Youth choir includes singers in grades 7-12 was formed in September 2008. The choir meets after the 11:00 a.m. worship service on Sundays, beginning at approximately 12:15 p.m. Lunch is followed by a 45-minute rehearsal, ending at 1:30 p.m. The group sings in worship services approximately twice a month during the school year. Youth Choir is directed by Lori Bormet, who is also the choral director at Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park. Click here for the 2009-10 Youth Choir Schedule.
Joyful Voices includes singers in grades 1-4. The choir rehearses on Wednesdays during the school year, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and sings in worship services on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings approximately once a month. Gwen Gotsch directs Joyful Voices. The Joyful Voices blog has a schedule and more information.
Each two-grade unit at Grace Lutheran School forms a choir that participates in congregational worship services several times during the school year. School choirs also sing for school chapel services and other musical events. The grade 1-2 choir is part of general music classes taught by first-grade teacher Paulette Reddel. The grade 3-4 choir is directed by Janel Dennen. The grade 5-6 is directed by Cantor Michael Costello, and the 7-8 choirs is directed by Gwen Gotsch. Students in grades 7-8 may choose to be part of the handbell ensemble, directed by eighth-grade teacher Lisa Wolfanger. All of these groups rehearse during the school day.
Cantor Michael Costello also directs Children of Grace, a group of students in grades 5-8 who rehearse separately from the grade-level choirs and who sing for special worship services throughout the year.
The Children’s Christmas Eve Services, at 4:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on December 24, are one of the highlights of children’s music-making at Grace. For these services, Grace Lutheran School students are joined by children from the Sunday School and confirmation classes at Grace. More than 150 children participate in the choirs for these services.