Choirs

The Chapel Choir

The Chapel Choir is for children, ages 3 to 7. They meet every Friday afternoon from 3:45 – 4:15 pm (snack at 3:30 pm) to learn about singing, play music games and rhythm instruments, and prepare songs to offer in church on the first Sunday of each month, October through June. The Children’s Chapel choir is under the direction of Lindsey Kellstrom.

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The Grace Church School Choirs

The Grace Church School Choirs are for trebles ages 7 – 18. In this choir program the choristers learn musical skills, have fun with friends, and contribute their time, talents and leadership to our 9 a.m. worship service every Sunday. The singers develop significantly as vocalists and learn to sight-read through appropriately challenging rehearsals, they meet one-on-one with Dr. Anne to progress through different musical skill levels certified by The Royal School of Choral Music.

They often perform at community events and in honor choirs. Many attend RSCM choir camp in the summer. They have performed at the Washington National Cathedral and for the National Choral Council in NYC, and released several CDs. A bi-annual Halloween Concert has a huge following.

School Choir I
School Choir I: Children in grades 3 – 5 (2nd grade with permission) rehearse Fridays at 3:30 – 4:45, starting with a snack in the kitchen and ending with a half hour of combined rehearsal with the older singers in School Choir II. In addition to learning service music, anthems, and musical skills, School Choir I plays musical games and ring handbells.
School Choir II
School Choir II: Trebles in grades 6-12 learn more advanced music, sing in two and three part harmony, and learn descants, solos, and more complicated bell parts. Regular rehearsal time is Friday afternoon from 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm.  They have an alternate/make-up rehearsal time on Thursdays from 6:45 – 8:05 pm overlapping with the adults.
Daughters of Zion: are high school and college/grad school singers who prepare more challenging SSA repertoire both for services and community events (appearing recently with the Princeton Tigressions). They have performed works by Casals, Britten, Bach and much more, as well as pop a cappella. They solo and provide leadership in several Grace Choirs.
The Gargoyles: are a young men’s a cappella ensemble under the artistic direction of Dr. Anne Matlack, and directed by J. Eric Roper. They rehearse Thursday nights from 7:55 – 9:30 pm. The dozen boys range in age from 7th to 12th grades, joined during holidays by college returnees. Their repertoire ranges from spirituals to sacred music, barbershop and popular. As well as singing Sunday worship services with the adult men, and their own anthems, they have given acclaimed performances at community and diocesan events, and collaborated with the Duke’s Men of Yale, Drew University’s 36 Madison Ave., and The Hermitage Ensemble of St. Petersburg, Russia.
2014 -2015 Choirs

2014 -2015 Choirs

Adult Choir

The Adult Choir at Grace Church is both inclusive and excellent. Under the direction of Dr. Anne Matlack, we have no paid section leaders, but we sing at a very high level – a variety of music from traditional Anglican to Global, Hassler to Matthew Harris, Chants to spirituals with opportunities for solos and ensembles as well.

Enrichment and collaborative opportunities abound every year, from joining with a visiting international chorus, singing with a local orchestra, attending RSCM camps, to singing Evensongs and Choir Festivals. The adults rehearse together on Thursday evenings from 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm, and childcare is provided.

On Sunday mornings they split (their choice) between the 9 am (major) and 11:15 (more intimate) services. They come together for Evensongs, Christmas, Holy Week and chanted Compline following Lenten Thursday rehearsals. Concerts have ranged from the Rutter Requiem to Handel’s Messiah.

We are a close yet welcoming community who support one another and also sing funerals and community events. Numerous college and post-college “alums” often return to sing the late service on Christmas Eve.

Summer Choir is ad hoc and all are welcome at 9:30 am to rehearse for the 10 am service in July and August. In August 2015, the Grace Church choir was in residence at Winchester Cathedral.