Greetings everyone, I hope you have had a wonderful Spring Break.
It’s pouring rain here at the church and just this morning a big manhole cover blew up and caught fire at Broadway and 12th street – never dull.

NEXT TWO WEEKS: Special Schedules due to the reentry from spring break and then – Holy Week and Easter! See attached or goggle cal.

OLD JUNIORS – All but two of the 5th grade girls have passed their senior auditions – CONGRATULATIONS! And, those two girls who have not had time yet for their auditions – are on their way. We have never been so organized or ahead with the auditions – thank you so much. (Girls in the 5th grade, it’s time to start scheduling your audition for senior chorister! I’m really looking forward to hearing you all. The best times are Wednesday and Thursday after School. It takes about 50 minutes.)

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.

If you are traveling, be safe and have a lovely weekend. See you all next week!
Love, P.

The Choir Family News!
Friday 31 March 2017

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 season has begun. Letters are in the process of being mailed to the current second through fourth grades at GCS. If you know someone who doesn’t attend GCS who should receive a letter, please let PA know.

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
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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:

Amazing Pronuciation Guide on YouTube for Bernstein Chichester Psalms:

Movement 1

Movemment 2

Movement 3

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

1. BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS: Bernstein, Chichester Psalms

WEEK of April 2nd’s SCHEDULE

– only morning rehearsals – no afternoon activities.

• April 4 (Tuesday) –Senior Boys, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• April 5 (Wednesday) –Senior Girls, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• April 6 (Thursday) –Senior and Junior Boy Choristers, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

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

• April 9 Palm Sunday Service, -The Girls’ Choir with Adults
(SENIORS REQUIRED)

9:45 Call Senior Choristers (REQUIRED)
Novices (New Juniors) and Juniors (Optional)
11:00 Service

HS Singer Rehearsal in Music Room 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

HOLY WEEK – of April 9th’s SCHEDULE
Senior Boys and Girls are welcome to attend any or all rehearsals this week preparing for Easter and the Spring Concert. NO REHEARSAL ON GOOD FRIDAY!

NO Junior Choristers this week.

• – only morning rehearsals – no afternoon activities.

• April 11 (Tuesday) –Senior Boys, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• April 12 (Wednesday) –Senior Girls, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• April 13 (Thursday) –Senior Boy Choristers, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• April 15 (Saturday) –REHEARSAL FOR EASTER DAY, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
REQUIRED FOR ALL SENIOR CHORISTERS
Please enter at 802 Broadway.

• April 16 (Sunday) –EASTER DAY!

8:00 Call for all Senior Choristers in the Music Room
REQUIRED FOR ALL SENIORS

9:00 Service in the Church

10:00 Annual Choir Easter Breakfast for all choir families!

11:00 Service in the Church

WEEK of April 16th’s SCHEDULE – FULL REGULAR SCHEDULE RESUMES.

• April 18 (Tuesday) –Senior Boys, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.
SENIOR GIRLS are WELCOME TO ATTEND since we don’t
have practice on Wednesday
• April 18 (Tuesday) – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal for Girl Novices(New Juniors)
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL FROM THE HONOR ROOM

• April 18 (Tuesday) – 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Rehearsal for Boy and Girl Junior
Choristers
EVENSONG TODAY. 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Church.
DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL FROM THE HONOR ROOM

• April 19 (Wednesday) –NO CHOIR ACTIVITIES TODAY

• April 20 (Thursday) –Senior and Junior Boy Choristers
7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

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

• April 21 (Friday) – Senior and Junior Girl Choristers
7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• April 21 (Friday) – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal Boy Novices 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
(New Juniors) DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL FROM THE HONOR ROOM.

• April 23 Sunday Service, Sunday Service-Choir of Men and Boys (SENIORS REQUIRED)
9:45 Call Senior Choristers (REQUIRED)
Novices (New Juniors) and Juniors (Optional)
11:00 Service

Senior Treble Rehearsal and Lunch after church until 3:00 p.m.
SENIOR GIRLS ARE WELCOME TO THIS REHEARSAL to
prepare more for the Spring Concert!

HS Singer Rehearsal in Music Room 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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
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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 ye