Happy Day of Twelfth Night, the last day of Christmas and Joyous New Year! I hope everyone is having a wonderful winter holiday. It’s cold and very white with snow here in New York. If you are traveling, be safe!
THIS SUNDAY 7 January: The Adult Choir
THIS SUNDAY AT 4:00 p.m. Anna Sorensen will be Amahl, in the offering of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors in the Church by the Adult Choir, it’s free and really special, bring the whole family, friends and neighbors!
NEXT SUNDAY 14 January: The Adult Choir (MLK Jr Holiday)
Due to the MLK Jr. Holiday, there is no Novice Boys Rehearsal on 12 January. It isn’t required, but the boys are welcome at the Novice Girls Rehearsal on Tuesday 9 January after school to help prepare for the project the following week and after such a long holiday.
SAVE THE WEEK! NOVICE and JUNIOR CHORISTERS and all those Senior’s who can be Mentors – Dr. Rose will be with us for the 10th Anniversary – The Tenth Annual Concert of Music for Treble Voices. It’s going to be very special. New Families this is one to get ready for as the time demands are big and very important.
I’ve attached an article I wrote about him several years ago so you will have some background on Dr. Rose and why he is with us to do this special musical project.
Rehearsal Schedule for the Tenth Annual Concert of Music for Treble Voices with Dr. Barry Rose January 16 – 21, 2018
Required for all Novice and Junior Choristers
Tuesday:
3:20 – 4:30 Third Grade Choristers
5:00 – 6:30 Fourth and Fifth Grade Choristers
Wednesday to Friday
All Novice and Junior Choristers
3:20 – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:45 – Noon
Dress Rehearsal for Concert – All Choristers
Sunday Call at 2:15, Concert at 4:00
Senior Choristers should attend and listen!
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 the holiday’s, Season’s GREETINGS!
all my love, Patrick

Choir Family News
Sunday, 5 January 2018

THIS SUNDAY
THIS SUNDAY 7 January: The Adult Choir
NEXT SUNDAY 14 January: The Adult Choir (MLK Jr Holiday)

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
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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

NEXT WEEK’S SCHEDULE:

• January 7 Sunday Service, Sunday Service -The Adult Choir (9)

• January 7 Choral Evensong with offering of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. 4:00 p.m. in the church. Anna Sorensen as Amahl!

• January 9 (Tuesday) – Rehearsals begin for Spring Term, Tuesday afternoon rehearsal Begins Today for Girl Novices and Boy and Girl Junior Choristers, No Evensong until January 31st.

• January 9 (Tuesday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal. Senior Boys, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• January 9 (Tuesday) – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal Schedule for Girl Novices 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Novice boys are welcome

• January 9 (Tuesday) – Tuesday Rehearsal for Boy and Girl Junior Choristers 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Chantry. NO EVENSONG.

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

• January 10 (Wednesday) After School Vocal Coaching begins for 2016
Sign up in advance for each session with PA. CHANTRY

• January 11 (Thursday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior and Junior Boy Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• January 11 (Thursday) NO After School Vocal Coaching today.

• January 12 (Friday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior and Junior Girl Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• January 12 (Friday) No Novice Boys Rehearsal today, holiday weekend.

• January 14 Sunday Service, Sunday Service-The Adult Choir (9).

UPCOMING WEEKS SO YOU CAN LOOK AHEAD, IT’S BUSY

• January 16 (Tuesday) Rehearsals with Dr. Barry Rose for all Junior and Novice Choristers
3:20 – 4:30, Third Grade Chorister Rehearsal, Chantry
5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorister Rehearsal
Reserve Chantry/Church from 2:30 – 7:00 P.M.. No Evensong tonight.

• January 17 (Wednesday) Reserve Church/Chantry from 2:30 to 5:00 for special Chorister Rehearsal with Dr. Barry Rose. (3:20 – 5:00 p.m.)

• January 18 (Thursday) No morning Rehearsal for Junior Choristers

• January 18 (Thursday) Reserve Church/Chantry from 2:30 to 5:00 for special Chorister Rehearsal with Dr. Barry Rose. (3:20 – 5:00 p.m.)

• January 19 (Friday) No morning Rehearsal for Junior Choristers

• January 19 (Friday) Choir Steering Committee Meeting 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
Reception Room 8:00 – 9:30 a.m..

• January 19 (Friday) Reserve Church/Chantry 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. for special Chorister Rehearsal with Dr. Barry Rose. (3:20 – 5:00 p.m.)

• January 20 (Saturday) Reserve Church and Music Room from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for special Chorister Rehearsal with Barry Rose. (9:45 – noon).

• January 21 – Sunday Service with The Girls’ Choir with Adults (6)
No lunch or afternoon rehearsal today.

4:00 p.m. The Juniors Tenth Annual Treble Music Concert with Dr. Barry
Rose. Whiting of Novices. Required for all Choristers. (Juniors Sing,
Seniors Listen) REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE 
Reserve Church from after 11 a.m. service to 5:30 p.m.
Reserve Tuttle Hall for post concert social 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

• January 28, Sunday Service, The Junior Choristers with Adults. (9)
No lunch or rehearsal after church today

SAVE THE WEEK! NOVICE and JUNIOR CHORISTERS and all those Senior’s who can be Mentors – Dr. Rose will be with us for the 10th Anniversary – The Tenth Annual Concert of Music for Treble Voices. It’s going to be very special. New Families this is one to get ready for as the time demands are big and very important.

Rehearsal Schedule for the Tenth Annual Concert of Music for Treble Voices with Dr. Barry Rose January 16 – 21, 2018
Required for all Novice and Junior Choristers

SENIOR MENTORS ARE NEEDED
and it’s good for you too!

Tuesday:
3:20 – 4:30 Third Grade Choristers
5:00 – 6:30 Fourth and Fifth Grade Choristers

Wednesday to Friday
All Novice and Junior Choristers
3:20 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:45 – Noon
Dress Rehearsal for Concert – All Choristers

Sunday Call at 2:15, Concert at 4:00

Senior Choristers should attend and listen!

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
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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.