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Greetings Everyone!

I hope you are warm and cozy on this very cold Friday morning.

3rd Grade Boys Families: Remember no afternoon rehearsal today.

Thank you for all your efforts to make the schedule work Thursday and Friday for the photo sessions. They went very well and I hope we have a good product.
I don’t anticipate a retake, but those who missed, should not worry, we will still list them in a “not pictured” section of the page in the yearbook and will capture them next time around. Thank you to Micaela Macagnone for her wonderful photography skills. Micaela is graduating from GCS HS division in May and will be attending Pomona College in the Fall.

THIS SUNDAY: The Adult Choir Singing. Have a wonderful President’s Day Weekend Holiday.

THIS TUESDAY: NO Choir activities as GCS is closed for the PDW Holiday.

THIS WEDNESDAY: Choir activities resume – regular schedule!

EVENSONG ON TUESDAY AT 6 p.m. – will begin again on 23 February

Have a safe and rest filled weekend.

With all my love and wishes for a joyful St. Valentine’s Day

CHOIR FAMILY NEWS 12 February 2016

Tuesday Evensong will begin on 23 February at 6:00 p.m. for all who can make it. I am aware that there is a special play performance that evening at GCS, I’m sorry for the conflict. We send our best wishes to all in the play for a great performance. The rehearsal/service block of time for Juniors remains the same: 5:00 rehearsal/warm up and 6:00 Evensong ending at 6:30. Pick up and dismissal from the Honor Room.

SENIOR CHORISTERS – if you can show up and help us sing Evensong on the 23rd I’d be so grateful for your help while some of the juniors offer their play. I know many of you will have conflicts, but if you can sing just come at 5:45 to vest and join us for Evensong, you will know the music.

SENIOR CHORISTER FAMILIES: Spring Break is not so far away and that means also Easter is not far away. It’s early this year.
Rehearsal for Easter Day:
Saturday 26 March from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. REHEARSAL for ALL CHOIRS with Brass and
Organ in the Church.
8:00 a.m. Call for all choir members, warm up in the Church (Seniors Only today)
9:00 a.m. First Easter Service in the Church
10:10ish a.m. CHOIR EASTER BREAKFAST in the GCS Dining Room
11:00 a.m. Second Easter Service in the Church

The Novice Class of 2015-2016 has been promoted, they are now called NEW JUNIORS.

The NEW JUNIOR SCHEDULE does not change at all. The time and day commitments remain the same to support all the complicated schedules that we all live through.

Around February 18, the 5th grade Juniors will get their invitation to audition for Senior Chorister. DON’T WORRY! They know the music already, it is not something they must be coached on or need special preparation for. The concert Sunday was the climax of that preparation. DON’T WORRY about rushing to schedule their appointment, we have all the way until Mother’s Day to do it.

The fifth graders becoming Senior Choristers for 2016-2017 will be promoted to Senior on Mother’s Day. Sometimes one or two are away visiting grandparents. They will be promoted in spirit.

Some notes about Holy Communion at Grace Church……

* All baptized Christians are invited, the Episcopal Church welcomes every tradition.
* No one is forced to have communion, that is a decision each family makes on their own.
* Please talk with your chorister about Holy Communion and what you would like them to do.
* If you do not want your child to take communion, just let them know this and ask them to cross their arms over their chest when they go to the communion rail.
The priest will smile and give them a blessing, but not give them communion.
We ask all the children to go to the communion rail for the traffic flow.
* The congregation at Grace respects all faith traditions or the decision not to practice a faith tradition and is thankful that you allow your child to be part of the choir.
Please feel no pressure, each person must make their own choices about their beliefs.
We just ask that the choristers respect where they are and what is going on, and that their “job” is leading/offering music in this house of prayer.
*Please ask questions, I love them and it helps me support you and your children.
REMEMBER……DROP OFF/PICK UP For All JUNIOR CHORISTERS for Tuesday and Friday Rehearsals is now THE HONOR ROOM – Enter from the School via the water fountain and stairs of the tower through the 8th grade dump :-).

Please collect your photo files and send them to Olivia Douglas! She has volunteered to collect our photos and edit them into a fun and special keep sake item for the community. Talk with her for more details!

YOUR CHOIR STEERING COMMITTEE is a great source for information and for continuing to grow and care for our choirs. Here is our great committee, feel invited to ask questions, talk about choir life and just enjoy their wonderful company! You may be a member some day!

Novice Reps:
Dominique Schulte,
Mary Cannon,

Junior Reps:
Katherine Keane,
Shannon Cave,
Meaghan Cheung,
Jason Hackett,
Olivia Douglas,

Senior Reps:
Erik Sorensen,
Ellen McElduff,
Shannon Cave,
Kevin Rotheroe,
Anne Zaccaro,
Erin Hussein,

Dana Foote,
Laura Holt,
Vicky Hurley,

+Technology and PR: Kathy Keane, Tom Evans
+Staff: Patrick Allen, Don Waring

NEW REHEARSAL BATHROOM POLICY: Many choristers have been taking advantage of the honor system of going to the bathroom so the policy must adjust. We can’t have choristers wandering around the facility during rehearsal unsupervised. All Choristers must now make sure to use the bathroom on their way to choir, only in extreme situations will anyone be allowed to leave a rehearsal. I’ve checked with Mrs. Collet, she says you all will be ok 

Secure Area of the Website Password has changed:
CLICK MUSIC: upper right hand corner CLICK login
It is now:
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LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! If you are so inclined, please LIKE the Music at Grace Church Page on Facebook!

*AS THE YEAR 2015 HAS COME 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.


Tuesday 16 February
NO CHOIR ACTIVITIES – GCS CLOSED for President’s Weekend Holiday
Evensong begins next Tuesday, the 23rd!

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

Wednesday 17 February 

3:20 – 4:30 p.m. After School Vocal Coaching, Music Office

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

Thursday 18 February 

3:20 – 4:30 p.m. After School Vocal Coaching, Music Office

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

Friday 19 February Novice – now NEW JUNIOR Boys Rehearsal
3:20 – 4:30 Gather in the HONOR ROOM – from now on,
Drop off and Pick up in the Honor Room!

Sunday 21 February , The Choir of Men and Boys
9:45 Call for SENIOR CHORISTERS in the Music Room (REQUIRED)
10:15 Call for Juniors (optional)

11:00 Service over around 12:20 p.m.

Lunch after Church
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Senior Boy Treble Rehearsal
1:00 – 2:00 HS Singer Rehearsal in the Music Room


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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.