Happy Friday before Halloween everyone, get some rest before all the trick and treating and take good care in the weather tonight and tomorrow.

Thank you for all your concern about my family and friends in Florida. So far most of the news is good and people are putting things back together. Keep them in your prayers, many were not as fortunate as we were, it will be years building things back.

THIS SUNDAY:
Morning:
SENIOR GIRLS REQUIRED, Optional for Novices and Juniors
Senior Chorister Call is 9:45 a.m.
Novice and Junior Chorister Call is 10:15 a.m.

Lunch with afternoon rehearsal today for Senior Girls with Adults and Parish Choir on the Britten for December.

HALLOWEEN: No Choir Activities on Wednesday 31 October!

A huge congratulations to the GCS 7th and 8th grade girls volleyball team, and their coaches Lisa Quirk and Ryann Supple. The girls won a great match today to finish the season 8-0!!

Have you met The Reverend Julia Offinger yet? She is the new Assistant Rector and will be in charge of Children, Youth and Family Ministry. She has already attended at least one of every rehearsal and officiated at Evensong on Tuesday. Say hello and welcome her. She will be working a lot with me and the choristers! Can you believe how old I am! When she was six, she was a chorister at the summer camp for choirs at Valley Forge that I was running with her choirmaster. It’s a small world. Welcome Mother Julia.

MANY THANKS AGAIN TO KATHY KEANE who rebult the choir schedule/goggle cal page that let’s us quickly access the schedules. This is the new and improved version and so pretty! Here is the NEW LINK: http://gchoirsched.info/

It’s almost Pie Time! Our 16th Annual Choir Pie Sale will open on Friday, November 2nd! The Pie Sale is the Choir’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Last year we sold over 800 pies and chocolates! Stay tuned for the grand opening…you’ll get a link for the website next Friday morning.

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!

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

Love, PA

A Choir Family Newsletter!
Friday 26 October 2018

THIS SUNDAY 28 October
The Girls’ Choir with HS Singers and Adults
SENIOR GIRLSS REQUIED, Optional for Novices and Juniors
Senior Chorister Call is 9:45 a.m.
Novice and Junior Chorister Call is 10:15 a.m.

Lunch and afternoon rehearsal today for SENIOR GIRLS – Britten Reh with Adult Singers and HS Singers.

1:00 – 2:00 HS Singers Rehearsal, Music Office

NEXT SUNDAY 4 November
The Combined Choirs Singing
SENIOR BOYS and GIRLS REQUIED, Optional for Novices and Juniors
Senior Chorister Call is 9:45 a.m.
Novice and Junior Chorister Call is 10:15 a.m.

No Lunch or afternoon rehearsal today

FACE BOOK: Did you know there is a Music at Grace Church Facebook page?
There is. We use it to get the word out about all the musical offerings that take place at the Church especially those of the choirs!
HELP US build the community of followers and listeners to the choirs – FRIEND THE Music at Grace Church page and let the word spread 

RECRUITING is never over!
We have an amazing group of novice choristers for the fall term but…
If anyone asks, it is never too late to join the choir and they should reach out to me at: gracechoir1894@gmail.com

For entering 4th and 5th graders it is also not too late to join as new choristers, we have had good luck at getting them up to speed quickly as your children are the best teachers. What schedule a 4th or 5th grader might follow would depend on the child and their family.

Note about third grade juniors: the third grade juniors will only attend the Tuesday rehearsal session from 5:00 – 6:30. Older juniors still also attend for boys, Thursday morning or girls, Friday morning practice.

This year we will have the second season for 2nd grade novices! Last year was a great success and these now third graders fast tracked themselves to junior level ahead of what I thought would happen. I am so proud of them.

HOMEWORK FOR SENIOR CHORISTERS:

Please locate a recording with your parents approval and listen to:
1. BOYS: Rejoice in the Lamb, B. Britten
2. GIRLS: A CEREMONY OF CAROLS, B. Britten
3. BOTH: J.S. Bach Motet: “Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf” BWV 226
4. BOTH: Bernstein Chichester Psalms (I love the recording by the Wells Cathedral Choir)

WEBSITE: www.gracechurchnyc.org
CLICK: MUSIC
CLICK: login
User Name: helfenstein
Password: Stanfordlives1894

CHOIR SCHEDULES 2018 – 2019: REMEMBER Kathy’s Link to our Goggle Doc Schedules, they are ready to go for 2018-2019:
http://www.gchoirsched.info/schedules.html

THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE:

• 26 October to November 5

• Friday Afternoon
No After School Voice Coaching today due to a Wedding Rehearsal.

• October 28 (Sunday) –
• THIS SUNDAY 28 October
• The Girls’ Choir with HS Singers and Adults
• SENIOR GIRLSS REQUIED, Optional for Novices and Juniors
• Senior Chorister Call is 9:45 a.m.
• Novice and Junior Chorister Call is 10:15 a.m.

• Lunch and afternoon rehearsal today for SENIOR GIRLS – Britten Reh with Adult Singers and HS Singers.

• 1:00 – 2:00 HS Singers Rehearsal, Music Office

• 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)
Evensong 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Church.
Evensong tonight!

• Happy Halloween – no choir activities today!

• Thursday Morning – 7:00 – 8:10 a.m. Junior (4th grade) 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 Afternoon, 3:20 – 4:30
After School Voice Coaching in the Chantry.

• November 4 (Sunday) – Sunday Service- The Combined Choirs Singing

The Combined Choirs Singing
SENIOR BOYS and GIRLS REQUIED, Optional for Novices and Juniors
Senior Chorister Call is 9:45 a.m.
Novice and Junior Chorister Call is 10:15 a.m.

No Lunch or afternoon rehearsal today

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

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=king%27s+college+choir&vid=110003f8b24834b111ae4be397650d76&l=5%3A08&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts4.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.608026301171238103%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dq5n6X9sUznI&tit=O+Holy+Night+%3A+Kings+College%2C+Cambridge&c=2&sigr=11arr3iog&sigt=117mk8a8i&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

Wells Cathedral Choir

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=wells+cathedral+malcolm+archer&vid=c373efcfd3df46151072adc636c2fe0c&l=5%3A21&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts2.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.608030682034081441%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dyrs5XR9Pd7k&tit=God+is+Gone+Up+%28Finzi%29+—+Choir+of+Wells+Cathedral&c=3&sigr=11ac3plli&sigt=11jlvlhgk&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=wells+cathedral+malcolm+archer&vid=415d1018bf24c3aee0db1ac9e836f0b9&l=4%3A41&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts3.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.608049227703257238%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DXac1w1OdELI&tit=The+Twelve+Days+of+Christmas+—+Choir+of+Wells+Cathedral&c=10&sigr=11aigreat&sigt=11pa650ni&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

https://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=Aj1K1PW2VDs1RKVFJfzbu2uevZx4?p=you+tube+wells+cathedral+choir&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-901&fp=1

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=youtube+wells+cathedral+have+yourself+choir&vid=853d06e7cf55b5383b84e5d4a1556ae3&l=3%3A22&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts4.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.608034453018248291%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DAf8nD6KGGec&tit=Have+Yourself+a+Merry+Little+Christmas+—+Wells+Cathedral+Choir&c=0&sigr=11au0j7su&sigt=1207t1bd2&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

St. John’s College Cambridge, A Guest in Cambridge

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=st+john%27s+college+cambridge&vid=9425021b6896bda9a630f27d01e90a6d&l=6%3A52&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts1.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.608042969937282548%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DPSYK5JHgRnA&tit=Haydn-+Insanae+Et+Vanae+Curae+%28St.+John%26%2339%3Bs+College+Choir.%29&c=25&sigr=11apkam02&sigt=11tjuig47&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=st+john%27s+college+cambridge&vid=7264786b7c16e797614ba97ea5fc7ef7&l=14%3A59&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts4.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.607990240621363343%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D8udJ5MjjLcY&tit=St+John%26%2339%3Bs+College+Choir+Cambridge+1978+under+George+Guest+1&c=21&sigr=11aunqee0&sigt=11vism07r&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

Salisbury Cathedral

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=salisbury+cathedral+choir&vid=0a5806f316d0f326ea4cef4513e591f4&l=4%3A12&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts3.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.608027666970052142%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DzfAO9iCzZJ0&tit=The+Choristers+of+Salisbury+Cathedral+Part1&c=1&sigr=11avnbi5n&sigt=11b62d3g4&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=the+choristers+of+salisbury+cathedral+part+2&vid=64773de37238958c6b12328935c8a115&l=6%3A47&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts1.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DVN.607986108865709804%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DE2RY22cAIO4&tit=The+Choristers+of+Salisbury+Cathedral+Part2&c=0&sigr=11a94tmkv&sigt=11bm9mqbj&ct=p&age=0&fr=yfp-t-901&tt=b

FIN – THE END
Please forgive the length of this newsletter. You all have lots of wonderful questions and this is my attempt to get us organized and put as much information as you have asked about in one place.

Have a wonderful safe remainder of the summer! The rain has stopped, the Swan has moved on to another boat and it’s time to head to the market for the shopping.

With all my love and anticipation of a great new season, Patrick

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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.