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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Choirs for children and teens at Grace Lutheran Church
Joyful Voices Junior for K-2Joyful Voices Junior is a program for beginning singers, kindergarten through second grade. It's an easy way to give choir a try. The group meets for 30 minutes, from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays. Rehearsals include musical games and movement. Junior singers will join the older Joyful Voices singers at a worship service in November.
Joyful Voices for grades 3-6Joyful Voices singers in grades three through six rehearse every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and sing in worship services once a month. They also participate in the Advent/Christmas concert and sing on Easter morning. New singers are welcome throughout the year.
Youth Choir for grades 7-12Youth Choir, for students in grades 7-12, gathers for lunch and a choir rehearsal at 12:15 on Sundays, after the 11:00 a.m. worship service. It's an easy-going group but one that enjoys musical challenges. Singers of all ranges and abilities, male and female, are welcome.
Friday, August 24, 2012
How can you help your child or teen to feel more at home in worship services? To feel that there is a special place for him or her at church?
Maybe that special place is a seat in the choir--one of these choirs at Grace Church in River Forest, illinois.
Joyful Voices Junior for K-2 Joyful Voices Junior is a new program for beginning singers, kindergarten through second grade. It's an easy way to give choir a try. Children attend two 35-minute workshops, where they learn a song while playing musical games. Then they sing for worship on the following Sunday. The first JV Jr. session includes workshops on Wednesdays, Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, 5:15 – 5:50 p.m., followed by singing at the 8:30 a.m. service on Sunday, October 7. Additional sessions are scheduled for Nov. 7, 14 and 18, and December 5, 12 and 16.
Joyful Voices for grades 3-6 Joyful Voices singers in grades three through six rehearse every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and sing in worship services once a month. They also participate in the Advent/Christmas concert and sing on Easter morning. Rehearsals begin on September 5. New singers are welcome throughout the year, but fall is a great time to join.
Youth Choir for grades 7-12 Youth Choir, for students in grades 7-12, begins rehearsals on Sunday, September 9. The group gathers for lunch and a choir rehearsal at 12:15 on Sundays, after the 11:00 a.m. worship service. It's an easy-going group but one that enjoys musical challenges.
For more information about any of these choirs, contact the director, Gwen Gotsch (708-366-6900 ext.122; firstname.lastname@example.org). Find Grace Lutheran Church Youth Choir on Facebook or visit joyfulvoicesgraceriverforest.blogspot.com.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Joyful Voices begins its fifth year at Grace this fall, welcoming singers from grades 1-6. Our first rehearsal is on Wednesday, August 31, at 6:00 p.m. We're expanding the age range of the choir this year to include fifth and sixth graders, so that choristers already in the group can continue to sing with us and so that more children can be a part of the choir. Children from the community as well as Grace families are welcome to sing with us.
A child's singing voice is a precious gift from God. Young children sing spontaneously, sing with joy and with thoughtfulness, for fun and to express their unique thoughts and feelings. Piano lessons, violin lessons, and learning other instruments also shape musical skills, but there's no experience of music that is as immediate and as simple as singing.
Grace's Joyful Voices choir nurtures children's singing and musical abilities hand in hand with nurturing their faith. Our rehearsals are a special time in a child's week, to gather at church with fellow young Christians and sing and talk about the God who loves and cares for us. Singing for worship gives children a unique leadership experience, one in which the gifts of music they bring to the congregation are every bit as welcome as the work of adults. Singing also helps children connect emotionally with their faith, a connection they will cherish into adulthood. And singing church music helps children develop good vocal technique and a solid understanding of musical form and expression.
Joyful Voices rehearses once a week, on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Grace. The group sings for worship approximately once a month. I'm hoping to add one or more field trips or special events to our schedule this year. You can see the schedule on the Joyful Voices blog: joyfulvoicesgraceriverforest.blogspot.com.
If you have questions, please contact me. Or just come to the first rehearsal!
Joyful Voices director
708-366-6900, ext. 122
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
What we're doing in choir
During September we will be learning music to sing in worship on October 3. Learning to sing and preparing music for worship services is only part of what we do in choir. Choir singers practice reading words as well as notes, they listen, follow directions, and learn how to work as a group. We talk about the words we’re singing and how the words and music work together to help us know and understand God.
During November we are going to share two performances with the 304 choir of Grace School. This will give us a chance to experience what it's like to be part of a bigger choir.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Thank you for learning your words, watching the director, and singing out so beautifully yesterday morning at the 8:30 worship service. Thank you for wearing white and black and looking like a choir. Your singing helped others worship and experience how God's love
"adorns us with glory and honor."
See you on Wednesday. There are new songs to learn!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The director of Joyful Voices is Ms. Gwen Gotsch, who also directs the junior high choir at Grace School and teaches music in kindergarten and preschool.
During rehearsals children learn music to sing in Sunday morning worship services at Grace. They also work on musical skills, such as rhythm, note-reading, listening, and vocal technique. Rehearsals include games, movement, serious singing, and discussions about worship, scripture, and the texts we sing.
A schedule for the year is posted at right. If you have questions, email Ms. Gotsch at email@example.com.