Greetings everyone, I hope you all had a gentle and fun first full week back in the swing of things.
How did the fall season get here so quickly?

What a great start up! The musical work has been so beautiful and the fellowship so much fun!

We have an amazing group of novice choristers coming together next week for their first novice rehearsals.

The Junior Choristers will also start and have their first rehearsals.

SCHEDULE CHANGE: it turned out that the best day for Novice boys is Friday after school. SO…….Friday after school vocal coaching is now on Thursdays! No worries or stress if Wednesdays or Thursdays don’t work for your senior chorister to have after school vocal coaching! There are always alternatives. Just email or talk with me and it will get worked out!

NEW DEVELOPMENT: We are exploring the opportunity for High School Age young people to be part of our choral offerings. We have talked about this for years. Several guidelines have inspired us: (1) We do not want to disturb the quality and tradition of our current offerings (2) The new offering needs to be inclusive of all High School age persons no matter what school they attend (3) We need to grow this new opportunity within the resources at hand while fulfilling this goal to develop a program that nurtures young people at this age in the Grace Church community. The Choir Steering Committee will be reviewing the plans for this new offering at their meeting in the coming week and more details will be communicated after that meeting as we see what might be accomplished. Again, this initiative will cause no change in any of our existing offerings or traditions. If you have any ideas or concerns or energy towards this you are invited to be involved!

SPECIAL SUNDAY: 21 September: The Girls’ Choir of the Episcopal Cathedral in Ottawa will join our Girls at the 11 a.m. service to offer the music that day. It’s going to be fun! They will also join us for lunch. Due to the number at lunch, it will take place in the GCS Dining Room rather than the music room. The Senior Girls will have their 1:00 – 3:00 rehearsal (perhaps starting a little late) as scheduled that day.

WELCOME NOVICE CHORISTERS and FAMILIES!
BOYS:
Kai Darrell
Oliver El Hadj
Reid Farrington
Xander Farrington
Charlie Head
Luke Owens
Owen Thomas

GIRLS:
Fiona Bell
Emelia Dempsey
Lucia DiDomenico
Beatrix Flynn
Celia Glover
Pia Glover
Catherine Gooding
Juliet Gray
Sydney Kim
Milly McAskin
Ellie Richards
Charlotte Wells

If you here of other children/families that wish to participate encourage them to contact me. It is never too late to join!

SCHEDULE WEEK OF 14 September:
Sunday 14 September: The Choir of Men and Boys singing
9:45 Call for Senior Boys (Requied)
10:15 Call for Junior Boys (Optional)
10:30 Call for Novice Boys (Optional)
Lunch after Church
1:00 – 3:00 Senior Soprano Boys Rehearsal (Required)

Tuesday 16 September:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Boys

Tuesday 16 September:
3:20 p.m. First Novice Girls Rehearsal until 4:30. Drop off and Pick up at the Music Room

Tuesday 16 September:
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. First Junior Boys and Girls Rehearsal. Drop off and Pick up at the Music Room,
Rehearsal in the Chantry. No Evensong until 7 October.

Wednesday 17 September:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Girls

Wednesday 17 September:
3:20 – 4:30 p.m. After School Vocal Coaching in the Music Office. Senior Choristers – please sign up
on the bulletin board, all welcome with parents permission.

Thursday 18 September:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Junior and Senior Boys

Thursday 18 September:
3:20 – 4:30 p.m. After School Vocal Coaching in the Music Office. Senior Choristers – please sign up
on the bulletin board, all welcome with parents permission.

Thursday 18 September:
6:00 p.m. Choir Steering Committee Meeting in the Reception Room.

Friday 19 September:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Junior and Senior Girls

Friday 19 September:
3:20 p.m. First Novice Boys Rehearsal until 4:30. Drop off and Pick up at the Music Room

Sunday 21 September: The Girls’ Choir with Adult singing joined by
The Girls’ Choir of the Episcopal Cathedral in Ottawa.
9:45 Call for Senior Girls (Requied)
10:15 Call for Junior Girls (Optional)
10:30 Call for Novice Girls (Optional)
Lunch after Church in the GCS Dining Room

Lunch for new HS Age Singers(Music Room)
1:00 – 2:00 New HS Age Singers Formative Rehearsal! The big moment!
1:00 – 3:00 Senior Soprano Girls Rehearsal (Required)

Have a great and safe weekend! Love, Patrick