*CHOIR TOUR INFORMATION:

UPDATES since Thanksgiving….
1. If you haven’t paid your first deposit please get it to PA by December 10th or check in with him.
2. If you want to buy into the air package through Peter’s Way we need to know by 10 December so we can confirm the persons and block of seats for that flight.
3. If your chorister is traveling alone on the trip we need to know three things:
a. Have you assigned them to a choir family going on the trip for travel and chaperoning?
b. Will they need someone assigned to chaperone them (not a problem, we are just counting right now to plan)
c. Will they be buying the air package? (any chorister being chaperoned by staff will need to buy into the air package and travel with the staff)

Old Information:
We have made our goal of 50 participants and have filled the bus so to speak! Enrollment is basically closed, but if you are still thinking about your chorister attending haven’t said anything now it the time while we might be able to still be creative.
The First Deposit is due on 1 December in the amount of $500.00 for each person going on the tour.
Please make your check out to GRACE CHURCH IN NEW YORK, Memo: Choir Tour Deposit One and list who it is for. These checks should be given to P. Allen.
If you have not done so and would like to request financial aid for your chorister, please talk with P. Allen.
Please indicate on your deposit whether your chorister and or family member will purchase the group air travel package so we can plan for that. If you do not indicate this we will assume you are making your own travel arrangements to and from France.
The work in progress Itinerary is attached to this email. Have a look, be ready to chime in with your thoughts after Thanksgiving. We will want your feedback.

*SUNDAY MORNING: Novice and Junior Choristers Lead the Service from the Choir Stalls!
9:45 a.m. Call in the Music Room. 11:00 a.m. Service. Finished around 12:20 p.m.

*Novice and Junior Choirs are finished for 2014 after the Sunday Morning Service on December 7 and the Community Carol Sing on December 10th. After the Boys practice tomorrow no more Novice or Junior Rehearsals until January. Stay healthy! Don’t overdo!

*GCS PLAY: All Choristers in the play have the option to sleep in on Tuesday and Wednesday Morning – please have fun and be healthy!

*ALL Senior Girls, please get a recording of Britten A CEREMONY OF CAROLS if you have already not done so and listen to it each day (it’s not long) and get it into yourself as we get ready for the 14th. It’s coming fast and you are doing so much. A little daily listening will help you relax into it and enjoy it more.
*NO AFTERSCHOOL VOCAL COACHING ON WEDNESAY 10 December. The Last After School Coaching is Thursday 11 December in the Music Office after School.

*THE ANNUAL CHOIR CHRISTMAS PARTY TAKES PLACE SUNDAY 7 DECEMBER in the GCS Dining Room. Plan to attend, please respond to the sign up list and to the e vite that was sent to everyone. It’s not too late to sign up and RSVP! Ho Ho HO!

*COMMUNITY CAROL SING – All the Choristers attending GCS will be released from school on Wednesday 10 December to have a festive “Pie” Pizza Lunch in the Chantry followed by the offering of a Carol Sing in the Church from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help set up the event, serve lunch and clean up. Please let PA know if you are able to help.

Bring family, friends and colleagues for this thirty minute moving time in the church to sing favorite carols of the season with the choristers. Wednesday 10 December at 12:15 p.m.

*AS THE YEAR IS COMING TO AN END…please look 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.

*THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE:

Sunday 7 December: NOVICE & JR CHORISTERS SING TODAY,
The Choir of Men and Boys with The Girls’ Choir
REQUIRED FOR ALL NOVICES AND JUNIORS!
Senior Choristers not involved in the GCS Play are most welcome to sing as mentors!

Dress Code for Services and Offerings. Appropriate Sunday clothes with dark shoes
• Boys. Dark dress shoes (no sneakers) with dark socks, white collared shirt and tie, black or navy pants (no khaki)
• Girls. Black or navy dress shoes (no sneakers, open-toed shoes, sandals, clogs or flip flops), white, black or navy socks or tights or nude-colored hose, dress or skirt that is appropriate for church, no collar showing above the cassock except a simple white collar, no noticeable hair ornaments

9:45 Call for All Choristers (Required for Novices and Juniors)
11:00 The Morning Service Begins, it will end around 12:20 p.m.

4:00 p.m. Advent Lessons and Carols in the Church, The Adult Choir Singing.

6:00 p.m. The Annual Choir Christmas Party in the GCS Dining Room!

Tuesday 9 December:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Boys

Wednesday 10 December:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Girls

Wednesday 3 December:
11:00 a.m. Choristers eat Pizza in the Chantry
12:15 p.m. Community Carol Sing in the Church!

Thursday 11 December:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Boys

Thursday 11 December:
After School Vocal Coaching today in the music office, 3:20 – 4:30 p.m. This is the final one for 2014.

Friday 12 December:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Girls

Saturday 13 December:
Dress Rehearsal for All Senior Girls in the Church for:
Britten, A CEREMONY OF CAROLS
9:45 a.m. to noon.
Enter 802 Broadway

Sunday 14 December: The Choir of Men and Boys

9:45 Call for Senior Choristers (Required for Seniors)
10:15/10:30 Call for Juniors (Optional)
11:00 The Morning Service Begins, it will end around 12:20 p.m.

2:45 Call/Warm up for all Senior Girls
2330 Call for Junior and Novice Girls
Required for all Girl Choristers
4:00 Service (ending about 5:10 p.m.)

ONGOING INFORMATION SOURCES:

*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-choir/11611445

*Accessing the Secure Choir Family Area of the Music Website:
www.gracechurchnyc.org
CLICK: MUSIC
CLICK: login
User Name: helfenstein
Password: iheartch0ir (0 is a zero)

*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.