Dear Choir Families,

HAPPY SNOWY FRIDAY! I hope you are warm and cozy and safe and sound!

Bravo Ian Rotheroe for a wonderful and very moving offering of Amahl and the Night Visitors with The Adult Choir!

Thank you for all your understanding this week with the schedule as the new term began. I am so grateful to you all!

Dr. Max van Egmond has arrived safely and will offer a Master Class for the Senior Boy Soprano Choristers on Sunday 11 January from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. All Senior Girls are invited and encouraged to attend, but it is optional for you!
Dr. van Egmond will also give a coaching at After School Coaching on Wednesday for those choristers who can attend – in the Music Office.

For information about Dr. van Egmond, here is a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_van_Egmond

Choir Steering Committee will have its Winter Meeting in the Reception Room from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Thursday 15 January.

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Dr. Barry Rose is packing and getting ready to be with us, just as Professor van Egmond departs!
Novice and Junior Families this is our annual special intense week of work. Please ask lots of questions but here is the summary for your planning:

• January 20 (Tuesday) Rehearsal with Dr. Barry Rose for all Junior and Novice Choristers 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., No Evensong tonight.

• January 21 (Wednesday) 3:20 to 5:00, Special Chorister Rehearsal with Dr. Barry Rose.

• January 22 (Thursday) No morning Rehearsal for Junior Choristers

• January 22 (Thursday) 3:20 to 5:00 Special Chorister Rehearsal with Dr. Barry Rose.

• January 23 (Friday) No morning Rehearsal for Junior Choristers

• January 23 (Friday) 3:20 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Special Chorister Rehearsal with Dr. Barry Rose.

• January 24 (Saturday) 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Special Chorister Rehearsal with Barry Rose (Concert Dress Reh). Please enter at 802 Broadway as the school is closed.

• January 25 – Sunday Service with The Choir of Girls and Adults (6)
No lunch or afternoon rehearsal today.

4:00 p.m. The Juniors Seventh Annual Treble Music Concert with Dr. Barry
Rose. Whiting of Novices. Required for all Choristers. (Juniors Sing,
Seniors Listen)
2:45 p.m. Call for everyone singing in the Concert
Reception to follow in Tuttle Hall.
• Please enter at 802 Broadway as the school is closed.

The 4th Grade Play is scheduled for Tuesday 24 February at 6:00 p.m. The same time as our Evensong Service. All fourth graders at GCS will be excused from rehearsal and Evensong that night, for planning purposes, I need to know who will be able to participate in the rehearsal and Evensong that night. As soon as you can, please let me know – both 4th and 5th grade. Will sports be going on that evening for 5th grade?

*CHOIR TOUR INFORMATION: Please get your deposits in! We will be ramping up into high gear now to prepare the music and details of the tour.

UPDATES since Thanksgiving….
1. If you haven’t paid your first deposit please get it to PA asap or check in with him.
2. If you want to buy into the air package through Peter’s Way we need to know asap so we can confirm the persons and block of seats for that flight.
3. If your chorister is traveling alone on the trip we need to know three things:
a. Have you assigned them to a choir family going on the trip for travel and chaperoning?
b. Will they need someone assigned to chaperone them (not a problem, we are just counting right now to plan)
c. Will they be buying the air package? (any chorister being chaperoned by staff will need to buy into the air package and travel with the staff)

Old Information:
The First Deposit is due in the amount of $500.00 for each person going on the tour.
Please make your check out to GRACE CHURCH IN NEW YORK, Memo: Choir Tour Deposit One and list who it is for. These checks should be given to P. Allen.
If you have not done so and would like to request financial aid for your chorister, please talk with P. Allen.
Please indicate on your deposit whether your chorister and or family member will purchase the group air travel package so we can plan for that. If you do not indicate this we will assume you are making your own travel arrangements to and from France.
The work in progress Itinerary is attached to this email. Have a look, be ready to chime in with your thoughts in the New Year. We will want your feedback.

*AS THE YEAR IS COMING TO AN END…please look 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.

*THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE:

Sunday 4 January at 11 a.m. The Adult Choir

SUNDAY 11 January at 11:00 a.m. in the Church
The Choir of Men and Boys
9:45 Call for Senior Boys (required)
10:15 Call for Junior Boys (optional)
10:30 Call for Novice Boys (optional)

After Church Lunch and Rehearsal for Senior Treble Boys until 3:00 (required)
This rehearsal will be a vocal master class with Dr. Max van Egmond.
All Senior Girls are encouraged and invited to attend, 1:00 – 3:00 in the Chantry.
(It is not required for senior girls)
Dr. van Egmond will also be coaching during after school vocal coaching on Wednesday this week.

Tuesday 13 January
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Boys

Tuesday 13 January
3:20 p.m. Novice Girls Rehearsal until 4:30. Drop off and Pick up at the Music Room

Tuesday 13 January
5:00 Junior Boy and Girls Choristers Rehearsal ending at 6:30 p.m.
Evensong is on Recess until February after the Concert and the President’s Weekend Holiday

Wednesday 14 January
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Girls

Wednesday 14 January
After School Vocal Coaching in the Music Office, 3:20 – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday 15 January
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Junior and Senior Boys

Thursday 15 January
After School Vocal Coaching in the Music Office, 3:20 – 4:30 p.m.

Friday 16 January
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Junior and Senior Girls

Friday 16 January
3:20 p.m. Novice Boys Rehearsal until 4:30. Drop off and Pick up at the Music Room

Sunday 18 January, The Adult Choir

PROJECT SCHEDULE FOR NOVICES AND JUNIORS (Senior Mentors welcome)

• January 20 (Tuesday) Rehearsal with Dr. Barry Rose for all Junior and Novice Choristers 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., No Evensong tonight.

• January 21 (Wednesday) 3:20 to 5:00, Special Chorister Rehearsal with Dr. Barry Rose.

• January 22 (Thursday) No morning Rehearsal for Junior Choristers

• January 22 (Thursday) 3:20 to 5:00 Special Chorister Rehearsal with Dr. Barry Rose.

• January 23 (Friday) No morning Rehearsal for Junior Choristers

• January 23 (Friday) 3:20 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Special Chorister Rehearsal with Dr. Barry Rose.

• January 24 (Saturday) 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Special Chorister Rehearsal with Barry Rose (Concert Dress Reh). Please enter at 802 Broadway as the school is closed.

• January 25 – Sunday Service with The Choir of Girls and Adults (6)
No lunch or afternoon rehearsal today.

4:00 p.m. The Juniors Seventh Annual Treble Music Concert with Dr. Barry
Rose. Whiting of Novices. Required for all Choristers. (Juniors Sing,
Seniors Listen)
2:45 p.m. Call for everyone singing in the Concert
Reception to follow in Tuttle Hall.
• Please enter at 802 Broadway as the school is closed.

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*The Goggle Choir Schedule Calendar Link: http://gchoirsched.info/home.html

*Sign Up Genius for Choir Parent Volunteer Sign Link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040B4CA9A72DA64-choir/11611445

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*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.