by Mae Dillon
GraceNotes concert coordinator
The GraceNotes spring concert will be on Friday, May 19 in the Chapel at 2:30 p.m., and again at 7:30 p.m., led by interim director Ray Roth and accompanied by pianist Elizabeth White. The concerts are free; however, donations are welcomed to help offset the cost of sheet music and other expenses. In addition to enjoying an exceptional variety of music, the audience will have opportunities to join in singing at various points throughout the concert.
The theme for this performance will be “The Joy of Singing” in honor of the group’s late director, Myra Tate, whom many knew and loved. Resident Myra Tate enthusiastically directed GraceNotes from the fall of 2015 through December 2016. She chose an eclectic repertoire, using music from a variety of traditions. Myra passed away on February 5, 2017. The last selection on the program will be a tribute to her.
GraceNotes is a 30-37 voice women’s chorus led by Riderwood residents since 2007 when a group of women residents approached Frank Erk requesting that he lead a women’s chorus. Frank, with his wife Ruth as the pianist, directed the GraceNotes from 2007 through the spring of 2015. Frank prepared the group to perform serious music including songs in several languages, and Frank’s special arrangement of “God Bless America” after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in September of 2001.
Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m., September through June in the Village Square Music Room. Women interested in joining us should contact Ray Roth for an audition at 301-273-2384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.