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Greetings everyone, Happy final Friday of September, Stay dry!

Welcome new choir members:
Ruby Schlachter in the 4th grade
Oliver Brown in the 2nd grade
It’s never too late to join!

THIS SUNDAY: The Choir of Men and Boys, All Senior Boys REQUIRED, Novice and Junior Boys Optional
9:45 Senior Choristers arrive
10:15 Novice and Junior Choristers arrive
Enter at 802 Broadway and come the back way as you did at camp to the Honor Room.
Do not come through the Church, a service will be taking place.
If you have not been vested yet, come 5 minutes early so we can get you fitted.

After the Service, lunch for Senior Choristers
1:00 – 3:00, Dress Rehearsal for all Senior Boys for Britten Evensong with the Adult Singers in the Church.
1:00 – 2:00, HS Singer Rehearsal in the Music Office – Communicate with Mr. Reed.

Repeated from Last week:
Creative Scheduling and Problem Solving:
Something for the think tank wise and very creative parents:
Everyone gets busier and busier, I don’t think it will ever grow less, most likely as time passes it will only increase, it seems to be the way in our “real time” world.
So……..we can’t look at old rehearsal/practice/musical training solutions for a structure – we need to be creative and find new ways to make sure it is possible for the choirs to continue to be healthy and renew. I’m convinced only by growing to a larger size than we have historically maintained that momentum and quality of offering will be healthy while members come and go from all the activities and commitments of contemporary life.

Remember – live into the spirit rather than the letter of the plan. Our solutions need to focus on quality rather than quantity of experience that leads to personal and musical growth for the individual and as a result the health of our community.

So…….keep talking, and suggesting and don’t assume an idea or solution can’t work.

Some of you have already told me of schedule difficulties – when your chorister must leave early and/or miss a rehearsal or Sunday Service or Tuesday Evensong – Can I suggest for trial – make up the lost experience by:
Attending another practice:
Novice and 3rd grade Junior Boys are welcome at the Thursday morning practice as make up, Girls on Friday morning.
Novice choristers are welcome on Tuesday at the 5:00 Junior Practice and Evensong.
Novice and Junior Choristers are welcome to sign up for After School Vocal Coaching.
4th grade and above Juniors can attend an hour or so of the Sunday afternoon Senior Practices.
Seniors can serve as mentors at any of the Novice and Junior Rehearsals and Services.
Pair with someone and ask for a special coaching.

My old teacher said “can’t never could” so let’s leave what isn’t possible behind and find and enjoy the possible and let our community flourish. To quote a great man: “never give up, never surrender!”

Sorry to go on so long, but I’ve been hearing a lot with concern about the intensity of our lives and spent quite a bit of time meditating on it this summer.

Please check the attached “newsletter” for other details and links.

Have a beautiful day
Love, P.

A Choir Family Newsletter!
Friday 28 September 2018

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 and 5th graders it is also not too late to join as new choristers, 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.

Note about third grade juniors: the third grade juniors will only attend the Tuesday rehearsal session from 5:00 – 6:30. Older juniors still also attend for boys, Thursday morning or girls, Friday morning practice.

This year we will have the second season for 2nd grade novices! Last year was a great success and these now third graders fast tracked themselves to junior level ahead of what I thought would happen. I am so proud of them.


Please locate a recording with your parents approval and listen to:
1. BOYS: Rejoice in the Lamb, B. Britten
3. BOTH: J.S. Bach Motet: “Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf” BWV 226
4. BOTH: Bernstein Chichester Psalms (I love the recording by the Wells Cathedral Choir)

THIS SUNDAY, SENIOR BOYS REQUIED, Optional for Novices and Juniors
Sunday 30 September
Senior Chorister Call is 9:45 a.m.
Novice and Junior Chorister Call is 10:15 a.m.

Lunch after Church, Senior Boys Dress Rehearsal with Adults from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
HS Singer Rehearsal from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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CHOIR SCHEDULES 2018 – 2019: REMEMBER Kathy’s Link to our Goggle Doc Schedules, they are ready to go for 2018-2019:
(If the heading still has 17 – 18, don’t worry, we are working on it)


• September 28 to 5 October

• Friday, September 28 (Friday) – After School Vocal Coaching in the Chantry. Use sign up genius to schedule:

• September 30 (Sunday) – Sunday Service-The Choir of Men and Boys

• Tuesday Mornings – 7:00 – 8:10 a.m. Senior Boy Rehearsal.
Breakfast Club in the Reception room

• Tuesday Afternoon, 3:20 – 4:30
After School Voice Coaching in the Chantry.

• Tuesday Afternoon – 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Junior Chorister Rehearsal and . Boy and Junior Choristers. (3rd and 4th grade girls, 3rd grade boys)
Evensong begins on 2 October 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Church.
First Evensong tonight!

• Wednesday Morning – 7:00 – 8:10 a.m. Senior Girl Rehearsal.
Breakfast Club in the Reception room

• Wednesday, September 26 Regular Afternoon Rehearsal Schedule for Girl Novices 3:00 – 4:15p.m.

• Thursday Morning – 7:00 – 8:10 a.m. Junior (4th grade) and Senior Boy Rehearsal.
Breakfast Club in the Reception room

• Thursday Afternoon – 3:00 to 4:15 pm. Novice (2nd grade)
Required for Boy Novices. Gather and dismiss in the Honor Room. Rehearse in the Chantry.

• Friday Morning – 7:00 – 8:10 a.m. Junior (4th grade) and Senior Girl Rehearsal.
Breakfast Club in the Reception room

• Friday Afternoon, 3:20 – 4:30
After School Voice Coaching in the Chantry.

• October 7 (Sunday) – Sunday Service- The Adult Choir

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

Wells Cathedral Choir—+Choir+of+Wells+Cathedral&c=3&sigr=11ac3plli&sigt=11jlvlhgk&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b—+Choir+of+Wells+Cathedral&c=10&sigr=11aigreat&sigt=11pa650ni&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b;_ylt=Aj1K1PW2VDs1RKVFJfzbu2uevZx4?p=you+tube+wells+cathedral+choir&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-901&fp=1—+Wells+Cathedral+Choir&c=0&sigr=11au0j7su&sigt=1207t1bd2&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

St. John’s College Cambridge, A Guest in Cambridge

Salisbury Cathedral

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


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