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the latest news of the Music Ministry of Glenview Community Church

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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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Youth Choirs from Crystal Lake



We were blessed to have the Alleluia Sound & Good Vibrations youth choirs from First Congregational Church in Crystal Lake open their 45th Annual Spring Tour in our sanctuary last week Friday.  What an impressive group of musicians to perform an outstanding concert!  Special thanks to Sheryl Long, Betsy Martin and Maren Miller for setting up their pre-concert meal and to the many host families from GCC who opened their homes to these young people after the concert.  From here, the choirs went on to Kentucky before returning back to Illinois.  Kudos and thanks to everyone involved!

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GCC is hosting the Youth Choirs (vocal and handbells) from Crystal Lake Congregational Church for a concert on Friday, April 21.  We are looking for approximately 15 GCC homes to host these wonderful teenagers overnight following a 7:30 PM concert in the sanctuary.  Return time is 8:00 AM on Saturday, April 22 when they will travel to their next tour destination.  Please let Gary Wendt know if you are willing to host a couple of these young musicians.   847.724.2210 X251.