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the latest news of the Music Ministry of Glenview Community Church

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The “Friends of Music Fund” Thanks You!

The music ministry of GCC thrives because of donations each year to our Friends of Music Fund.  While 80% of our expenses come from the annual operating budget, up to another 20% comes from this fund, making the difference between surviving and thriving.  The Friends of Music Fund supports both our worship services and community outreach (concert series).  From hiring musicians to play in the Peace Concert and providing an honorarium to the Glenview Concert Band for the July lawn concert to purchasing folders for the Chancel Choir and gloves for the Joyful Ringers to commissioning musical works dedicated to the ministry of GCC, the Friends of Music Fund has been a vital resource for many decades.  To make a donation, simply send your gift to the GCC office clearly marked for the Friends of Music, or put a “Music Offering” envelope (found in the lobby kiosks) into the Sunday offering plates.   Thank you for your continued support!


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The Year In Review (so far) – 2018

It has been a while since our last blog post.  From stretching ourselves to sing a mass setting in Spanish to taking the Joyful Ringers on a road trip to preparing for a major construction project, we have begun 2018 with a mighty roar!  Here are a few highlights of the first half of the year, with the promise that we’ll be back online more regularly again.

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Part of the plan includes moving our bell room from an unheated storage area on the 2nd floor of the transept to what is currently a stage.  It will be accessible and heated!  Additionally, thanks to the Nutting Fund, we will build an actual library to house our music collections for the first time in the history of GCC.



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We continued our tradition of “Second Easter” this year with music from Broadway musicals focused on spreading joy to our world.  What shall we do next year?







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Our bell choir had the pleasure of playing during worship at Douglas Congregational UCC in Douglas, Michigan.  Our very first retreat weekend, we fell in love with this church – its congregation and minister – the towns of Douglas & Saugatuck, we gathered around the fire pit, shopped together, ate together, and got to know our fellow Joyful Ringers better than ever before.

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by Ariel Ramirez

The Chancel Choir, accompanied by Raices del Ande (Roots of the Andes), shared this deeply moving setting of the mass.  The worship experience this day was something we will remember for years to come.


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Sing to Live® Community Chorus

Our sanctuary was once again filled with 90+ singers and a full house on October 21st with the Sing to Live® Community Chorus.  Their mission is “to provide a musical outlet that celebrates hope and survival and provides spiritual, emotional and physical benefits for singers whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.”  Sing to Live® calls GCC home for their weekly rehearsals and two concerts per year.  More information can be found on their website.


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Simple Gifts 2017-2018 Concert Season

Welcome to the 2017-2018 concert season at Glenview Community Church.  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.  Our concerts support local charitable organizations and promote social justice in our world.  Join us as we make a difference through music!  




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GCC Choirs Back in the Swing – JOIN US!

You’re invited to participate in the ensembles of GCC!  Our program year begins in just a few weeks, and all are welcome.  Join us as we begin another exciting year of musical leadership and ministry!



Chancel Choir

Thursdays, beginning August 31 – 7:30p – 9:15p

High School and older.  No audition necessary!  Contact us for more info.


The Joyful Ringers

Thursdays, beginning August 31 – 6:15p – 7:20p

High School and older.  No audition necessary!  Contact us for more info.



Pilgrim Wind Quartet

Wednesdays, 2X/month, beginning August 23 – 7:00p – 8:00p

High School and older.  No audition necessary, but reservation required.  Contact us for more info.  

Voices of GCC

Sundays, beginning August 20 – 3:00p – 4:00p

Grades 3-5.  No audition necessary!  Contact us for more info.

Primary Choir

Sundays, beginning September 17 – 9:15a – 9:45a

Grades K-2.  No audition necessary!  Contact us for more info.

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Summer Music @ GCC

Each summer we are blessed to have our musical volunteers share their music in our worship services while the choirs are on holiday.  Many thanks to the folks listed here who give their time and talents to be our worship leaders!



Lenore Dupuis, soloist



Pilgrim Wind Quartet:  Sue Cunningham, flute; Kathie Bolthouse, oboe;

Edie Harrison, clarinet; Bill Dawson, bassoon

Tom Aldrich, soloist

Summer Gospel Choir



Katherine Hughes, violin

Dan Fergus, guitar

Jamie Chodoroff, soloist




Stephen Alltop, Director of Music-Alice Millar Chapel, guest organist

Vocal Ensemble:  Sheryl Long, Tricia Melzer Swaydrak, Beth Raebel, Bonnie Dohring, Sue Ruch, Jill Ruter, John Bond, Bob Raebel, Bruce Wedell, Tom Macfadden, Barry Nelson, Steve Ruch


Royce Eckhardt, guest organist

Kevin Kizer, saxophone

(Your name could be here)



Royce Eckhardt, guest organist

Tricia Melzer Swaydrak, soloist



Richard Clemmitt, Organist & Choirmaster-Christ Church Winnetka, guest organist

Ornduff Family Singers:  Karen, Katelyn, Stephanie

Hands of Peace Sunday



Jamie Chodoroff, soloist






Tom Aldrich, soloist



The Three Barleytones:  Tom Aldrich, Bill Cooper, Russ Hiltz

(Your name could be here)



Summer Handbell Choir

Mickey Safstrom, soloist

Leisl Jaberg, handbell solo

Borna Bonakdarpour, piano



Katherine Hughes, violin

Kathryn Heiser, flute

Beth Forrester, soloist





Kent Wehman, guest pianist

Katherine Hughes, violin

Dale Susan Edmonds, soloist




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Simple Gifts – A Community Concert Series

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2016-2017 Season

Number of Concerts = 8

Audience Members = 1600+

Community Value = Priceless


It is difficult to attach a number to the impact GCC’s Simple Gift Concert Series has on our community.  The series brings together groups of behind-the-scenes volunteers (stage crew, performers, ambassadors, homestay hosts for visiting choirs), generates money, awareness and support for important causes (Toys For Tots, Breast Cancer Research, Northfield Township Food Pantry, Hands of Peace), connects us with community service, military and veterans groups and brings together people from Glenview and beyond through the power of music.  Our mission is to “nourish the souls of all who enter” with high quality, innovative, community-based programming.  Thank you for your continued support of one of GCC’s most visible and impactful outreach ministries!  Stay tuned for our new season!

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