Dear Choir Families,

What an amazing week with Dr. Rose! We are all excited about the promotion of the Novices to Juniors and the beautiful concert we will experience on Sunday at 4:00! Thank you for all your hard work and organization to make this week possible. The choristers are growing in every way, I am so proud of them all.

Will you join me in thanking in advance Olivia Douglas and Julie McAskin for organizing us all for the beautiful reception that will follow the Concert in Tuttle Hall!
and thank yourselves in advance for all each of you are doing to support them with resources, work and yummy things.

Just a few notes as we move into the second half of the season 🙂

1. After Sunday the Novices are now called NEW JUNIORS.

2. The NEW JUNIOR SCHEDULE does not change at all. The time and day commitments remain the same to support all the complicated schedules that we all live through.

3. In a week or so, the 5th grade Juniors will get their invitation to audition for Senior Chorister. DON’T WORRY! They know the music already, it is not something they must be coached on or need special preparation for. The concert Sunday was the climax of that preparation. DON’T WORRY about rushing to schedule their appointment, we have all the way until Mother’s Day to do it.

4. The fifth graders becoming Senior Choristers for 2017-2018 will be promoted to Senior on Mother’s Day. Sometimes one or two are away visiting grandparents. They will be promoted in spirit.

5. THIS SUNDAY IS THE SECOND JUNIOR SUNDAY of the Season! If your 5th grader is away on the ski trip this weekend, please let me know.

THIS IS A REQUIRED SUNDAY FOR ALL JUNIORS (3rd through 5th grade), unless they are on the ski trip.

CALL/WARM UP is 9:45 in the Music Room
Service is 11:00 a.m. in the Church ending around 12:20 p.m.

6. Our third and final JUNIOR SUNDAY comes in May.

7. HOLY COMMUNION will be offered this Sunday at 11 a.m.
Some notes…… 🙂
* All baptized Christians are invited, the Episcopal Church welcomes every tradition.
* No one is forced to have communion, that is a decision each family makes on their own.
* Please talk with your chorister about Holy Communion and what you would like them to do.
* If you do not want your child to take communion, just let them know this and ask them to cross their arms over their chest when they go to the communion rail.
The priest will smile and give them a blessing, but not give them communion.
We ask all the children to go to the communion rail for the traffic flow.
* The congregation at Grace respects all faith traditions or the decision not to practice a faith tradition and is thankful that you allow your child to be part of the choir.
Please feel no pressure, each person must make their own choices about their beliefs.
We just ask that the choristers respect where they are and what is going on, and that their “job” is leading/offering music in this house of prayer.
*Please ask questions, I love them and it helps me support you and your children.

Have a great afternoon and thank you again, love, Patrick

The Choir Family News!
Friday 20 January 2017

What an amazing week with Dr. Rose! We are all excited about the promotion of the Novices to Juniors and the beautiful concert we will experience on Sunday at 4:00! Thank you for all your hard work and organization to make this week possible.

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 20 (Friday) –– SPECIAL 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

• January24 (Tuesday) –Senior Boys, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• January 24 (Tuesday) – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal for Girl Novices (New Juniors)
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL FROM THE HONOR ROOM

• January 24 (Tuesday) – Tuesday Rehearsal for Boy and Girl Junior Choristers
NO EVENSONG TODAY. 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL FROM THE HONOR ROOM

• January 25 (Wednesday) –Senior Girls, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• January 25 (Wednesday) After School Vocal Coaching.
Sign up in advance for each session. 3:20 – 4:30 p.m.

• January 26 (Thursday) –Senior and Junior Boy Choristers
7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• January 26 (Thursday) After School Vocal Coaching.
Sign up in advance for each session. 3:20 – 4:30 p.m.

• January 27 (Friday) –Senior and Junior Girl Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• January 27 (Friday) – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal Boy Novices 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
(New Juniors) DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL FROM THE HONOR ROOM.

• January 29 Sunday Service, Sunday Service-ALL NOVICE (NEW JUNIORS) and JUNIOR CHORISTERS (REQUIRED) with Adults
9:45 Call All Choristers
Novices (New Juniors) and Juniors (REQUIRED)
Seniors (Optional as mentors)
11:00 Service

No afternoon rehearsals today

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 che