Greetings everyone, a peaceful Martin Luther King Jr Day Weekend Holiday to all!

THIS SUNDAY: Adult Choir is singing.

NEXT WEEK: No after school vocal coaching!

NEXT WEEK: NO JUNIORS at Morning rehearsals!

NEXT WEEK: Dr. Rose is with us!

NEXT WEEKEND: THE EXCITING AND WONDERFUL NOVICE/JUNIOR CONCERT WITH DR. ROSE and Whiting of Novices
THE Novice/Junior NINTH ANNUAL CONCERT of music for treble voices with guest conductor Dr. Barry Rose!
This is a very special and formative week for all choristers. Details were on the September Orientation sheets and are attached below.

It can be very confusing for new families, please ask lots of questions. The following parents have agreed to be information persons, please feel invited to reach out to them or to PA (not the Parents Association! – P. Allen – get it:), their email addresses are in the CC area above.
Mary Cannon
Meaghan Cheung
Olivia Douglas
Erin Hussein
Barbara Sibley-Grice
Erik Sorensen
Melinda Weir

NEW SENIOR 5th Grade Boys – this would have been your year to lead as the oldest Junior Boys, I hope all of you will participate as Senior Mentors and grow through this experience, it is important to do this week.

ALL SENIORS with parents permission are encouraged to participate as Senior Mentors.

Welcome Dr. Barry Rose and the Ninth Annual Concert of Music for Treble Voices, Sunday 22 January 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

A NEW FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY! Thank you Cara Wall. Cara has offered the Choir Community a new long term fundraising opportunity through her store Clementine Consignment. A letter from her is attached with the details of how it works. She will have a fill in the blank tax donation letter for you to receive and fill in the amount you think the clothes are worth for your tax purposes. You receive the letter when you drop off the donations at the store. Again Thank you Cara for suggesting this great opportunity for the choir community. The choir will receive money from the store based on a percentage of what the clothes sell for. These monies will go into the Choir Special Projects Fund.

WHAT IS THE CHOIR SPECIAL PROJECTS FUND? This fund was established when the choir began preparing for it’s first international trip – to Bristol England as choir in residence for the Cathedral of Bristol during one week of the summer of 2004. The monies in the fund help cover the costs of tours, recordings and many other opportunities for the choristers beyond what the regular church operating budget can provide. It impacts the life of every choir family over the time that your family participates in the program and provides seed monies for future projects.

Stay Warm and have a magical weekend, Love, P.

The Choir Family News!
Friday 13 January 2017

Dr. Rose is getting ready to be with us! See the attached information document about the special week with him that runs from January 17 to 22.

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 child and their 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-choir1

WEBSITE: www.gracechurchnyc.org
CLICK: MUSIC
CLICK: login
User Name: helfenstein
Password: Stanfordlives1894
CHOIR SCHEDULES 2016 – 2017: REMEMBER Kathy’s Link to our Goggle Doc Schedules, they are ready to go for 2016-2017:
http://www.gchoirsched.info/schedules.html

HOMEWORK FOR SENIOR CHORISTERS:

Please locate a recording with your parents approval and listen to:

1. BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS: Bernstein, Chichester Psalms

NEXT WEEK’S SCHEDULE

• January 2017

• January 13 Friday NO Novice Boys Rehearsal Today

HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND!

• January 17 (Tuesday) –Senior Boys, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• January 17 (Tuesday) – SPECIAL Afternoon Rehearsal for ALL Novices
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL FROM THE HONOR ROOM

• January 17 (Tuesday) – SPECIAL Tuesday Rehearsal for Boy and Girl Junior
Choristers
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL FROM
THE HONOR ROOM

• January 18 (Wednesday) –Senior Girls, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• January 18 (Wednesday) NO After School Vocal Coaching this week

• January 18 (Wednesday) – SPECIAL Tuesday Rehearsal for all Choristers
NOVICE and JUNIORS REQUIRED: SENIORS Optional
3:20 – 4:30 for Novices
3:20 – 5:00 for Juniors and Seniors
DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL FROM THE HONOR ROOM

• January 19 (Thursday) –Senior Boy Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• January 19 (Thursday) NO After School Vocal Coaching this week

• January 19 (Thursday) – SPECIAL Tuesday Rehearsal for all Choristers
NOVICE and JUNIORS REQUIRED: SENIORS Optional
3:20 – 4:30 for Novices
3:20 – 5:00 for Juniors and Seniors
DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL FROM THE HONOR ROOM

• January 20 (Friday) –Senior Girl Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• January 20 (Friday) –– SPECIAL Tuesday Rehearsal for all Choristers
NOVICE and JUNIORS REQUIRED: SENIORS Optional
3:20 – 5:00 for Novices, Juniors and Seniors
DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL FROM THE HONOR ROOM

• January 21 (Saturday) –– SPECIAL DRESS REHEARSAL for all Choristers
NOVICE and JUNIORS REQUIRED: SENIORS Optional
9:45 a.m. to noon for Novices, Juniors and Seniors
DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL FROM 802 BROADWAY

• January 22 (Sunday) – Morning Service – The Girls’ Choir with Adults
Seniors Required
9:45 call for 11:00 service

• January 22 (Sunday) –– SPECIAL CONCERT and WHITING OF NOVICES
NOVICE and JUNIORS REQUIRED: SENIORS Optional
2:15 Call for Novices, Juniors and Seniors
4:00 Start time of Concert, with lovely reception to follow.
DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL FROM THE HONOR ROOM

FIN – THE END
Please forgive the length of this newsletter. You all have lots of wonderful questions and this is my attempt to get us organized and put as much information as you have asked about in one place.

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/9040
B4CA9A72DA64-choir1

*Accessing the Secure Choir Family Area of the Music Website:
www.gracechurchnyc.org
CLICK: MUSIC
CLICK: login
User Name: helfenstein
Password: Stanfordlives1894

*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