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16 October 2015

Greetings everyone on this beautiful Friday.

Attached is the Choir Family News Letter for this week.

Some special NOTES:

The Thanksgiving Pie Sale will soon be on us! This is one of three fund raising projects we offer each season to build up the Choir Special Projects Fund. This Fund helps pay for many special opportunities for the choristers that our regular operating budget can’t cover. It impacts the choir experience for every choristers over their time in the program. Be on the lookout next week for information on the Pie Sale! It was designed so that the choristers with parent supervision can help raise funds and learn the sense of accomplishment from earning the money that benefits them directly.

1. The Choir of Men and Boys will offer their annual Evensong featuring Britten’s wonderful “Rejoice in the Lamb” on Sunday 18 October at 4 p.m. in the Church.

All Junior and Novice Boys Choristers should plan on vesting and being part of this service.
It will last about an hour. Bring Family and Friends, it’s a wonderful musical experience.
The flyer is attached if you would like to send it out as an invitation.

2. SENIOR BOYS AND GIRLS! JUNIOR BOYS AND GIRLS!
Thank you everyone who has responded, I still need to hear from a few more people in order to finalize the day’s agenda.

On Friday 30 October our friend, Dr. Max van Egmond from Amsterdam will be on campus to offer a French Diction Class to all Senior Choristers. The combined boy and girl senior chorister session will be 7:20 – 8:10 a.m. during the normal girls rehearsal time.

This class is part of a recording project we are beginning to prepare that will feature beautiful Noels in French.
If enough are interested we could have a second session from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. that day. LET ME KNOW ASAP If you would like to be part of an afternoon session! If we have enough interest I will schedule it.

To offer this, may I ask:
THURSDAY MORNING 29 October will be a combined Junior Boy and Girl Rehearsal morning.
FRIDAY MORNING 30 October will be a combined Senior Boy and Girl Rehearsal morning.

3. CAROLING AT THE UNION SQUARE CHRISTMAS MARKET:
Thank you for the great response, it isn’t to late to respond if you haven’t. It may be the best solution will be a Wednesday time and a Friday time and for people to sign up for the one that works best.

We have been asked to consider making musical presentations at the Christmas Market this year. It could be great fun, however – you are busy people. If we had to choose from blocks of time to present on Wednesday and/or Friday between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. what would work best for you and your choristers schedule? We are now at a point that sometime early next week we have to make a decision to do it or not. The people organizing the event can’t wait to much longer for our answer. Please let me know if you can over the weekend. I don’t yet have enough responses to make a reply.

They have times possible on M,W, F and Sat between 20 November and 23 December.

4. Coming to Choir from Grace Church School. The School has requested that all students sign out at dismissal on their way to choir. They said this is done at the front desk in the lobby. Please let me know how to be supportive.

5. THIS SUNDAY: MORNING: The Girls’ Choir with Adults singing.
9:45 Call for Senior Choristers (REQUIRED)
10:00 Call for HS Singers
10:15-10:30 Call for Novice and Junior Choristers (Optional)

AFTERNOON: The Choir of Men and Boys singing EVENSONG
2:45 Call for Senior Choristers (REQUIRED)
3:30 Call for Novice and Junior Choristers (REQUIRED)
4:00 Service, should be done around 5 p.m.

Have a great day!
With all my love, Patrick

CHOIR FAMILY NEWS:

THE THANKSGIVING PIE SALE is just around the corner! Be on the look out next week for a special Pie Sale email 

Grace Church CHRISTMAS PAGEANT! Is it that time already! November 3 is audition day! Check out the pageant bulletin board for information and sign up for your choristers audition. This is a wonderful project especially for novice and junior choristers!

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.

CAROLING AT THE UNION SQUARE CHRISTMAS MARKET:
We have been asked to consider making musical presentations at the Christmas Market this year. It could be great fun, however – you are busy people. If we had to choose from blocks of time to present on Wednesday and/or Friday between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. what would work best for you and your choristers schedule? I’m just visioning at the moment nothing is set. Your feedback would be very helpful in creating something that is doable and fun. Potential presentations could involve all choristers at some point, but most likely not all at the same time.

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
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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:

October

October 16 (Friday) – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal for Boy Novices 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Drop off and pick up from the Music Room.

Sunday October 18 – MORNING: The Girls’ Choir with Adults Sings
9:45 Call for Senior Girl Choristers (REQUIRED)
10:00 Call for HS Singers
10:15 – 10:30 Call for Junior and Novice Girl Choristers (Optional)

No lunch or rehearsal today

Sunday October 18 – AFTERNOON: The Choir of Men and Boys Sing
2:45 CALL FOR ALL SENIOR BOYS (REQUIRED)
3:30 Call for all junior and novice boys to vest and process with Choir
Service at 4:00, all finished just around 5:00 p.m. (REQUIRED)

October 20 (Tuesday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior Boy Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

October 20 (Tuesday) – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal for Girl Novices 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Drop off and Pick up in the Music Room.

October 20 (Tuesday) – Tuesday Rehearsal for Boy
and Girl Junior Choristers 5:00 – 6:30, Drop off and Pick up in the Muisc Room.
EVENSONG CONTINUES TODAY

October 21 (Wednesday)– Regular Morning Rehearsal for Senior Girl Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

October 21 (Wednesday) NO After School Vocal Coaching today.

October 22 (Thursday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior and Junior Boy Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

October 22 (Thursday) After School Vocal Coaching. Sign up in advance for each session with PA. Music Office

October 23 (Friday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior and Junior Girl Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

October 23 (Friday) – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal for Boy Novices 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Drop off and pick up from the Music Room.

Sunday October 25 The Choir of Men and Boys
9:45 Call for Senior Boy Choristers (REQUIRED)
10:15 – 10:30 Call for Junior and Novice Boy Choristers (Optional)

Lunch after Church
1:00 – 3:00 Senior Boy Rehearsal
1:00 – 2:00 HS Singer Rehearsal

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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*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.