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Season’s Greetings!

SENIOR GIRLS: DRESS REHEARSAL for the Britten CEREMONY OF CAROLS is tomorrow Saturday 10 December from 9:45 a.m. to noon. Please enter and depart from 802 Broadway.

Thank you all again for such a wonderful weekend last week. I am so proud of all the novices and juniors and their work and offerings! The party was so lovely and fun. Again, thank you for your kind words, embraces and gifts.

Would you join me in once again thanking the Merry Party Team!
Melinda Weir, Olivia Douglas and Mary Cannon.

MORNING: The Choir of Men and Boys 11 a.m.
Call for Seniors: 9:45 a.m. REQUIRED
Call for Novices/Juniors 10:15 a.m. Optional

AFTERNOON: The Girls’ Choir with Alumnae and Ladies from the Adult and Parish Choirs
Call for Senior Girls: 2:15 p.m. REQUIRED
Call for Novice and Junior Girls: 3:30: REQUIRED

All Novice and Junior Rehearsals and services are finished until 2017.
All Afternoon Choir Activities are completed until 2017.

Tuesday 7:00 a.m. – Senior Boys Rehearsal
Wednesday 7:00 a.m. – Senior Girls Rehearsal
Thursday 5:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Senior Boys and Girls Dress Rehearsal for Christmas Eve Carol Service
(This is the last choir rehearsal until Christmas Eve, please enter and exit from 802 Broadway)

THANK YOU to Dana Farrington, Cara Wall, Lisa Ivorian-Jones, Colbert Cannon, Meaghan Cheung, Dominique Schulte and Erik Sorensen for all your help to make the Community Carol Sing so lovely and fun.

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.

Thank you for all you do! Have a joyful and safe weekend,

Love, Patrick

The Choir Family News!
Friday 9 December 2016

Sunday 11 December 4:00 p.m. Special Advent Evensong featuring Britten’s
A CEREMONY OF CAROLS sung by the Girls’ Choir with ladies from the
adult and parish choirs – Required for all girl choristers.

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:

For entering 4th 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 grader might follow would depend on the child and their family.

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:

CLICK: login
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:


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

1. BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS: Bernstein, Chichester Psalms


• December

December 10 (Saturday) – Senior Girls – REQUIRED DRESS REHEARSAL for
Britten’s A CEREMONY OF CAROLS in the church, enter at 802 Broadway
9:45 a.m. until noon.

December 11 (Sunday) – The Choir of Men and Boys
Novices and Juniors – OPTIONAL
Call is 9:45 a.m. for Seniors
Call is 10;15 a.m. for Novices and Juniors
No lunch or afternoon rehearsal

December 11 (Sunday) – The Girls’ Choir
All Girl Choristers- REQUIRED
Call is 2:15 p.m. for Seniors
Call is 3:30 p.m. for Novices and Juniors
Service begins at 4:00 p.m. over around 5:00 p.m.

• December 13 (Tuesday) –Senior Boys, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• December 14 (Wednesday) –Senior Girls, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• December 15 (Thursday) –Dress Rehearsal for the 12/24 Carol Service
Please enter and exit from 802 Broadway.

• December 24 (Saturday) Christmas Eve
Call is 6:45 p.m.
Service is 8:00 p.m.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah!
Have beautiful and safe Holidays!

See you in 2017!

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

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.


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*The Goggle Choir Schedule Calendar Link:

*Sign Up Genius for Choir Parent Volunteer Sign Link:

*Accessing the Secure Choir Family Area of the Music Website:
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.