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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Please join me in welcoming Cole Fader as a new junior chorister, welcome to Cole and his family! He had his first and very great rehearsal this week!

See below attached: A Chirstmas Card from Dr. Rose!

1. Novices and Juniors

No Evensong until after our big Treble concert on February 10.

(Tuesday rehearsal is still on)

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)

2. 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.

3. Bravo Sarah Weber who sang the title role of Amahl last Sunday with the Adult Choir. She was brilliant!

4. 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 🙂

THIS SUNDAY

• Sunday 13 January

• Morning: The Girls’ Choir with HS Singers and Adults

SENIORS REQUIRED, Novice and Juniors Optional

9:45 a.m. Call, 11:00 a.m. Service, lunch following the morning

service and afternoon rehearsal for all senior girls 1:00 – 3:00

(senior boys are invited).

A CHOIR INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT! It’s coming, thank you everyone who has shown interest in beginning this new endeavor. You most likely know more about this than I as I’ve never done it, but I think the big focus is on photographs. PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP if you have any concern about or wish any photos of your child(ren) not to be used on this site. We want to respect each families wishes as we move towards this mode of communication and expression. Silence is approval.

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.

WHAT IS THE CHOIR SPECIAL PROJECTS FUND? This fund was established when the choir began preparing for it’s first international trip – to Bristol England as choir in residence for the Cathedral of Bristol during one week of the summer of 2004. The monies in the fund help cover the costs of tours, recordings and many other opportunities for the choristers beyond what the regular church operating budget can provide. It impacts the life of every choir family over the time that your family participates in the program and provides seed monies for future projects.

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

All my love, Patrick

SAVE THE DATES:

Sunday 3 February – the 2nd Novice/Junior Sunday – required for all Novices and Juniors, 9:45 call, 11:00 service.

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.

THIS SUNDAY

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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!

Patrick Allen, Organist and Master of Choristers
Grace Church in New York
802 Broadway
New York, NY 10003 USA
212.254.2004

Organist, Chapel of the Good Shepherd
The General Theological Seminary

www.gracechurchnyc.org
www.patrickjamesallen.com
www.gts.edu

A Choir Family Newsletter!
Friday 11 January 2019

• Friday Afternoon, 3:20 – 4:30
After School Voice Coaching in the Chantry.

THIS SUNDAY
Sunday 13 January
• The Girls’ Choir with HS Singers and Adults
SENIORS REQUIRED, Novice and Juniors Optional
9:45 a.m. Call, 11:00 a.m. Service, lunch following the morning
service and afternoon rehearsal for all senior girls 1:00 – 3:00
(senior boys are invited).

THE Coming WEEKS SCHEDULE:

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

• Tuesday Afternoon, 3:20 – 4:30
After School Voice Coaching in the Chantry.

• Tuesday Afternoon – 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Junior Chorister Rehearsal, Boy and Girl Junior Choristers. (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 – 4:15 p.m. Regular Afternoon Rehearsal Schedule for Girl Novices. Rehearse in the Chantry.

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

• Thursday Afternoon – 3:00 to 4:15 pm. Novice (2nd grade)
Required for Boy Novices. Gather and dismiss in the Honor Room. Rehearse in the Chantry.

• Friday Morning – 7:00 – 8:10 a.m. Junior (4th grade) and Senior Girl Rehearsal.
Breakfast Club in the Reception room

Friday Morning – 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Choir Steering Committee meeting in the Reception Room.

• Friday Afternoon, 3:20 – 4:30
After School Voice Coaching in the Chantry.

Sunday 20 January, MLK Holiday Weekend, The Adult Choir singing.

LOOKING AHEAD:
Sunday 27 January
The 2nd Novice/Junior Chorister Sunday
NOVICES AND JUNIORS REQUIRED.
Seniors, optional as mentors – and greatly appreciated.
9:45 a.m. Call, 11:00 a.m.

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:
3:20 – 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!

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.