Greetings everyone!
I hope this email finds you all in the middle of a beautiful and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

No worries – the Adult and Parish Choirs are singing this Sunday, all choristers are off.

If you are traveling, be safe!

The Choir Family News is attached, here we go into December ! 🙂

Some upcoming highlights:

THIS WEEK is the last full schedule week for 2015.

Tuesday: The last Novice Girl Rehearsal for 2015.
Tuesday: The last Junior Afternoon Rehearsal and Evensong for 2015.
Friday: The last Novice Boy Rehearsal for 2015.

SUNDAY DEC. 6, REQUIRED SUNDAY FOR ALL NOVICE AND JUNIOR CHORISTERS.
The Novice and Junior Choristers with take the place of the Senior Choristers on 6 December to lead the music at the 11 a.m. service.
Their call/warm up rehearsal is 9:45 a.m. that morning.
Please enter through the 802 Broadway Door and come to the music room.
The service begins at 11 a.m. and ends about 12:20
Senior Choristers with parents permission are most invited to be Senior Mentors for the morning.

THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY! Sunday evening 6 December in the GCS Dining Room.
This is a very special event for everyone from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Please RSVP and go to the sign up link to help and donate food and decorations.

THE COMMUNITY CAROL SING!
This special tradition takes place in the Church on Wednesday 9 December from 12:15-12:45 p.m.
The choristers feast on a special lunch of pie pizza prior to the sing and lead us all in some of our favorite carols in the church.
Bring family, friends, colleagues and enjoy the beauty of Grace Church and the lovely seasonal music.

Again, be safe and have a wonderful remainder of the holiday, love, Patrick

28 November 2015
CHOIR FAMILY NEWS:

SUNDAY DEC. 6, REQUIRED SUNDAY FOR ALL NOVICE AND JUNIOR CHORISTERS.
The Novice and Junior Choristers with take the place of the Senior Choristers on 6 December to lead the music at the 11 a.m. service.
Their call/warm up rehearsal is 9:45 a.m. that morning.
Please enter through the 802 Broadway Door and come to the music room.

THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY! Sunday evening 6 December in the GCS Dining Room. This is a very special event for everyone from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Please RSVP and go to the sign up link to help and donate food and decorations.

THE COMMUNITY CAROL SING! This special tradition takes place in the Church on Wednesday 9 December from 12:15-12:45 p.m. The choristers feast on a special lunch of pie pizza prior to the sing and lead us all in some of our favorite carols in the church.
Bring family, friends, colleagues and enjoy the beauty of Grace Church and the lovely seasonal music.

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: helfensteinch@yahoo.com.

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

CAROLING AT THE UNION SQUARE CHRISTMAS MARKET:
Thank you for your patience. After going through all the schedules and looking at the possibilities it just isn’t possible for us to schedule caroling at the market this year.
There is always next year! Stay safe and healthy!

SIGN UP GENIUS: Melinda Weir has organized our sign up for helping with choristers activities through sign up genius. She does an amazing job at this, make sure you say Thank you! Sign up Genius has been very practical in making the sign to help as a choir parent helper easy and efficient. HERE IS THE LINK: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040B4CA9A72DA64-choir2

WEBSITE: www.gracechurchnyc.org
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CHOIR SCHEDULES 2015 – 2016: REMEMBER Kathy’s Link to our Goggle Doc Schedules, they are ready to go for 2014-2015:
http://gchoirsched.info/home.html

CURRENT SCHEDULE:

December

December 1 (Tuesday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior Boy Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

December 1 (Tuesday) – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal Schedule for Girl Novices
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Drop off and Pick up in the Music Room.
LAST TUESDAY REHEARSAL FOR 2015

December 1 (Tuesday) – Tuesday Rehearsal for Boy
and Girl Junior Choristers 5:00 – 6:30, Drop off and Pick up in the Muisc Room.
EVENSONG TODAY – LAST TUESDAY REHEARSAL AND EVENSONG FOR 2015

December 2 (Wednesday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior Boy Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

December 2 (Wednesday) After School Vocal Coaching. Sign up in advance for each session with PA. Music Office

December 3 (Thursday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior and Junior Boy Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

December 3 (Thursday) After School Vocal Coaching. Sign up in advance for each session with PA. Music Office

December 4 (Friday) – Regular Morning Rehearsal Schedule for Senior and Junior Girl Choristers 7:00 – 8:10 a.m.

December 4 (Friday) – Regular Afternoon Rehearsal Schedule for Boy Novices 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. LAST TUESDAY REHEARSAL FOR 2015

Sunday December 6, The Novice and Junior Choristers Singing!
9:45 Call for all Choristers (REQUIRED for JUNIORS and NOVICES)
OPTIONAL for all seniors! Be a senior mentor – It’s fun!

Sunday December 6, The Annual Choir Christmas Party in the GCS Dining Room!

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

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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”

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