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BRAVO AGAIN EVERYONE – There is still such great energy flowing from last week and Sunday’s concert!

The Concert was recorded and beautiful photographs were made by our own Micaela Macagnone. As soon as I can they will be posted on the Media and Home Page of the Choir Family Secure Area of the website for you to download along with a pdf of the program booklet. The log in information is at the bottom of this news letter.

Dr Rose posted this on Facebook! This is very special – be proud!

“Congratulations to everyone who took part. an afternoon to remember, with some lovely singing in a musically varied programme. And what an excitement to see no less than 28 novice choristers receiving their surplices. ? an all-time record for any choir?”

I’m really looking forward to this Sunday morning when all our new and old juniors take to the choir stalls to lead the 11 a.m. service. See the schedule below for details.

Families with Senior Choristers not going on the GCS Ski trip: Your chorister is most welcome as a senior mentor to help us focus and organize on Sunday. It’s a great way to develop leadership skills.

Yesterday would have been the 128 Birthday of A. Rubenstein, the great pianist. Have a look with your chorister and see and hear one of the great musicians of the last century. His hands are so beautiful on the keyboard.

Old Juniors, the concert music is your Senior Chorister Audition repertoire. Soon we will start schedule those auditions with the hope to complete them all by Mother’s Day, our traditional day to elevate new Senior Choristers!

The Annual Concert Committee is hard at work preparing for the beautiful reception that follows that concert. That has traditionally been on of our three big fund raising events for the Choir Special Projects Fund.

To Sign Up to help with the reception please use this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/805054FA4A62EA31-choir1

SNOW and Winter Weather! watch the weather reports, take no chances with personal safety. We follow the schedule of GCS. Should they call a snow day or schedule change, we will follow that. As I know things I’ll post them and send out email.

Senior Boys!

Calling all boys for Dodgeball with the Rector!
There is going to be a special Dodgeball Tournament at Grace Church on Sunday afternoon Feb 8.
Are you guys up for a special exhibition match at 3:00 after Rehearsal ?

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! If you are so inclined, please LIKE the Music at Grace Church Page on Facebook!

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:

UPDATED INFORMATION 30 JANUARY 2015:

PLEASE RESPOND ASAP:

1. If you plan on purchasing your air travel with the group block, please re confirm with P. Allen by Tuesday 3 February. Right now the list is the following, but please re confirm.

Adult Choir Singers
Ian and Kevin Rotheroe
Eden
Micaela
Kristen Dahlberg
Allison D. Whitehurst (2)

2. The second trip deposit is due on Friday 13 February in the amount of $500.00 per person attending the Tour.

Please make checks payable to Grace Church in New York, Memo: Choir Tour 2015 and list the person(s) it is covering.

If you wish to pay via credit card you can.
Go to the Church Website.
Click Give
Click Music Donation Button
In memo: describe the purpose/persons it is for.

Please consider adding 3% of your total to the amount as that is what we are billed for the use of the credit card service.

3. If you have not put in your first deposit, please include it with the second one.

4. If you trip status has not been confirmed, please confirm and pay deposits right away.

We must make plans for the hotel rooms in the coming week to 10 days.

OLD UPDATES since Thanksgiving….

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)

If you have not done so and would like to request financial aid for your chorister, please talk with P. Allen.

*THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE:

Friday 30 January
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior & Junior Girls

Friday 30 January
8:15 a.m.
Tour Planning Committee Meeting, Reception Room

Friday 30 January
3:20 – 4:30 New Junior Choristers (Novices) Boys Rehearsal 3:20 – 4:30 Music Room

1 February – Sunday Service with The Combined New and Old Junior Choristers and Adults (6)
No lunch or afternoon rehearsal today

9:45 Call for all New and Old Junior Choristers
11:00 Service
12:20 or so, dismissal

1:00 – 2:00 Shaving Club and HS Chorister Rehearsal

Tuesday 3 February
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Boys

Tuesday 3 February
New Junior Choristers (Novices) Girls Rehearsal 3:20 – 4:30 Music Room

Tuesday 3 February
Junior Boy and Girl Rehearsal 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Music Room

Wednesday 4 February
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Girls

Wednesday 4 February
3:20 – 4:30 After School Vocal Coaching in the Music Office

Thursday 5 February
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior & Junior Boys

Thursday 5 February
3:20 – 4:30 After School Vocal Coaching in the Music Office

Friday 6 February
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior & Junior Girls

Friday 6 February
3:20 – 4:30 New Junior Choristers (Novices) Boys Rehearsal 3:20 – 4:30 Music Room

7 February – Sunday Service with The Choir of Men and Boys
9:45 Call for Senior Boys
10:15/10:30 Call for Junior Boys Old and New (Optional)

1:00 – 3:00 Senior Boys Treble Rehearsal
1:00 – 2:00 Shaving Club and HS Chorister Rehearsal

Special Dogeball Exhibition Game with The Rector

with The Combined New and Old Junior Choristers and Adults (6)

No lunch or afternoon rehearsal today

ONGOING INFORMATION SOURCES:

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

*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

*To Sign Up to help with the Annual Concert Reception please use this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/805054FA4A62EA31-choir1

*Accessing the Secure Choir Family Area of the Music Website:
www.gracechurchnyc.org
CLICK: MUSIC
CLICK: login
User Name: helfenstein
Password: iheartch0ir (0 is a zero)

*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.