Greetings Everyone,

Thank you for all your kind messages and care while I’ve been down with the flu.
Slow but steady to recovery, wow, what a bug.

The Girls’ Choir with Adults is singing on Sunday morning
REQUIRED for SENIORS
Optional for Juniors

Parents of Senior Girls, if you will forgive me, I need to cancel the afternoon rehearsal on Sunday. I’m going to have to grow back to full schedule and don’g think I’ll have the energy for all I’ve got to do Sunday and that rehearsal.

The April Concert is coming up quickly.

There are two more Sunday rehearsals left one for boys and one for girls. At all Senior Rehearsals, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sundays we will be working the same repertoire. I’d like to invite all Seniors that can to attend as many as is possible, but please read the word invite, I know everyone is busy.

I’m very behind on getting out the invitation to audition for senior this year, please forgive me. I hope to finish that up and get those out next week.

Have a safe and lovely weekend. Don’t catch the bug and enjoy the snow!

If you are free at 4:00 on Sunday afternoon, the Adult Choir with the Parish Choir will offer excerpts from Handel’s Messiah Part Three, the service will last about an hour.

All my love, Patrick

*THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE:

Sunday 10 April
9:45 Call for All Senior Girl Choristers (REQUIRED)
10:15 Call for Junior Girl Choristers (Optional)
11:00 Service

CANCELLED Lunch and Rehearsal for Senior Girls after service
HS Singers Rehearsal to be confirmed with Mr. Fergus.

Tuesday 12 April
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Boys

Tuesday 12 April- Novice – now NEW JUNIOR Girls’ Rehearsal
3:20 – 4:30 Gather in the HONOR ROOM,
Drop off and Pick up in the Honor Room!

Tuesday 12 April Junior Boys and Girls Rehearsal
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
 Gather in the HONOR ROOM,
Drop off and Pick up in the Honor Room!
EVENSONG TODAY at 6:00 p.m. in the Church.

Wednesday 13 April
No Choristers Activities today, GCS MS CONFERENCE DAY

Thursday 14 April
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Junior and Senior Boys

Thursday 14 April 

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

Friday 15 April
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Junior and Senior Girls

Friday 15 April Novice – now NEW JUNIOR Boys Rehearsal
3:20 – 4:30 Gather in the HONOR ROOM,
Drop off and Pick up in the Honor Room!

Sunday 17 April, The Choir of Men and Boys Singing
9:45 Call for All Senior Boys Choristers (REQUIRED)
10:15 Call for Junior Boys Choristers (Optional)
11:00 Service

After, church – 1:00 – 3:00 Lunch and Rehearsal for Senior Boys and Girls after service
HS Singers Rehearsal to be confirmed with Mr. Fergus.

OLD NEWS FOR REVIEW:

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 :-).

IF YOU WENT ON THE FRANCE TOUR SUMMER 2015 – WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS!
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, schulted@me.com
Mary Cannon, medcannon@nyc.rr.com

Junior Reps:
Katherine Keane, kathykeane@gmail.com
Shannon Cave, shannon.cave@gmail.com
Meaghan Cheung,meaghanscheung@gmail.com
Jason Hackett, kieran.jason.hackett@gmail.com
Olivia Douglas, oliviadouglas@me.com

Senior Reps:
Erik Sorensen, esorensen5@gmail.com
Ellen McElduff, ellenmcelduff@aol.com
Shannon Cave, shannon.cave@gmail.com
Kevin Rotheroe, krotheroe@nyc.rr.com
Anne Zaccaro, annezaccaro@pzaccaro.com
Erin Hussein, ezyko@yahoo.com

+Alumni:
Dana Foote, dfoote@gcschool.org
Laura Holt, laurablackholt@gmail.com
Vicky Hurley, vicky.mcgarry@gmail.com

+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: www.gracechurchnyc.org
CLICK MUSIC: upper right hand corner CLICK login
It is now:
username: helfenstein
Stanfordlives1894

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.

*THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE:

Tuesday 5 April
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Boys

Wednesday 6 April
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Girls

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

Friday 8 April
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Junior and Senior Girls

Sunday 10 April
9:45 Call for All Senior Girl Choristers (REQUIRED)
10:15 Call for Junior Girl Choristers (Optional)
11:00 Service

Lunch and Rehearsal for Senior Girls after service: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
HS Singers Rehearsal 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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

*Accessing the Secure Choir Family Area of the Music Website:
www.gracechurchnyc.org
CLICK: MUSIC
CLICK: login
User Name: helfenstein
Password: Stanfordlives1894

*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.