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Grace Chuch Newton Music and Choir

Grace Church has a long tradition of beautiful music. Many parishioners lend their voices to our choir on Sundays.
Our choir leaders choose from among the greatest traditional classics along with important new music.
This section of the web site will features reflections on some of the music we are blessed to hear.

John Rutter Requiem

posted Oct 14, 2016, 7:25 AM by Amelia Fannin

May 22 - Grace Choir Concert with Boston Camerata

posted May 5, 2016, 11:30 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated May 5, 2016, 12:02 PM ]

Grace Newton Choir "American Vocalist" May 22 2016

Join the Grace Choir and Boston Camerata for

The American Vocalist

Folk hymnody of the young Republic, including spirituals, hymns, and anthems beloved by nineteenth-century Bostonians and village parishioners alike. Our collaboration with the newly-renovated Cathedral Church of St. Paul includes singers from six parish choirs, joining forces in celebration with Camerata's gifted soloists. 

Sunday, May 22 at 3pm
Cathedral Church of St. Paul
138 Tremont St. Boston, MA

Purchase Tickets

Tickets $25/$40/$55, $10 students with ID

Anne Azéma - director, voice 
Michael Barrett, Camila Parias, Deborah Rentz-Moore, 
John Taylor Ward - voices
Chris Belluscio, Brian Kay, Steve Lundahl - brass

Hymns & Kids

posted Apr 21, 2016, 11:41 AM by Amelia Fannin

Learning hymns Formation Station Grace Newton
During Formation Station this past Sunday the children learned a verse of What Wondrous Love, which we sang in 10:30 worship. By slowly introducing aspects of our communal worship, children will have a greater connection to the service and what we do together. I look forward to continuing this Sunday by teaching them some of a hymn we will sing this Sunday, Earth and All Stars

If you have ideas or comments on what you feel will help your children's worship participation, please see Heather so she can incorporate these aspects into her teaching. Be on the lookout also for Hymnal Scavenger Hunt Number #2, and a big congratulations to all the kids who have completed the first one! Great job!

Reminder: Junior Choir meets this Sunday after 10:30 worship.  We are learning Hymn of Promise, by Natalie Sleeth. Check it out here!

Huge Thank You to Our Choirs

posted Mar 31, 2016, 1:50 PM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Apr 3, 2016, 11:17 AM ]

The members of the Junior and Senior Choirs have been preparing for Easter and Holy Week for many weeks now. Thank you all for your hard work and tireless dedication. You truly made a joyful noise to the Lord!  I am so blessed to be able to work with you all.

The Easter edition of the Junior Choir consisted of: Zoe Kling, Laney Riedman, Zoe Isabel, Gregory Walton, and Mariana Chango Gasset. For the last two months, the Junior Choir met every week after the 10:30 worship service to learn about Lenten music, our Easter celebration, and learn their anthem. Many thanks to the older helpers, Elena Loomis and Jane Yannis. Many thanks also to Lila Glanville, Mary Randolph and Caroline Crook for helping the Junior choir in rehearsals. We learned a bit about how to follow music, where to find sections in a piece, and so much more. 

Anyone in first through fifth grade is invited to join the Junior Choir.  Rehearsals begin again in a few weeks!

Easter Is Coming!

posted Mar 15, 2016, 8:58 AM by in apropos   [ updated Mar 24, 2016, 7:18 PM by Amelia Fannin ]

Tomas Luis de Victoria
The choirs at Grace have been busy preparing special musical offerings for Holy Week and Easter. The Senior Choir will be presenting a special Palm Sunday anthem by the early Baroque composer Tomas Luis de Victoria. Victoria was an organist, cantor and Catholic priest active in Spain and Italy during the time of the Counter-Reformation. His music paints a beautiful and haunting picture on Palm Sunday of the Passion story unfolding.

On Good Friday, the Choir will sing his setting of Popule meus, a text weaving together the relationship of God and his people in the Old Testament and the words of Christ on the Cross.  O Easter Sunday, the choir will present a work by a contemporary of Victoria who joyfully expresses the resurrection by employing many similar compositional techniques.

Adding to our celebration, the Junior Choir will present the Easter Offertory Anthem, Celebrate this Glorious Day, by Cristi Cary Miller and Kathlyn Reynolds.

Additionally, there will be an extended prelude on Easter Sunday, beginning at 10:15 a.m. for the 10:30 worship. Come early for special music and a time for individual celebration.

Choir Thank you

posted May 20, 2015, 9:32 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated May 20, 2015, 9:32 AM by in apropos ]

Many thanks to Gregory, Jane, Mariana, Maya and Zoe for their spirited singing in the Junior Choir last Sunday. 

Many thanks also to Andrew, Bill, Carol, Diane, Eileen, Jean, John and Marian in the Senior Choir for representing Grace Church at the interfaith concert in Newton's Festival of the Arts, on Sunday afternoon. I'm very grateful to all.

Joe Fort

All Saints Sunday

posted Nov 14, 2014, 6:28 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Nov 14, 2014, 6:28 AM by in apropos ]

Despite the weather the Choir, Congregation and the Rev. Dr. Regina Walton honor those buried in the Isabel Coleman memorial garden with the reading of the names and beautiful music.

Summer Hymn deadline

posted May 14, 2014, 9:29 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated May 14, 2014, 9:29 AM by in apropos ]

Please, sign up by this Sunday (May 18th) on the sheet in the office if you have any favorite hymns you would like to be considered for us to sing over the summer months.

 All the best,
 Joe Fort

Your Favorite Summer Hymns

posted May 8, 2014, 8:00 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated May 8, 2014, 8:04 AM by in apropos ]

Sign up for your favorite hymns.  A sheet will be in the office.  Please mark the name, number if you know it, and a date preference if you have one.  
As always we follow the lectionary but will try to accommodate all your requests.
Joe Fort

Holy Week Musical Offerings

posted Apr 16, 2014, 6:35 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Apr 16, 2014, 6:35 AM by in apropos ]

  • On Maundy Thursday, the choir sings the Pange Lingua plainchant, and Maurice Duruflé's Tantum Ergo. Diane Droste sings the Agnus Dei from J. S. Bach's Mass in B minor.
  • On Good Friday, the choir performs Dietrich Buxtehude's Membra Jesu nostri (1680), with soloists and accompanying instrumentalists.
  • On Easter Sunday, the Junior Choir gives the US premiere of Anthony Fort's Ring out the Bells, and the Senior Choir sings Horatio Parker's Light's Glittering Morn. Together, we sing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah.
          Joe Fort

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