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Happy Friday everyone.
I’m trying a new vehicle and format for the newsletter. Let me know your suggestions and thoughts.

Well done Choristers singing at Early Childhood and Lower School Chapels this week. You did a great job and were on your toes, especially with the set up in place for the Choral Society Concert. I am so proud of you all.

Repeated from last week:
The campaign for the choir furniture is going very well. Already close to $150,000.00 has been pledged (It’s even higher now, I don’t have the most recent numbers). Now we have to close the gap on the last $50,000. Our goal is to be able to say completed on 9 June at the end of our season and have everything finished and ready for use by the opening of the new season in September. We can do it!

Repeated from last week:
NEXT YEAR – a proposed change and a new category of choir membership.
Thank you for your patience while I did some thinking about next season and next steps in our choir training and community.

I’d like to introduce a new level of chorister – The New Senior! This is being offered to our current 3rd grade boys and current 4th grade girls for September.

They will take on the responsibilities and schedule of our current senior choristers but with their age and experience do so as “NEW” and without the audition all the current Seniors took to become seniors. At the end of their fifth grade year they will take the audition and drop the “New” and enter into the “Sr” Senior or just plain Senior level.

Anyone in this age group who wants to continue on as a Junior and keep that schedule may and still audition for senior at the end of their fifth grade year. New Seniors are also encouraged to “Senior Mentor” at Tuesday Evensong.

Remember – we are working with creative scheduling as modern music makers, so if you have concerns, suggestions or questions, just ask or share.

Remember – you don’t have to enter the choir in 2nd or 3rd grades. Some people enter later and while we focus now on recruiting for September, joining the choir is possible year round.

I think this new step will support the best deployment for the highest level of training and musical opportunity of our choristers and for the good health of the choirs. Thank you for working with me on this. Onward and upward.

THIS SUNDAY: The Choir of Men and Boys with the Girls’ Choir and HS Singers – It’s Mother’s Day! 9:45 call Required for all Seniors.

NEXT WEEK:
* Tuesday Morning – 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 at 6:00 p.m.

* 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
New Junior Girl Choristers (2nd Grade).
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 – 4:15 p.m. Regular Afternoon Rehearsal
Schedule for New Junior Boy Choristers (2nd Grade).
Rehearse in the Chantry.

* Friday Morning – 7:00 – 8:10 a.m. Junior and Senior Girl Rehearsal.
Breakfast Club in the Reception room

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

* Sunday Morning, 19 May, The Combined Junior Choristers with Senior
Mentors Singers singing
9:45 Call Required for all Junior Boys and Girls and Senior Mentors.
11:00 Service

Looking ahead for all Old and New Juniors:
Sunday 19 May the final “Junior” Sunday – Tech weekend. 9:45 Call, sing the 11:00 a.m. service. Required for all Juniors.

Sunday 9 June, the final Sunday of the Choir Season, Required for everyone.

All my love, Patrick

A NOTE FROM DANA FOOTE:
Dear Choir Parents,
Wasn’t Friday night extraordinary?! I am still reeling from the beauty of the concert and the amazing reception spearheaded by Mary Cannon and, of course, the highlight of that incredible film by Jane Jaffin. If you would like a keepsake of this historic concert, you can still purchase a DVD by following this link.
With love from,
Dana

PS from Patrick – please note due to copyright negotiations this DVD of the concert must be kept only for private – personal use and not uploaded or distributed outside our choir family community. Thank you for respecting this. Love, P.

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The Goggle Choir Schedule Calendar Link
Sign Up Genius for Choir Parent Volunteer Sign Link
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Sign Up Genius Tuesday Night Parent Helpers

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