Please contact Dr. Dennis Northway at this link.
Now celebrating its twenty-second season under Artistic Director Dr. Dennis Northway, the Schola Choir and Scholars Program is open to children in grades 2-8. It is a competency-based, Kodaly-oriented choir whose members are taught sight-reading, sight-singing, and solfege.
The current Adult Choir Schedule may be found at this link.
Since 1879, Grace has prized its adult choir, which was originally a choir of men and boys, and is presently a mixed ensemble of men and women who love to contribute to the song of this congregation. The choral program reflects the parish's membership; multi-cultural, with a wide stylistic variety of repertoire. The core is, of course, Anglican of the English Cathedral and collegiate traditions. However, on any given Sunday, you will also hear jazz, a Bach Cantata, spirituals, music from the Sacred Harp tradition, music from the Taize community, or authentic Gospel strains. We are always seeking people who want to be part of a great tradition and an exciting future!
The "Rhythm" of The Choir
The adult choir generally sings two anthems, one at the Offertory, and the other during Communion, during the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist on the three Sundays of the month when the Children's Choirs are not singing. We rehearse on Thursday nights beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. We also undertake larger choral works in support of special liturgies, such as occasional Festival Evensongs and during Holy Week and Eastertide. Our basic repertoire, as mentioned already, is designed for a broad range of musical experience and skill. None of our singers is a paid professional, so there is no need to be intimidated if what you feel called to do is just raise your voice in praise of God. In fact, we understand our music not as performance, but as a ministry that supports and encourages the congregation in its liturgical worship. If you would like to know more, leave a message for Dennis Northway, parish musician, at (708) 386-8036, or just come to a rehearsal and check us out.
A Distinguished History
As soon as the parish was founded, it is clear that music was to be a high priority for Grace Church. Already in the 1890's there were significant numbers of men in the Grace Choir, as historic pictures suggest. This special place is evidenced, in that, there are by far more early pictures of the choirs of Grace church than any other component of its early history. The selection of Organist/ Choirmasters in the early history of Grace Church show, by their credentials, that music was a priority. Grace engaged organists who hailed from major Eastern Churches and even England! Many of Grace's early Organist/ Choirmasters were trained by the finest organists of the day. Letters survive from organ "superstars" like Joseph Bonnet, T. Tertius Noble and Marcel Dupré to the organists of this parish. Grace Church is also the first "church job" of the young Leo Sowerby.
Choir events are at this link.
A choir for teens (grades 9-12). The choir rehearses unaccompanied, standing in a circle in the Grace Church sanctuary, a tuning fork the only musical aid, reinforcing the excellent sight-reading skills necessary to function at this level of musicianship. The Choir’s core repertoire consists of unaccompanied motets and madrigals from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. The full scope of the repertoire engages the singers with lyrics in Latin, Italian, Hebrew, English, French, German, and Spanish.