Happy Friday. Dr. Rose safely landed and is here preparing for a wonderful week of music making.

I hope everyone is safe, warm and healthy. Don’t forget to drink lots of water, get your rest!

1. 3 February, THIS SUNDAY – The Choir of Men and Boys

• 9:45 call, Warm up in the Chantry at 10:00, Service at 11:00 over by 12:20 p.m. Required for all Senior Boys, Optional for Novices and Juniors.

Lunch after Church, rehearsal for Senior Boys from 1:00 – 3:00. Senior Girls invited to attend to work on Anniversary Concert Music.

2. A CHOIR INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT! It has LAUNCHED. Thank you Meaghan Cheung for moving us forward. Send her photos to post to help get us launched. It is called:

Choirs of Grace Church

check it out!

3. December Chorister Allowance Checks – these were mailed before Christmas to all choristers. If your chorister has not received their check, please let PA know asap.

Please look around and cash any check you may have and not put into the bank. I will be in touch soon from a list of uncashed checks from 2017 and 2018. We need to close the books.

3. Novices and Juniors

No Evensong until after our big Treble concert on February 10. Each Tuesday we will use the entire time from 5pm to 6:30pm completely for rehearsal.

All rehearsals will be focused on preparing the music for the arrival of Dr. Rose.

(New families, see attached information and have a look at the orientation sheets for the special week of rehearsals leading up to the concert. It’s an amazing week and worth every bit of the effort it requires)

4. Seniors

Look over the Novice/Junior Schedule for the week of 3 February. I hope many of you (especially first year choristers) will take a big part in the project as senior mentors. You benefit so much from the experience and are such good mentors to the younger choristers.

Keep listening to Bernstein and practicing your Hebrew! We have much to do especially over the next two months to prepare for the big Anniversary Concert 26 April.

5. Our experiment with flexible rehearsals is working – well done everyone for all your creativity. On that note – Seniors – Boys and Girls will be working at every rehearsal on the Concert music for the Anniversary celebration – you are welcome at as many rehearsals as you can stand to attend 🙂

HOMEWORK FOR ALL CHORISTERS: Have a listen to yourselves in 2014! We will be bringing these pieces back into the repertoire with Dr. Rose for the February Concert! (recorded at 7:00 in the morning after Easter! How many chances do we get? 1 take! 2 ipads! and a lot of hard work. I am so proud of you all!

Ridout Sacred Songs Set One

ESSENTIAL HOMEWORK FOR SENIOR CHORISTERS – Listen to the Berntsein – It’s great NYC music and we will be offering it on the big April 26 Concert! The text is attached. Bernstein Chichester Psalms

A FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY! Thank you Cara Wall. Cara has offered the Choir Community a new long term fundraising opportunity through her store Clementine Consignment. A letter from her is attached with the details of how it works. She will have a fill in the blank tax donation letter for you to receive and fill in the amount you think the clothes are worth for your tax purposes. You receive the letter when you drop off the donations at the store. Again Thank you Cara for suggesting this great opportunity for the choir community. The choir will receive money from the store based on a percentage of what the clothes sell for. These monies will go into the Choir Special Projects Fund.

Please check the attached “newsletter” for other details and links.

All my love, Patrick

SAVE THE DATES:

The Week of 3 February – special rehearsals with Dr. Barry Rose concluding with the Annual Treble Concert and whiting of new choristers on Sunday 10 February at 4:00 p.m.

Friday 26 April, the 125th Anniversary of the Choir Concert.

Rehearsal Schedule for the Annual Concert of Music for Treble Voices

with Dr. Barry Rose February 5 – 10, 2019

Required for all Novice and Junior Choristers and

Fourth & Fifth Grade Senior Choristers

Tuesday:

3:20 – 4:30 Second Grade Choristers

5:00 – 6:30 Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Choristers

Wednesday to Friday

All Novice and Junior Choristers with

Fourth and Fifth Grade Senior Choristers

3:20 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:45 – Noon

Dress Rehearsal for Concert – All Choristers Singing

Sunday Call at 2:15, Concert at 4:00

Sixth through Eighth Senior Choristers not mentoring

should attend and listen!

A Choir Family Newsletter!
Friday 1 February 2019

THIS SUNDAY
3 February, THIS SUNDAY – The Choir of Men and Boys
• 9:45 call, Warm up in the Chantry at 10:00, Service at 11:00 over by 12:20 p.m. Required for all Senior Boys, Optional for Novices and Juniors.
Lunch after Church, rehearsal for Senior Boys from 1:00 – 3:00. Senior Girls invited to attend to work on Anniversary Concert Music.

THE Coming WEEKS SCHEDULE:

• Tuesday Mornings – 7:00 – 8:10 a.m. Senior Boy Rehearsal.
Breakfast Club in the Reception room

• Tuesday Afternoon, 3:00 – 4:30
Novice Choristers with Dr. Rose in the Honor Room, Chantry

• Tuesday Afternoon – 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Junior Chorister Rehearsal, Boy and Girl Junior Choristers with Dr. Rose. (3rd and 4th grade girls, 3rd grade boys)
No Evensong until 12 February

• Wednesday Morning – 7:00 – 8:10 a.m. Senior Girl Rehearsal.
Breakfast Club in the Reception room

Wednesday – 3:00/3:20 – 5:00 p.m. Special Novice/Junior Rehearsal with Dr. Rose. Rehearse in the Chantry.

• Thursday Morning – 7:00 – 8:10 a.m. Senior Boy Rehearsal.
Breakfast Club in the Reception room

• Thursday Afternoon – 3:00/3:20 – 5:00 p.m. Special Novice/Junior Rehearsal with Dr. Rose. Rehearse in the Chantry.

• Friday Morning – 7:00 – 8:10 a.m. Senior Girl Rehearsal.
Breakfast Club in the Reception room

• Friday Afternoon, 3:00/3:20 – 5:00 p.m. Special Novice/Junior Rehearsal with Dr. Rose. Rehearse in the Chantry.

• Saturday Morning, 9:45 a.m. until Noon. Dress Rehearsal for the Treble Concert. Required for all Novice and Junior Choristers. Enter / Exit 802 Broadway.

Sunday 10 February, The Girls’ Choir with HS Singers and Adults in the morning
Seniors Required
9:45 a.m. Call, 11:00 a.m. Service.

2:15 Call for everyone singing the Concert that will begin at 4:00 p.m.
The whiting of Novices and New Choristers. It will last about an hour, followed by a lovely reception in Tuttle Hall.

SPECIAL LISTENING PROJECT:
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

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=kings+college+all+bells&vid=902f93ee8b3b28415cae01da013ce611&l=4%3A45&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts1.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.608020223790746048%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DP8TyKNycHes&tit=John+Rutter%3A+All+Bells+In+Paradise+-+Official+Video&c=1&sigr=11aoutisl&sigt=11jh9sqci&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

ONGOING INFORMATION SOURCES:

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

*The Goggle Choir Schedule Calendar Link: http://www.gchoirsched.info/schedules.html

*Sign Up Genius for Choir Parent Volunteer Sign Link:
https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30E084CADAF2BA1FA7-choir

*Sign Up Genius for After School Vocal Coaching: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4ba4a628abf94-after

*Sign Up Genius Tuesday Night Parent Helpers:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a48a9ad2caaf85-juniors

*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.

Rehearsal Schedule for the Annual Concert of Music for Treble Voices
with Dr. Barry Rose February 5 – 10, 2019
Required for all Novice and Junior Choristers and
Fourth & Fifth Grade Senior Choristers

Tuesday:
3:00 – 4:30 Second Grade Choristers
5:00 – 6:30 Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Choristers

Wednesday to Friday
All Novice and Junior Choristers with
Fourth and Fifth Grade Senior Choristers
3:20 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:45 – Noon
Dress Rehearsal for Concert – All Choristers Singing

Sunday Call at 2:15, Concert at 4:00

Sixth through Eighth Senior Choristers not mentoring
should attend and listen!

Required Sundays for all Novice and Junior Choristers

September 9 Beginning of 124th Season of Choirs
Sunday Morning Call: 10:15 a.m.

October 14 Benjamin Britten (Boys only- 3:30 p.m.
arrive to vest and process with the choir)

Required Sundays for all Novice and Junior Choristers
Continued

November 18 Grace Church Sunday
Sunday Morning Call: 10:15 a.m.

December 2 – Novice and Junior Choristers with Fourth and Fifth Grade Senior Choristers – Service Sunday Morning Call: 10:15 a.m.

December 9 Britten Evensong (Girls only- 3:30 p.m.
arrive to vest and process with the choir)

January 27 – Novice and Junior Only Service Sunday Morning Call: 10:15 a.m.

February 10 – 4:00 pm Dr. Barry Rose Concert for Treble Voices.
February 10th Call: 2:15 p.m.

April 26, The Annual Choir Concert with everyone singing to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the choir! All Choristers REQUIRED.

May 19 – Novice and Junior Only Service Sunday Morning Call: 10:15 a.m.

June 9 End of 124th Season, Choir Appreciation Sunday and Church Picnic
Sunday Morning Call: 10:15 a.m.