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the latest news of the Music Ministry of Glenview Community Church


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November/December Schedules

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:  gary.wendt@gccucc.org

 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

 

CHILDREN’S CHOIRS

Primary Choir Schedule Here

Voices of GCC Schedule Here

 

And, just for fun, here are a few more pictures of the construction:

 

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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Calling all singers!

 

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
7:30p service

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


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Fall Concert Marathon!

We were fortunate to host 3 incredible concert weekends in a row at GCC.  With over 1000 audience members filling our sanctuary, the fall concerts presented a wide variety of music with stunning performances.  Kudos to all, thank you for sharing your gifts with us, and thanks to our GCC volunteers for ushering, setting up and tearing down for each event!

The Sing to Live Community Chorus , directed by Wilbert Watkins, is a chorus of 90 singers whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.  They’ll be back on April 16th to present “The British Invasion.”

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Imprint is a new group directed by Marty Sirvatka, retired choral director from Glenbrook South High School, featuring alums from his many years of teaching.

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Apollo Chorus of Chicago, under the direction of Stephen Alltop, presented a powerful fall preview program of music from the Messiah, the Duruflé Requiem and much more.  Click here for a video snippet.  Be sure to join us for their spring concert on March 16!

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Moving Right Along – Construction Update

Contractors are hard at work on the new bell room & music library.  The old choir room air handler was removed, the walls torn down to make way for the new HVAC unit for the choir and bell rooms, and the framing of the walls of the music library and bell room are finished.  Onward now to the electrical work, floor building and drywalling!  The dust is flying, but as they say, “You have to crack some eggs to make the omelette!”  Thanks to all for being flexible and for pitching in to clean and protect our instruments  and resources from the dust.

 

 

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Construction Begins!

As construction begins, we want to thank everyone for their flexibility as the dust starts to fly and we consolidate on spaces for a while.  We just finished a week of “Cut, Cap and Make Safe.”  It was a week of putting up temporary construction walls & doors in order to isolate the work areas from the useable building space.  As updates on our music spaces come in, we will keep you informed here on this blog as well as through the church e-blasts and Broadcaster newsletter.

Drawings, plans, etc. can be found here.


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Welcome To Our New Children’s Choir Director!

We are thrilled to welcome Lydia Lane Stout as our Director of Children’s Music and Worship Associate.  Lydia will direct our children’s choirs as well as work with our Chancel Choir and Joyful Ringers to help us envision collaboration opportunities with the kids!  Lydia recently received her masters in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University. While working toward her degree, Lydia directed a church choir at FCUCC Grand Ledge and two children’s choirs through the Michigan State University Community Music School, where she launched a free satellite choir program in Lansing public schools. 

After graduating from Oberlin in 2012, Lydia joined the Chicago Children’s Choir as an In-School Conductor, directing eighteen children’s choirs around the city. While in Chicago, she founded and directed common pulse, a professional vocal ensemble, as well as the Admiral Chorus, an ensemble for retired singers living at The Admiral at the Lake. In addition to her conducting positions, Lydia sang with Peregrine Vocal Ensemble and Wicker Park Choral Singers.

Lydia and her husband live in their Logan Square home and music studio with their cats, Wrinkle and Time. Outside of GCC, Lydia can be found directing choirs at the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago, teaching private lessons, singing in mirabai, nurturing common pulse, practicing yoga, and taking too many pictures of her cats. 

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