Camrose Sings
Choral Association

HOW and WHY to still have choir!

How to safely have Choir during COVID 19?

July 28, 2021

As I said in last year’s article: This one is big... but important!

Kids and adults need to be able to connect, communicate, create and express. Music is one of the very best ways to do all those things while disguised as being FUN! I've written the following mostly for my children's choir singers, but we can extrapolate much of it for adult groups as well.

We know a lot more about COVID-19 than we did one year ago, but there are still a few unknowns. As I write, restrictions were lifted completely for the summer, but the Delta variant is spreading (more rapidly by indicators such as R value). While the plan is to go ahead with our season this year, we need to keep our eyes on what is happening in our province and in our community. We’ll also need to balance the requirements of our rental facility, and any layers of government that introduce protocols.

Music-making and music learning are MUCH more fun, rewarding, and effective when we are able to be in the same room: we can hear better, breathe together better, and understand immediately what is working and what might need improvement. We can hear each other modelling how to sing the right thing, and sometimes even the wrong thing! We can match the colour of our voice to other singers, not just the pitch. If someone beside us is singing loudly or softly, we can match how loudly or softly, instead of having to guess. AND - this is important!! - we can interact with our singing friends and maybe even make jokes, spend time together working hard but then also spend time playing or talking. This is an essential part of building the team/instrument that is a choir.

BUT - maybe we won't be able to be together in the same room EVERY week like we usually have in the past,

Meeting online will never be a replacement for meeting in person, and as long as we acknowledge that right of the bat, we can make a point of looking for the positives:

AS OF TODAY, July 28, 2021:

It sounds as if the best practice for choirs includes being able to meet every week, in person, with masks at this point (since most singers will be under 12 and therefore not vaccinated). Knowing things may change once weather and schedules bring us all indoors, some online work may be used in lieu of in-person. Notice will always be given.

We will continue to take precautions such as

PLEASE KNOW THAT WHENEVER IT IS SAFE TO MEET IN PERSON, THAT WILL BE OUR PREFERRED OPTION! BUT THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF ALL OUR SINGERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IS THE TOP PRIORITY.