Greenwich Library Oral History Project to Celebrate Grace Notes 50+ Years

UN Ambassador George H.W. Bush with Grace Notes president Meriwether Schmid and director Helen Bingaman in 1971, photo courtesy of Donna Moffly

On Thursday, May 16, at 1:00pm members of Grace Notes, a volunteer women’s a cappella group, will greet Greenwich Library patrons with songs from their repertory. Since 1967, the Grace Notes have been entertaining a wide range of audiences: young, old, active, homebound.

Their mission is “to provide and share the highest caliber performance, to lift spirits and brighten hearts with the gift of music.”

The Greenwich Library Oral History Project celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of Grace Notes with the publication of Grace Notes: Fiftieth Anniversary 1967-2017, which combines interviews with Maggie McGirr, Donna Moffly, and Helen Bingaman, a former longtime director.

Following the book presentations, the Grace Notes will entertain library visitors at the Welcome Desk on the first floor, then in front of the Flinn Gallery on the second floor, and finally in the Children’s Room on the third floor.

Helen Bingaman with Snow White (Caroline Bonheim), Cowardly Lion (Retta Dippy), Tin Woodsman (Phyllis Littlefield), Gepetto (Donna Moffly), and Peter Pan (Emily Jones) in 1978, photo courtesy of Donna Moffly

Grace Notes, 2014. Sitting, left to right: Sheila Johnson Wise, Debby Clark, Anne Marcus, Judy Guilmartin Willsey, and Linda Heath. Standing, left to right: Debbie LaCivita, Susan Mack, Robin Edelston, Debbie Hires, Ellen Kiley, Leigh Lewandoski, Ann Lockyer, Katie Stallard, and Maggie McGirr: Photo by Darryl Erskine

Grace Notes, 2014. Sitting, left to right: Sheila Johnson Wise, Debby Clark, Anne Marcus, Judy Guilmartin Willsey, and Linda Heath. Standing, left to right: Debbie LaCivita, Susan Mack, Robin Edelston, Debbie Hires, Ellen Kiley, Leigh Lewandoski, Ann Lockyer, Katie Stallard, and Maggie McGirr: Photo by Darryl Erskine

Grace Notes concert, 2009. Left to right, Debbie Hires, Leigh Lewandoski, Robin Edelston, Debby Clark, and Carla Innerfield

Grace Notes concert, 2009. Left to right, Debbie Hires, Leigh Lewandoski, Robin Edelston, Debby Clark, and Carla Innerfield

Susie Morton and Donna Moffly as the Pushmi-Pullyu in “Dolittle,” photo courtesy of Donna Moffly