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Patrick Allen Program
Greetings everyone and happy wet, cool, grey Friday!

Here we go!

1. First a note from the Sorensen Family:
Dear Patrick:

Please extend our thanks to the entire Choir family for the beautiful flowers. Our family, and my Mom in particular, were very touched by the thoughtfulness of the Choir.

We are back home now and look forward to seeing you later in the week.

Erik, Melinda, Mahlon, Katharine and Anna (Sorensen)

2. The First Evensong by our Junior Choristers will take place this coming week on Tuesday 6 October at 6 p.m. in the Church.
This gentle evening service lasts 30 minutes and is open to all.
Juniors will still begin their practice at 5:00 p.m. and we will finish by 6:30 p.m. Drop off and Pick up is still the Music Room.

3. The Senior Boy Choristers with The Adult Choir will offer their annual Evensong featuring Britten’s wonderful “Rejoice in the Lamb” on Sunday 18 October at 4 p.m. in the Church.
All Junior and Novice Boys Choristers should plan on vesting and being part of this service.
It will last about an hour.

4. BOYS – the Rector wants you – to play Dodge Ball! ……on Sundays in Tuttle Hall at 3:00 p.m. following the Senior Boy Rehearsal. The first Dodge Ball Sunday will be this Sunday October 4!

On Friday 30 October our friend, Dr. Max van Egmond from Amsterdam will be on campus to offer a French Diction Class to all Senior Choristers. The combined boy and girl senior chorister session will be 7:20 – 8:10 a.m. during the normal girls rehearsal time.
This class is part of a recording project we are beginning to prepare that will feature beautiful Noels in French.

If enough are interested we could have a second session from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. that day. LET ME KNOW ASAP If you would like to be part of an afternoon session! If we have enough interest I will schedule it.
To offer this, may I ask:
THURSDAY MORNING 29 October will be a combined Junior Boy and Girl Rehearsal morning.
FRIDAY MORNING 30 October will be a combined Senior Boy and Girl Rehearsal morning.

6. Welcome new members of the Choir Steering Committee!

Mary Cannon, Olivia Douglas, Jason Hackett, Erin Hussein, and Dominique Schulte

Returning members:
Shannon Cave, Meaghan Cheung, Sarah Cogan, Dana Foote, Vicky Hurley, Kathy Keane, Ellen McElduff, Kevin Rotheroe, Erik Sorensen, Anne Zaccaro
Patrick Allen and Don Waring

The Choir Steering Committee meets three times each season (September, January and May) and oversees all aspects of the chorister program. Thank you all for your leadership, hard work and support!

2 October 2015


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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 boy and his family.

We have been asked to consider making musical presentations at the Christmas Market this year. It could be great fun, however – you are busy people. If we had to choose from blocks of time to present on Wednesday and/or Friday between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. what would work best for you and your choristers schedule? I’m just visioning at the moment nothing is set. Your feedback would be very helpful in creating something that is doable and fun. Potential presentations could involve all choristers at some point, but most likely not all at the same time.

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:

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CHOIR SCHEDULES 2015 – 2016: REMEMBER Kathy’s Link to our Goggle Doc Schedules, they are ready to go for 2014-2015:



October 2 (Friday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior and Junior Girl Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

October 2 (Friday) – Regular Afternoon for Boy Novices 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

October 4 (Sunday) – Sunday Service-The Choir of Men and Boys
9:45 Call for Senior Boys (REQUIRED for Senior Boys)
10;15 Call for Novice and Junior Boys (Optional)
1:00 – 3:00 HS Singer Rehearsal with The Choir of Men and Boys

1:00 – 3:00 REHEARSAL ALL SENIOR BOYS with Adults (6)
Dress rehearsal for the Britten Evensong that will take place on 10/18
Lunch in Music Room

October 6 (Tuesday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior Boy Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

October 6 (Tuesday) – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal for Girl Novices 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Drop off and Pick up in the Music Room.

October 6 (Tuesday) – Tuesday Rehearsal for Boy
and Girl Junior Choristers 5:00 – 6:30, Drop off and Pick up in the Music Room.

October 7 (Wednesday)– Regular Morning Rehearsal for Senior Girl Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

October 7 (Wednesday) After School Vocal Coaching. Sign up in advance for each session with PA. Music Office

October 8 (Thursday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior and Junior Boy Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

October 8 (Thursday) After School Vocal Coaching. Sign up in advance for each session with PA. Music Office

October 9 (Friday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior and Junior Girl Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

October 9 (Friday) – No Regular Afternoon Rehearsal for Boy Novices today due to Holiday Weekend. Be safe and Enjoy!

Sunday October 11 – The Adult Choir sings, all choristers off for the long Holiday Weekend.

Tuesday October 13 – No Choir Activities due to the GCS Holiday.

Wednesday October 14 – All Chorister Activities resume.

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

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

Salisbury Cathedral


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