Greetings Everyone,

I hope you are having a beautiful Friday.

The Choirs had a great dress rehearsal last night for this evening’s concert.
It should be a lot of fun.

The concert begins at 7:00 in the church and should last about an hour.

The wonderful and beautiful reception that follows is amazing – new families you are in for a treat!
Don’t forget to get your tickets either on line or at the door and if you haven’t – sign up to help.

Next week we follow a normal schedule almost.
No vocal coaching on Wednesday so I can do senior auditions.

See you tonight and have a beautiful and safe day, love, Patrick

CHOIR FAMILY NEWS 29 APRIL 2016

PLANNING AHEAD:
There will be no Tuesday afternoon Choir activities for
Third Grade Junior Girls or
Fourth and Fifth Grade Junior Boys and Girls
On Tuesday 10 May
Enjoy the afternoon off.

*THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE:

Sunday 1 May, The Choir of Men and Boys
9:45 Call for All Senior Boys Choristers (REQUIRED)
10:15 Call for Junior Boy Choristers (Optional)
11:00 Service

No lunch or rehearsal after church today.

Tuesday 3 May
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Boys
Senior Girls most welcome!

Tuesday 3 May – Novice – now NEW JUNIOR Girls’ Rehearsal
3:20 – 4:30 Gather in the HONOR ROOM,
Drop off and Pick up in the Honor Room!

Tuesday 3 MayJunior Boys and Girls Rehearsal
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
 Gather in the HONOR ROOM,
Drop off and Pick up in the Honor Room!
EVENSONG TODAY at 6:00 p.m. in the Church.

Wednesday 4 May
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Senior Girls
Senior Boys most welcome

Wednesday 4 May
3:20 – 4:30 p.m. Senior Auditions after School in the Music Office

Thursday 5 May
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Junior and Senior Boys

Thursday 5 May
3:20 – 4:30 p.m. After School Vocal Coaching, Music Office

Friday 6 May
7:00 a.m. Breakfast Club and Morning Rehearsal, Junior and Senior Girls

Friday 6 May – Novice – now NEW JUNIOR Boys Rehearsal
3:20 – 4:30 Gather in the HONOR ROOM,
Drop off and Pick up in the Honor Room!

Sunday 8 May, The Choir of Men and Boys with the Girls’ Choir
Mother’s Day
Promotion of new Senior Choristers (even if we haven’t finished all the auditions yet)
9:45 Call for All Senior Choristers old and new(REQUIRED)
10:15 Call for Junior Choristers (Optional)
11:00 Service

No Rehearsals in the afternoon.

OLD NEWS FOR REVIEW:

The Novice Class of 2015-2016 has been promoted, they are now called NEW JUNIORS.

The NEW JUNIOR SCHEDULE does not change at all. The time and day commitments remain the same to support all the complicated schedules that we all live through.

Around February 18, the 5th grade Juniors will get their invitation to audition for Senior Chorister. DON’T WORRY! They know the music already, it is not something they must be coached on or need special preparation for. The concert Sunday was the climax of that preparation. DON’T WORRY about rushing to schedule their appointment, we have all the way until Mother’s Day to do it.

The fifth graders becoming Senior Choristers for 2016-2017 will be promoted to Senior on Mother’s Day. Sometimes one or two are away visiting grandparents. They will be promoted in spirit.

Some notes about Holy Communion at Grace Church……

* All baptized Christians are invited, the Episcopal Church welcomes every tradition.
* No one is forced to have communion, that is a decision each family makes on their own.
* Please talk with your chorister about Holy Communion and what you would like them to do.
* If you do not want your child to take communion, just let them know this and ask them to cross their arms over their chest when they go to the communion rail.
The priest will smile and give them a blessing, but not give them communion.
We ask all the children to go to the communion rail for the traffic flow.
* The congregation at Grace respects all faith traditions or the decision not to practice a faith tradition and is thankful that you allow your child to be part of the choir.
Please feel no pressure, each person must make their own choices about their beliefs.
We just ask that the choristers respect where they are and what is going on, and that their “job” is leading/offering music in this house of prayer.
*Please ask questions, I love them and it helps me support you and your children.
REMEMBER……DROP OFF/PICK UP For All JUNIOR CHORISTERS for Tuesday and Friday Rehearsals is now THE HONOR ROOM – Enter from the School via the water fountain and stairs of the tower through the 8th grade dump :-).

IF YOU WENT ON THE FRANCE TOUR SUMMER 2015 – WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS!
Please collect your photo files and send them to Olivia Douglas! She has volunteered to collect our photos and edit them into a fun and special keep sake item for the community. Talk with her for more details!

YOUR CHOIR STEERING COMMITTEE is a great source for information and for continuing to grow and care for our choirs. Here is our great committee, feel invited to ask questions, talk about choir life and just enjoy their wonderful company! You may be a member some day!

Novice Reps:
Dominique Schulte, schulted@me.com
Mary Cannon, medcannon@nyc.rr.com

Junior Reps:
Katherine Keane, kathykeane@gmail.com
Shannon Cave, shannon.cave@gmail.com
Meaghan Cheung,meaghanscheung@gmail.com
Jason Hackett, kieran.jason.hackett@gmail.com
Olivia Douglas, oliviadouglas@me.com

Senior Reps:
Erik Sorensen, esorensen5@gmail.com
Ellen McElduff, ellenmcelduff@aol.com
Shannon Cave, shannon.cave@gmail.com
Kevin Rotheroe, krotheroe@nyc.rr.com
Anne Zaccaro, annezaccaro@pzaccaro.com
Erin Hussein, ezyko@yahoo.com

+Alumni:
Dana Foote, dfoote@gcschool.org
Laura Holt, laurablackholt@gmail.com
Vicky Hurley, vicky.mcgarry@gmail.com

+Technology and PR: Kathy Keane, Tom Evans
+Staff: Patrick Allen, Don Waring

NEW REHEARSAL BATHROOM POLICY: Many choristers have been taking advantage of the honor system of going to the bathroom so the policy must adjust. We can’t have choristers wandering around the facility during rehearsal unsupervised. All Choristers must now make sure to use the bathroom on their way to choir, only in extreme situations will anyone be allowed to leave a rehearsal. I’ve checked with Mrs. Collet, she says you all will be ok 

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*AS THE YEAR 2015 HAS COME TO AN END…please look 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.