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.
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.
We are beginning to share audio clips of the work of the music ministry on our website! Check these out and share with your friends and family. More to come!
Our latest excerpts:
Sunday, April 3 will mark the kick-off to the 75th Anniversary of GCC with our second annual worship service based on the inspiration of popular music. Last year, we were inspired by music of The Beatles. This year, we will sing songs from each decade of GCC. Join us!
The Chancel Choir, Joyful Ringers and brass quintet will lead us in worship Easter Sunday morning. Here is our morning schedule for March 27:
7:45 – Joyful Ringers warm up
8:00 – Chancel Choir & Brass warm up
9:00 – Easter Worship #1
10:15 – 10:45 – break
11:00 – Easter Worship #2
2016 is off to an exciting and busy start for everyone in the music ministry! Looking ahead to our spring worship services and concerts, here is a quick schedule of musical events at GCC.
Sunday, March 6 @ 10:00 AM– Chancel Choir, Kent Wehman/Gary Wendt piano-organ duets
Sunday, March 13 @ 10:00 AM– Chancel Choir, Pilgrim Wind Quartet, Voices of GCC
@ 3:00 PM – SIMPLE GIFTS CONCERT – A Concert for Peace:
Members and friends of GCC will explore the theme of “Peace” through a wide variety of styles and ensembles. Featuring Katherine Hughes, Kevin Kizer, Jade Maze, Ken Haebich, Jill Kaeding, Carol Kalvonjian, Benton Wedge, Kent Wehman, Neal Wehman, and Gary Wendt.
Sunday, March 20 @ 10:00 AM– Chancel Choir – PALM SUNDAY
Thursday, March 24 @ 7:30 PM – Chancel Choir – MAUNDY THURSDAY
*note: Chancel Choir rehearsal will be held at 8:30 after the worship service.
Friday, March 25 @ 7:30 PM – Chancel Choir – GOOD FRIDAY
Saturday, March 26 @ 7:30 PM – no music ensemble – EASTER VIGIL
Sunday, March 27 @ 9:00 & 11:00 AM – Chancel Choir, Joyful Ringers, Brass Quintet – EASTER SUNDAY
Sunday, April 3 @ 10:00 AM – Chancel Choir, Katherine Hughes/Kevin Kizer/guest instrumentalists – DECADES SUNDAY
Saturday, April 9 @ 10-noon – Chancel Choir rehearsal for Vivaldi “Gloria”
Sunday, April 10 @ 10:00 AM – Chancel Choir, Orchestra – VIVALDI “GLORIA”
Saturday, April 16 @ 7:30 PM – SIMPLE GIFTS CONCERT – Sing to Live Community Chorus “Beatlemania”
Sunday, April 17 @ 10:00 AM – Chancel Choir, Joyful Ringers
Sunday, April 24 @ 10:00 AM – Children’s Choirs – MUSICAL “MALICE IN THE PALACE”
Monday, April 25 @ 6:30 PM – Children’s Choirs – MUSICAL “MALICE IN THE PALACE”
Sunday, May 1 @ 10:00 AM – Chancel Choir – CONFIRMATION
Sunday, May 8 @ 10:00 AM – Chancel Choir – MOTHER’S DAY
Sunday, May 15 @ 10:00 AM – Chancel Choir
Sunday, May 22 @ 10:00 AM – PYF Singers – YOUTH SUNDAY
Sunday, May 29 @ 10:00 AM – Small Ensemble – MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
@ 4:00 PM – SIMPLE GIFTS CONCERT – God Bless America – For Those Who Gave Their All
Sunday, June 5 @ 10:00 AM – Chancel Choir, Joyful Ringers – FINAL SUNDAY FOR CHOIRS
Sunday, June 12 @ 10:00 AM – Summer Music Schedule Begins