Thank you for all your good wishes over the past couple of days. I’m 80%better and back in the saddle. Don’t catch it. I hope all who have been under the weather are on the mend and feeling better also.

THIS SUNDAY 4 February: The Choir of Men and Boys
REQUIRED FOR SENIOR BOYS
Optional for all Old (4th and 5th grade) and New (2nd and 3rd grade) Juniors.
Call time: 9:45 a.m. in the Chantry/Honor Room
11:00 Service to end about 12:20 p.m.
Lunch in the Honor Room following the service and Rehearsal for
all Senior Boys from 1:00 – 3:00 in the Chantry

A 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.
Important Links:
Kathy’s Special Goggle Calendar – Choir Schedule Link Page: http://www.gchoirsched.info/schedules.html
Sign up Genius for Choir Parent Helpers: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040B4CA9A72DA64-choir3
Remember always ask lots of questions! and it is never too late for recruiting!
Be safe, and enjoy this special weekend! I am so grateful to you all for everything you do and support and for the beauty the choristers create.
all my love, Patrick
Choir Family News
Saturday 3 February 2018
THIS SUNDAY 4 February: The Choir of Men and Boys
REQUIRED FOR SENIOR BOYS
Optional for all Old (4th and 5th grade) and New (2nd and 3rd grade) Juniors.
Call time: 9:45 a.m. in the Chantry/Honor Room
11:00 Service to end about 12:20 p.m.
Lunch in the Honor Room following the service and Rehearsal for
all Senior Boys from 1:00 – 3:00 in the Chantry

NEXT SUNDAY 11 February: The Girls’ Choir with Adults and HS Singers.
With Lunch and afternoon rehearsal for all Senior Girls

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 and 5th 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 or 5th grader might follow would depend on the child and their family.

This year we will have a trial season for 2nd grade novices! These brave 2nd graders will remain novices the entire year and have their whiting at the normal time in their 3rd grade year. The pioneer class is smart and strong. It will be very exciting to have them in the choirs.

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.
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040B4CA9A72DA64-choir3

HOMEWORK FOR SENIOR CHORISTERS:

Please locate a recording with your parents approval and listen to:
1. BOYS: Rejoice in the Lamb, B. Britten
2. GIRLS: A CEREMONY OF CAROLS, B. Britten
3. BOTH: J.S. Bach Motet: “Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf” BWV 226
WEBSITE: www.gracechurchnyc.org
CLICK: MUSIC
CLICK: login
User Name: helfenstein
Password: Stanfordlives1894

CHOIR SCHEDULES 2017 – 2018: REMEMBER Kathy’s Link to our Goggle Doc Schedules, they are ready to go for 2017-2018:
http://www.gchoirsched.info/schedules.html

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:

• February 6 (Tuesday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal. Senior Boys, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• February 6 (Tuesday) – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal Schedule for Girl Novices / New Juniors 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

• February 6 (Tuesday) – Tuesday Rehearsal for Boy and Girl Old Junior Choristers 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. EVENSONG BEGINS AGAIN, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Church.

• February 7 (Wednesday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal. Senior Girls, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• February 7 (Wednesday) After School Vocal Coaching. Sign up in advance for each session with PA. CHANTRY

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

• February 8 (Thursday) After School Vocal Coaching. Sign up in advance for each session with PA. CHANTRY

• February 9 (Friday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior and Old Junior Girl Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• February 9 (Friday) – – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal for Boy Novices/ New Juniors 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

• February 11, Sunday Service, The Girls’ Choir with HS Singers and Adults
Lunch and Rehearsal after church for all Senior Girls, ending 3:00 p.m.

• February 11, HS Singers Rehearsal, 1:00 – 2:00, Music Office

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
“All Bells in Paradise”
“O Holy Night”

Wells Cathedral Choir
“God is Gone Up”(Finzi) — Choir of Wells Cathedral
“The Twelve Days of Christmas” – Choir of Wells Cathedral
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Choir of Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral Choir – General Search

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

Salisbury Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral Choir : Sanctus (Walter Alcock)
The Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral Part2 – 2007

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.

Have a wonderful safe remainder of the summer! The rain has stopped, the Swan has moved on to another boat and it’s time to head to the market for the shopping.

With all my love and anticipation of a great new season, Patrick

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-choir3

*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.