Pipe Organ Factory Tour

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.


Simple Gifts Concert Series Hits Record Attendance Numbers This Season

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)



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



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

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.”


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.


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!


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.