Spring 2020: Choir in the time of COVID
(with apologies to Gabriel García Márquez)
Along with everything and everybody else, our WVC family went from 60 mph-to-zero in what seems like about half a second.
From singing together as a group of nearly 80 at our last in-person rehearsal on March 10th for the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil, to a record-scratch stop, we’ve arrived at a new “normal” of Zoom happy hours and muted rehearsals…with no way of knowing what the immediate and more distant future holds for choral singing as an art and lifeline. The news has been pretty pessimistic for public singing in general and choral singing in particular, as the very proximity to one another that allows us to blend so beautifully creates the potential for viral spread on a considerable scale.
But we refuse to turn off the lights and go home. (Even though, let’s face it, we are ALL at home!) In this new paradigm, we are striving to maintain our sense of connection and community with one another, and to find ways to continue to share our music—whether that be through live performances, virtual choir-style arrangements, or some other as-yet unimagined configuration—with the community that has supported us since our founding nearly 50 years ago.
Please stay safe and healthy, and know that despite our new reality of social distancing, none of us are alone. We’ll keep you posted as we make decisions about the coming season, and hope to be able to sing for (and with) our friends and supporters soon!
Summer 2020 will mark a first of its kind Summer Sing Season!
In light of the social-distancing environment in which we all find ourselves, we are rethinking the format of our Summer Sings for 2020—at this time it’s not safe or sensible for us to gather at Judson every week, as we have for so many summers.
However, though we can not be together in person, we hope to be able to provide some choral solace, in this summer when many of us have had our travel plans cancelled, or are working/living remotely.
Stay tuned for a schedule of weekly events to be held on Mondays this summer, featuring some of our Summer Sing conductors and other friends of the Chorale leading sessions on some of our favorite choral pieces and other topics.
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Ordering Online? Support the WVC While You Shop
If you are shopping online at Amazon.com this spring/summer, you can support the WVC at the same time!
Through its AmazonSmile program, the online retailer allows you to chose a charity to support; 0.5% of the value of your eligible purchases will then be donated to the charitable organization of your choice. We’ve been fortunate to have participated in this program for several years now, and the numbers add up!
To get started, instead of going to www.amazon.com, go to https://smile.amazon.com. When you see “Select Charity,” look for the West Village Chorale Inc”! From there, you can shop as you normally would, and know that a portion of your spending will help support the WVC!