A Message from the Board
We hope you are well and staying busy. Like you, we (board members) really miss singing together and cannot believe that our spring concerts would already have taken place. These past few months have been difficult as we have been trying to learn as much as we can about Covid-19 and its impact on our singing together for the new Chorale season. As always there is good news and not so good news.
Let’s get the not so good news out of the way first. In addition to following news reports with updates on the virus, we are also listening to webinars by national choral organizations. Early in May, there was a webinar that included scientists and medical experts who shared information about the spread of the virus through singing. It will come as no surprise to you that at this time there really is no safe way for choirs to rehearse together until there is a vaccine or a treatment that is 95% effective. Experts are sharing that a vaccine and/or effective treatments may not be available to the public for quite a while. That said, we know that attending public performances of any kind puts our audience at risk. It is hard to think about these facts without becoming sad, but your safety and the safety of our audiences are important concerns for us. For those reasons board members will continue to listen to upcoming news reports and webinars (The next one is in June.) and keep you informed of what we learn.
Now for the more encouraging news. We know that at some point, we will be able to sing together again, but until that time comes, we can do some fun things together in large and small groups via Zoom. For example, we can hold monthly meetings that have a theme, celebrate birthdays, watch special music videos. You are a creative and caring group of people who have many ideas that would be fun to do together. Please share your ideas with everyone. The more ideas you share with us, the more get-togethers we can have until we return to rehearsals. Please email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In “these uncertain times,” we can still be certain of this: the music we love, the gifts we share, and the family with whom we share it are still vital and relevant and present. If distance is the only thing that separates us, we’re blessed. We will still be a singing family. We share our voices, our struggles, our time and our talents to bring joy to audiences who love and appreciate the same beautiful art form that we offer. Through this time, individually and corporately, we will learn, we will sing, we will work, and we will grow. For now, our path may not be clear, but our purpose and our destination is sharply in focus: We WILL do this again, and we will do it better than ever!
Thank you for your help.