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Greetings all, enjoy this bright chilly day! I hope you all had a lovely and fun snow day yesterday,

THIS SUNDAY: Girls’ Choir with Adults SENIORS REQUIRED / Juniors (Optional)

NEXT THURSDAY 16 February: Junior Boys sleep in.

NEXT THURSDAY 16 February: SENIOR GIRLS Come to the morning practice so we can take the Senior Portrait. We will use this for concert tour promotion in the summer of 2018.


MONDAY & TUESDAY 20 & 21 February: President’s Weekend Holiday, NO CHOIR ACTIVITIES

OLD JUNIORS – 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.

NOW SENIORS, it’s time to get your concert material prepared – it needs to be finished and ready to go prior to Spring Break in March.

Parents I’ve put three thinks to an amazing pronunciation guide for the Bernstein piece in the attached newsletter. Please give them to your senior chorister to use. It will help them learn the Hebrew and offer the pieces with greater confidence.

Just a few notes as we move into the second half of the season 🙂

1. The Novices are now called NEW JUNIORS.

2. The NEW JUNIOR SCHEDULE does not change at all. The time and day commitments remain the same to support all the complicated schedules that we all live through.

3. In a week or so, the 5th grade Juniors will get their invitation to audition for Senior Chorister. DON’T WORRY! They know the music already, it is not something they must be coached on or need special preparation for. The concert Sunday was the climax of that preparation. DON’T WORRY about rushing to schedule their appointment, we have all the way until Mother’s Day to do it.

4. The fifth graders becoming Senior Choristers for 2017-2018 will be promoted to Senior on Mother’s Day. Sometimes one or two are away visiting grandparents. They will be promoted in spirit.

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.

Have a great afternoon and thank you again, love, Patrick

The Choir Family News!
Friday 10 February 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 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:


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


• February 2017

• February 10 (Friday) – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal Boy Novices 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

• February 12 Sunday Service, Sunday Service-The Girls Choir with Adults (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.

• February 14 (Tuesday) –Senior Boys, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• February 14 (Tuesday) – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal for Girl Novices(New Juniors)

• February 14 (Tuesday) – 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Rehearsal for Boy and Girl Junior
EVENSONG TODAY. 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Church

• February 15 (Wednesday) –Senior Girls, 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• February 15 (Wednesday) After School Vocal Coaching.
Sign up in advance for each session. 3:20 – 4:30 p.m.

• February 16 (Thursday) –Senior Boy and GIRL Choristers
7:00 – 8:10 a.m. ANNUAL PORTRAIT DAY

• February 16 (Thursday) After School Vocal Coaching.
Sign up in advance for each session. 3:20 – 4:30 p.m.

• February 10 (Friday) –NO CHOIR ACTIVITIES TODAY

• February 19 Sunday Service, The Adult Choir, Choristers on Holiday

• February 20 and 21, Presidents Weekend Holiday,

• February 22 Wednesday, Choir Activities resume regular schedule.

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.


*Like us on FACEBOOK! Music at Grace Church in New York

*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