Fall, 2020 plans under COVID
Music plans from Fiona
As you have heard from your Executive, we are a bit further along with our planning for the fall. We have explored numerous scenarios and, as you can imagine, even the one that we are proposing may change by the time we gather in September. In that regards, we thank you for your continuing patience.
Some of you have indicated that you may want to try the ‘virtual choir’ scenario via zoom. While there are certain musical ideas and concepts that can be developed via zoom, it cannot replace ‘choir’. Therefore, we propose weekly face-to-face rehearsals at a large venue – St. Andrew’s United Church. Sanctuary. Here are some details that we have considered:
o Score study
o Clapping rhythms
o Speaking or whispering the text
o Humming our parts
o Singing through a straw into our water bottle (a great technique which is good for the vocalis muscles as well!)
NB: We are following the guidelines and procedures set out in documents from the BC CDC and the BC Music Educators' Association, as of August 16th, 2020
First rehearsal at St. Andrew's
With regards the actual ‘music-making’:
o audio recordings with added visuals (still shots of the choir rehearsing and other material)
o live streaming some of the pieces or video recording a concert
o added poetry/readings
o outside performance(s)
See what you think of the following, almost all of which is already in our library!
o Es is ein Rose entsprungen – Praetorius segue into ...
o Lo How a Rose/The Rose – w/pno
§ Women: Tomorrow Shall Be my Dancing Day – Rutter – w/pno
§ Men: Boars Head Carol – arr: Weigel or TTB /w/pno
o Carol of the Bells – Leontovich
There are other interesting pieces to consider, depending on numbers and balance between sections. There are more challenging pieces that would take much more time to prepare (perhaps in the spring, if we are allowed more singers). I would choose one of these only and add other shorter pieces to round out a nice programme. Of course, there is also the Gala 50+ concert to keep in mind!
page updated 2020-08-24