Greetings Parents of AMAZING Choristers!

YOU HAVE TALENTED CHILDREN! What a great week!

It’s been such a great year so far and this week has been full of hard work, great accomplishment and much growth.

As a result, I am reversing what I said as the year began and would like to “White” – promote – ALL the NOVICE choristers to “Junior” on Sunday at the Concert.

This action will not effect their choir schedule in any way during this school term. Time and dates of your commitments remain the same.

If you have any concern about this change or questions, please contact me as soon as you can.

The plan if there are no objections is to let the children know at the end of rehearsal tomorrow – Saturday.

NOW HERE GOES THE CONFUSING PART:

Some of you may be aware that our Senior Boy Ensemble is on the small side with a third of them graduating in June.
I really need to make an adjustment for this.
SO I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER:

1. All Current Junior Boy Choristers will be invited to audition for Senior.

2. Nothing against the Girls, they are wonderful – but their numbers are balanced and healthy in each training group, so only the Current 5th grade Junior Girls will be invited to audition for Senior. Current 4th Grade Junior Girls will remain Juniors for one more year and receive their invitation on schedule a year from this spring.

3. All Current Third Grade Boys will also be invited to audition for Senior. We really need Boys in the Senior Group. The repertoire next season will be adjusted age and voice appropriate and we will grow back into our senior rhythm and repertoire as is appropriate.

4. All Current Second Grade Boys will move into the current program’s Junior Schedule in September.

5. All Current Second and Third Grade Girl’s will move into the current programs Junior Schedule in September.

For the Current Second Grade (Boys and Girls), the Third Grade Boys and Junior Boys in the 4th Grade – these options are …..optional as it is a surprise and will change what you may have thought would be the choir schedule. I have given a basic summary down below of the week so you can see how it paces at each level. If you choose, your chorister can remain on the standard schedule and progress slower and with the schedules you may have learned and come to expect.

For the Current Fifth Grade, Girls and Boys should be planning to become Seniors.

The Senior Audition is always based on the repertoire mastered for the Treble Concert – in this year’s situation, the concert they will sing on Sunday afternoon. They have already prepared the audition by the work this week and polishing up on Sunday for the Concert.

I’m sending this to the whole community so everyone can know what I’m proposing and be on board. Don’t be shy! Your feed back and questions help solve programs and make us stronger and better in every way.

Have a great afternoon and thank you so much for all you do and make possible.
Love, Patrick

Novice Girls Schedule: Rehearse Tuesday after school until 4:30, occasional Sundays.
Annual Concert

Novice Boys Schedule: Rehearse Friday after school until 4:30, occasional Sundays.
Annual Concert

Junior Girls Schedule: Rehearse Tuesday 5:00 – 6:30 (occasional Evensongs on Tuesday 6:00 – 6:30 and
Rehearse Friday morning with Seniors 7:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m. and occasional Sundays
Annual Concert

Junior Boys Schedule: Rehearse Tuesday 5:00 – 6:30 (occasional Evensongs on Tuesday 6:00 – 6:30 and
Rehearse Thursday morning with Seniors 7:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m. and occasional Sundays
Annual Concert

Senior Girls Schedule: Rehearse Wednesday and Friday mornings 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.
Approximately 2 Sunday mornings a month followed by lunch and rehearsal 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve, Easter Day and other occasional special projects.
Annual Concert, Concert Tour to Europe.

Senior Boys Schedule: Rehearse Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.
Approximately 2 Sunday mornings a month followed by lunch and rehearsal 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve, Easter Day and other occasional special projects.
Annual Concert, Concert Tour to Europe.

Patrick Allen, Organist and Master of Choristers
Grace Church in New York
802 Broadway
New York, NY 10003 USA
212.254.2004

Organist, Chapel of the Good Shepherd
The General Theological Seminary

www.gracechurchnyc.org
www.patrickjamesallen.com
www.gts.edu