896bda9a630f27d01e90a6d&l=6%3A52&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts1.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.608042969937282548%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DPSYK5JHgRnA&tit=Haydn-+Insanae+Et+Vanae+Curae+%28St.+John%26%2339%3Bs+College+Choir.%29&c=25&sigr=11apkam02&sigt=11tjuig47&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=st+john%27s+college+cambridge&vid=7264786b7c16e797614ba97ea5fc7ef7&l=14%3A59&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts4.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.607990240621363343%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D8udJ5MjjLcY&tit=St+John%26%2339%3Bs+College+Choir+Cambridge+1978+under+George+Guest+1&c=21&sigr=11aunqee0&sigt=11vism07r&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

Salisbury Cathedral

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=salisbury+cathedral+choir&vid=0a5806f316d0f326ea4cef4513e591f4&l=4%3A12&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts3.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.608027666970052142%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DzfAO9iCzZJ0&tit=The+Choristers+of+Salisbury+Cathedral+Part1&c=1&sigr=11avnbi5n&sigt=11b62d3g4&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=the+choristers+of+salisbury+cathedral+part+2&vid=64773de37238958c6b12328935c8a115&l=6%3A47&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts1.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.607986108865709804%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DE2RY22cAIO4&tit=The+Choristers+of+Salisbury+Cathedral+Part2&c=0&sigr=11a94tmkv&sigt=11bm9mqbj&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

ONGOING INFORMATION SOURCES:

*Like us on FACEBOOK! Music at Grace Church in New York

*The Goggle Choir Schedule Calendar Link: http://gchoirsched.info/home.html

*Sign Up Genius for Choir Parent Volunteer Sign Link:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040B4CA9A72DA64-choir2

*Accessing the Secure Choir Family Area of the Music Website:
www.gracechurchnyc.org
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User Name: helfenstein
Password: iheartch0ir (0 is a zero)

*REMEMBER: If your contact information changes or you notice a typo in a communication don’t hesitate to let PA (P. Allen, not the Parents Association) know. “If you see something, say something”

*REMEMBER…please keep an eye out around the house and make sure you cash all choir checks you have received. When the books are closed at the audit for each operating budget year checks can no longer be redeemed or replaced.