Greetings,

Some of you have asked about the Weekend Schedule of the Senior Boys trying to see how it works witn your family schedules on the weekends.

Attached is this years schedule showing rehearsals and all weekend obligations. There is no plan for it to change very much at all. Nothing will be added, but one or two Sundays may move over to the girls.

The singing schedule is based on an alternation with the girls’ choir that is determined by the GCS Schedule and on when the High Holy Days – Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

Some years it means the boys sing one or two more Sundays other years it is the girls. I haven’t had time yet to determine next year’s alternation, but it is time for it to flip towards the girls after several years of the boys taking those extra couple of weekends.

I should have that done in the next two weeks.

I hope this helps and that you will find in favor our your chorister auditioning to be a senior. They have the potential for a very strong musical team and I’m very excited about working with them.

Have a great evening, Patrick

Grace Church in New York
The 121st Season of the Choir of Men and Boys
2015-2016
Liturgical and Special Rehearsal Schedule
Times indicated are for room reservation, it may not indicate the time of the actual activity
6 June 2015

Weekly Music Schedule
2015-2016

• Tuesday Mornings – 6:50 – 8:15 a.m. Senior Boy Rehearsal.
Breakfast Club in the Reception room 6:50 – 7:20 a.m.
Rehearsal in the Chantry 7:00 – 8:15 a.m.
Reserve Music Room 7:00 – 8:15 a.m.

• Thursday Mornings – 6:50 – 8:15 a.m. Junior and Senior Boy Rehearsal.
Breakfast Club in the Reception room 6:50 – 7:20 a.m.
Rehearsal in the Chantry 7:00 – 8:15 a.m.
Reserve Music Room 7:00 – 8:15 a.m.

Annual Special Offerings
• September (Sunday Morning Service) – First Sunday of the New Choir Season
• October (Sunday afternoon) – Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb
• November (Morning Service) – Grace Church School Sunday Morning Service
• November (Wednesday) – GCS Thanksgiving Service
• December (Wednesday) – Annual Community Carol Sing
• December – A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve
(Seniors Only)
• March/ April (Saturday/Sunday) – Easter Rehearsal and Morning Services
• April (Friday) – Annual Concert and Reception (Seniors perform, Juniors listen)
• June (Sunday) – Choir Appreciation Sunday
• June (Wednesday?) – Grace Church School Graduation

Fall
• September
• September 8 (Tuesday) – Choir Camp Day in the Chantry, Church and Music Room for The Choir of Men and Boys and The Girls’ Choir, from 2:00 to
6:30 pm. The day to start with ice cream in the Yard.

• September 10 (Thursday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule Begins for Senior Boy Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

• September 13 (Sunday) – Sunday Service with The Combined Grace Church Choirs, Beginning of 121st Season of the Choirs, No Lunch or Afternoon Rehearsals, REQUIRED for All Boy and Girl Choristers
Music Room from 8:30 until 1:00 p.m. (9)

• September 15 (Tuesday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedules Begin.
NO Choir activities for LS students today (grades 1 – 4), No afternoon
chorister activities this week.

• September 17 (Thursday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule Begins for Senior and Junior Boy Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.
Chantry, Music Room, Reception Room
Reception Room 7:00 – 7:25, and Chantry/Music Room from 7:15 – 8:10

• September 20 (Sunday)–Sunday Service-The Choir of Men and Boys
1:00 – 3:00 REHEARSAL ALL SOPRANO SENIOR BOYS (6)
in the Church. Lunch in Music Room, reserve until 3:30 p.m.
Rehearsal in the Chantry

September 24 (Thursday) After School Vocal Coaching begins for 2015-2016.
Sign up in advance for each session with PA. Music Office

• September 30 (Wednesday) After School Vocal Coaching begins for 2015-2016. Sign up in advance for each session with PA. Music Office

• October

• October 4 (Sunday) – Sunday Service- The Choir of Men and Boys
1:00 – 3:00 REHEARSAL ALL SOPRANO SENIOR BOYS
With Adults for Britten Rejoice in the Lamb (6,6)
in the Church. Lunch in Music Room, reserve until 3:30 p.m.

• October 18 (Sunday) – Choral Evensong by the Choir of Men and Boys.
BRITTEN: Rejoice in the Lamb (6)
Call for Senior Boys and Adults 2:45.
Required for all Novice and Junior Boys. They should arrive at 3:30 to
vest and process at this service. 4:00 Service, concluding at 5:00 p.m.

• October 25 Sunday Service, The Choir of Men and Boys (6)
1:00 – 3:00 REHEARSAL ALL SENIOR BOYS (6)
Lunch in Music Room

• November

• November 1 (Sunday, All Saints’ Sunday)
 Sunday Service with The Choir of Men and Boys and The Girls’ Choir,
 No Lunch or Afternoon Rehearsal (6).

• November 15 Sunday Service with The Choir of Men and Boys (6)
1:00 – 3:00 REHEARSAL ALL SENIOR SOPRANO BOYS
Lunch in Music Room, reserve until 3:30 p.m. Rehearsal in the Chantry

• November 22 Sunday Service with Choir of Men and Boys and The Girls’ Choir. GCS SUNDAY. (6) no lunch or afternoon rehearsal today

• December

Annual Choir Family Christmas Party, 6 to 9 p.m. School Dinning Room
Set up after church coffee hour.

• December 9 (Wednesday) – The Annual Community Carol Sing in the
Church with The Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs, 12:15 to 12:45 pm. Lunch
Provided in Advance. Chantry from end of EC Chapel to 2:00 p.m. Church
from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m.

• December 13 Sunday Service with The Choir of Men and Boys (6)
ADVENT THREE, No Lunch or Afternoon Rehearsal for Boys

• December 17 (Thursday) – Rehearsal for Carol Service with The Choir of Men and Boys and The Girls’ Choir, 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m., Required for Boy and Girl Senior Choristers Church, and Music Room 5:00 – 9:30 p.m. (9)

• December 24 (Thursday, Christmas Eve)
 A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with The Choir of Men and Boys and The Girls’ Choir, 6:45 pm Call, 8 pm Service, Required for Boy and Girl Senior Choristers (9)

SPRING

• January

• January 5 (Tuesday) – Rehearsals begin for Spring Term, Tuesday afternoon rehearsal Begins Today for Girl Novices and Boy and Girl Junior Choristers, No Evensong until February 23rd

• January 6 (Wednesday) After School Vocal Coaching begins for 2016

• January 10 Sunday Service with The Choir of Men and Boys (6)
1:00 – 3:00 REHEARSAL ALL SENIOR SOPRANO BOYS
Lunch in Music Room, reserve until 3:30 p.m. Rehearsal in Chantry

• February

• February 7 Sunday Service with The Choir of Men and Boys (6)
1:00 – 3:00 REHEARSAL ALL SENIOR SOPRANO BOYS
Lunch in Music Room, reserve until 3:30 p.m. Rehearsal in Chantry

• February 21, Sunday Service with The Choir of Men and Boys (6)
1:00 – 3:00 REHEARSAL ALL SENIOR SOPRANO BOYS
Lunch in Music Room, reserve until 3:30 p.m. Rehearsal in Chantry

• March

• March 6 Sunday Service with The Choir of Men and Boys (6)
1:00 – 3:00 REHEARSAL ALL SENIOR SOPRANO BOYS
Lunch in Music Room, reserve until 3:30 p.m.

• March 26 (Holy Saturday) – Required for Senior Boy and Girl Choristers
 8:30 am: Call for Brass for Voluntaries Rehearsal
 9 to 10:30 am: Rehearsal for Easter with The Adult Choir, The Parish Choir, The Choir of Men and Boys, The Girls’ Choir and Brass (12)

• March 27 (Sunday, Easter Day) – Required for Boy and Girl Senior Choristers
 8 am: Call for All Choir Members

 9 am: Service with The Combined Choirs of Grace Church (12)

 9:45 am: Annual Easter Family Breakfast for Choir Families in GCS Dining Room. Dining Room reserved from 7:00 a.m. until clean up finished. Details to be determined with head of Kitchen and P.H./D.W.

 10:30 am: Call for All Choir Members

 11 am: Service with The Combined Choirs of Grace Church and Brass (12)

• April

• April 17 Sunday Service The Choir of Men and Boys (6)
1:00 – 3:00 REHEARSAL ALL SENIOR BOYS
Lunch in Music Room, reserve until 3:30 p.m. Rehearsal in Chantry

• April 28 (Thursday) 5:45 – 9:00 p.m.
DRESS REHEARSAL ALL SENIOR CHORISTERS with Adults. (12) Required for all Boy and Girl Senior Choristers, CHURCH

• April 29th Friday, The Annual Choir Concert and Reception (12)
With the Adult and Parish Choirs.
5:45 pm Call for All Boy and Girl Senior Choristers, 7 pm Concert,
Required for All Boy and Girl Choristers. (Juniors listen/Senior sing)

• May

• May 1 Sunday Service with The Choir of Men and Boys (6)
No Lunch or afternoon Rehearsal today.

• May 8 (Sunday, Mother’s Day) The Choir of Men and Boys with the Girls’ Choir and the elevation of new Seniors. (6)
No afternoon activities today.

• June

• June 5 Sunday Service with The Choir of Men and Boys (6)

• June 12 Sunday Service, End of 121st Season of the Choirs with The Choir of Men and Boys and The Girls’ Choir, Required for All Boy and Girl Choristers, No Afternoon Rehearsal (Choir Recognition Sunday) (9, SATB)

• June 15 (Wednesday) – Middle School Closing Exercises