Last night, we were blessed with the beautiful sounds of the Sing to Live Community Chorus. A choir of cancer survivors and their families, Sing to Live touched the souls of a packed audience. Bravo! Brava! Many thanks to the GCC volunteers who made it all happen behind the scenes: Barry, Heidi, Mickey, Bill, Pearl, Russ, Peter, Carol, Greg, Doug & the Chancel Choir setup crew!
Check out selected musical works from the music ministry on our SoundCloud page! Download the SoundCloud app and the playlist will be at the tip of your fingers for your daily walk/commute!
A group from GCC visited Berghaus Organ Company in Bellwood, IL during an open house they hosted on March 23. We were treated to demonstrations of how pipe organs are built and saw pipes from our own Buzard, Opus 21 on the workbenches as they begin their cleaning process. Berghaus Organ Company was awarded the contract to clean, re-voice and upgrade our organ chambers after a dusty church construction project.
We are thrilled to announce that, so far this season, The Simple Gifts Concert Series has brought 2000 audience members into the pews of Glenview Community Church. It is an all-time record for our concerts here, with four concerts still to come.
Did you know…?
…GCC’s concert series was re-invented to be called “Simple Gifts” in 2006 when staff and volunteers crafted the vision, “With its variety of musical styles and sonorities, Simple Gifts hopes to touch and nourish the souls of all who enter here, creating a celebration through music shared by congregational, community and international artists.”
…Simple Gifts runs on a zero budget? All costs for the series come from donations to the music ministry. We strive to engage GCC members and community groups in our performances each season, and employ volunteers to setup/teardown in order to minimize impact on the facilities staff.
…Simple Gifts has a small army of dedicated volunteers that make the weekly operations of running a performance venue smooth. Thanks, kudos, and pats-on-the-backs go to these incredible people:
• Sheryl Long – publicity
• Dan Fergus – graphics
• Doug Hively & the “stage crew” who set up/take down for each event. (There are so many in this group it is difficult to name all of you)
• Maren Miller, Margaret Ludemann & all of our ambassadors/ushers (Again, a large group)
• Tricia Melzer Swaydrak, Katherine Hughes – artistic & program development
Are you someone who would like to join the volunteer ranks? If so, contact Gary Wendt. Are you someone who would like to be in our audience? Don’t miss out – join us:
Thursday, April 4 @ 7pm – The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Choirs
Saturday, April 13 @ 7:30pm – Sing to Live Community Chorus
Sunday, April 28 @ 4pm – American Guild of Organists Young Artist Recital – featuring organists Adam Gruber, Madeleine Woodworth and Jonathan Rudy, First Place/Audience Prize Winner of the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance
Sunday, May 19 @ 3pm – Organ Walk 8 (featuring organs at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, New Church, St. David’s Church and GCC)
Join us for our annual concert of music centered on themes of peace, featuring Katherine Hughes, Kevin Kizer, Jade Maze, Gary Wendt and members of the Chancel Choir. All proceeds benefit Hands of Peace.
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As we approach the Christmas season at GCC, we wanted to share our various schedules for the remainder of 2018. You can also find a calendar here. If you want to subscribe to the GCC music calendar, email Gary and he’ll share it with you: email@example.com
Join us for the final rehearsals, worship services and performances of 2018!
CHANCEL CHOIR (more detailed schedule here)
Th, Nov. 15 @ 7:30p – rehearsal in sanctuary
Th, Nov. 29 @ 7:30p – rehearsal at St. David’s Episcopal, corner of Glenview & Shermer
Th, Dec. 6, 13, 20 @ 7:30p – rehearsal in sanctuary
Mon, Dec. 24 @ 8:00p – warm up in sanctuary. 9:00p Christmas Eve service
TOYS CHORUS (all singers are invited!)
Wed, Dec. 5 & 12 @ 7:00p in sanctuary
Sat, Dec. 15 @5:30p – warm up in sanctuary. 7:00p CONCERT
JOYFUL RINGERS (more detailed schedule here)
Th, Nov. 15 – rehearsal
Th, Nov. 22 – NO rehearsal – Happy Thanksgiving!
Th, Nov. 29 – NO rehearasl – Happy Pageant rehearsal!
Th, Dec. 6, 13, 20 – rehearsals in sanctuary
Mon, Dec. 24 @ 7:30p – warm up in sanctuary. 9:00p Christmas Eve service
And, just for fun, here are a few more pictures of the construction:
The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service of Glenview will be Tuesday, Nov 20 at Glenview United Methodist Church, 727 Harlem.
If you are interested in singing:
6:30p call, meet in the Sanctuary
What to wear – options
A robe/stole from our choir room.
Borrow a robe (you’re welcome to one of theirs at Glenview United Methodist).
If you don’t want to wear a robe, you don’t have to. Do your thing!
What we’re singing (scores can be downloaded here)
For the Beauty of the Earth: John Rutter
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah: arr. Mark Hayes