Wishes for a Holy and Light filled Advent and Happy Chanukah

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.

PLEASE JOIN ME IN THANKING our PIE CHAIRS:
Mary Cannon, Dominique Schulte, Cara Wall for all their hard work, passion and amazing creativity!
and all the Distribution volunteers:
Melissa Davis
Yunjae Chung
Kate McCabe
Annabel Nau
Em Hynes
Adrienne Goldthorpe
Annette Robinson
Renee Noel

and an
Extra big thanks to Anne Zaccaro who dedicated hours to creating the labels and organizing the distribution system.

Our annual pie sale was a huge success! Our top-selling chorister this year is…..Bellamy Stapleton! Congratulations, Bellamy, and thanks for your hard work.

Other top sellers include Eleanor Livings, Arielle Sibley-Grice, Lucia DiDomenico, George Pertuz, Liya Carrigan, and Davi and Dana Vincent. As a team, we surpassed our goals earning the choristers an Ice Cream Sundae Extravaganza post Wednesday’s Community Carol Sing.

WELL DONE EVERYONE and THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF
THE CHOIR SPECIAL PROJECTS FUND!

THIS SUNDAY
The First Sunday of Advent and Tech Weekend
The First Novice/Junior Chorister Sunday, December 2, 2018
Call for all Novice and Junior Choristers 9:45 a.m.
Go to the Honor Room and put on your vestments, then go to the Chantry to warm up.
Enter at 802 Broadway and come around by the Music Room – Nurse Wendy’s to the Honor Room to vest and warm up.

Service at 11:00 a.m. over around 12:20 p.m.
REQUIRED FOR ALL NOVICES AND JUNIORS.
ALL SENIOR CHORISTERS NOT IN THE SCHOOL PLAY ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME AND BE SENIOR MENTORS AND HELP LEAD OUR YOUNGER COLLEAGUES

4:00 An Advent Procession with Carols sung by the Adult Choir

5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The ANNUAL CHOIR CHRISTMAS PARTY
in the GCS Dining Room.
Don’t forget to RSVP and sign up!

Wednesday 5 December 2018, The Community Carol Sing in the Church.
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
All Choristers singing. Parents, please sign up to help with the Pizza party, Choir parent helpers and with the Ice Cream Party.

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!

MORE HOMEWORK FOR CHORSITERS – Listen to the Berntsein – It’s great NYC music and we will be offering it on the big April 26 Concert! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2g6eu6tJQU

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

A Choir Family Newsletter!
Friday 30 November 2018

Wishes for a Holy and Light filled Advent and Happy Chanukah

THIS SUNDAY
The First Sunday of Advent and Tech Weekend
The First Novice/Junior Chorister Sunday, December 2, 2018
Call for all Novice and Junior Choristers 9:45 a.m.
Go to the Honor Room and put on your vestments, then go to the Chantry to warm up. Enter at 802 Broadway and come around by the Music Room – Nurse Wendy’s to the Honor Room to vest and warm up.

Service at 11:00 a.m. over around 12:20 p.m.
REQUIRED FOR ALL NOVICES AND JUNIORS.
ALL SENIOR CHORISTERS NOT IN THE SCHOOL PLAY ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME AND BE SENIOR MENTORS AND HELP LEAD OUR YOUNGER COLLEAGUES

4:00 An Advent Procession with Carols sung by the Adult Choir

5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The ANNUAL CHOIR CHRISTMAS PARTY
in the GCS Dining Room.
Don’t forget to RSVP and sign up!

Wednesday 5 December 2018, The Community Carol Sing in the Church.
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
All Choristers singing. More details next week.

Mother Julia’s Corner:

Two fun things going on this weekend at Grace Church:
1) We’re having a Youth Group night for all teens in grades 7-12 here in the Grace Church School Dining Room today, Friday 11/30 from 6-8pm. All youth and friends are very welcome regardless of church affiliation. Please bring $10 for takeout dinner.

2) Advent Wreath Workshop Sunday, Dec. 2. If you’re dropping off a chorister at 9:45, you and the rest of your family can head to the School Dining Room to make a wreath to mark the season before Christmas. Or you can come with your chorister after the 11am service, same place. We provide greens and trimmings and candles. Suggested donation is $20 per wreath. Blessings! Mother Julia

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
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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:

• 30 November to December 10

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

• Sunday 2 December

The First Sunday of Advent and Tech Weekend

The First Novice/Junior Chorister Sunday, December 2, 2018
Call for all Novice and Junior Choristers 9:45 a.m.
Go to the Honor Room and put on your vestments, then go to the Chantry to warm up.
Service at 11:00 a.m. over around 12:20 p.m.
REQUIRED FOR ALL NOVICES AND JUNIORS.
ALL SENIOR CHORISTERS NOT IN THE SCHOOL PLAY ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME AND BE SENIOR MENTORS AND HELP LEAD OUR YOUNGER COLLEAGUES

5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The ANNUAL CHOIR CHRISTMAS PARTY
in the GCS Dining Room.
Don’t forget to RSVP and sign up!

• 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 – Junior Tuesday Evening is finished until 2019. No rehearsal or Evensong until January! (Evensong in February after the Concert)

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

Wednesday 5 December 2018, The Community Carol Sing in the Church.
Lunch for Choristers in the Chantry around 11:00/11:15 a.m.
12:15 – 12:45 p.m. in the Church
All Choristers singing.

Wednesday – Novice Girls Rehearsal is finished for 2018. We will begin again in January to get ready for your big concert!

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

Thursday – Novice Boys Rehearsal is finished for 2018. We will begin again in January to get ready for your big concert!

• 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.

• Saturday Afternoon, 1:00 – 3:00
Dress Rehearsal for the Britten A CEREMONY OF CAROLS in the Church
All Senior Girls’ Choristers REQUIRED. Enter through the main church doors on Broadway.

• Sunday 9 December
• Morning: The Choir of Men and Boys singing
• SENIORS REQUIRED, Novice and Juniors Optional
• 9:45 a.m. Call, 11:00 a.m. Service, no lunch or afternoon rehearsal.

• Afternoon: The Girls’ Choir singing, 4:00 Service
• Warm up at 2:15 p.m. in the Church.
• All Novice and Junior Girls Required to attend the service, sit with you parents.

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

ONGOING INFORMATION SOURCES:

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*Sign Up Genius for Choir Parent Volunteer Sign Link:
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*Sign Up Genius Tuesday Night Parent Helpers:
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*Accessing the Secure Choir Family Area of the Music Website:
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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.