Update on 2021 Summer Sings
( TL; DR: Better luck next summer 🙁 )
We were hoping not to have to make it two consecutive summers without offering in-person Summer Sings, but we’ve had to make the unfortunate but necessary decision to cancel the in-person Summer Sings we had planned for August at Judson Memorial Church.
This was not an easy decision to make, but in light of increasing of COVID-19 transmission rates in the area (including the delta variant among fully vaccinated individuals), we feel it best to err on the side of caution. We’ve also decided not to offer virtual sings, as attendance at our recent online events suggests that many of our singing friends are “zoomed out” and in need of a break from on-screen activities.
After nearly 18 months of pivoting from planned events to plan-B versions, we’re hugely disappointed not to be able to offer our choral community (and ourselves!) some welcome normalcy in the form of our Summer Sings. But we also want to do our part to keep the community safe, and we’ll remain hopeful that beginning in the fall, our collective musical lives can get back in tune.
We’ve initiated refunds for everyone who registered for any of the Sings, via the original method of payment used.
Thank you, as always, for your support and your understanding! We’re hoping to share the details for our planned 2021-2022 season in the coming weeks.
Summer 2021 – July: Meet the Composers
We’d like to thank everyone who participated in our recent series of “Meet the Composers” virtual presentations—from our wonderful guest composers, Marques L. A. Garrett, Michael Conley, and Jake Runestad, to our “audience” participants whose questions contributed additional color to informative and fun discussions. Hopefully it will not be too long before we can gather together in person to sing some of their wonderful works!
WVC Spring Concert—If I Can Sing
Thank you to everyone who “attended” our Spring Concert!
These words of Sara Teasdale (set by Elaine Hagenberg) provided the title for our concert—our first performance together in over a year! We were thrilled to be able to sing together again, and happy to be able to share it with our friends, family and supporters—even if we’re not able to welcome you in person (yet).
We offer our heartfelt thanks to our Artistic Director, Colin Britt, for conceiving a program that was a testament to the power of the human voice and our resilience in the face of unprecedented isolation, and to our pianist Elena Belli and cellist (and frequent collaborator) David Blasher for bringing their phenomenal artistry to our performance.
Special thanks also go to our audio engineer, Christopher Greenleaf, and our videographer Dylan Bank, with a tip of the hat to our Zoom wizard, Liam McNamara.
We hope to welcome you at our next performance at Judson in the coming months!
Looking back at 2020…
In a year unlike any we’ve experienced in our lifetimes, it has been wonderful to to sing “together” even if only virtually, thanks to the magic of technology—and the hard work and ingenuity of some of our WVC family! Making music in 2020 required us all to learn new ways of being together—apart, and the choral singing that brings us so much joy has been no different. (“Who ever knew that a choral singing hobby would be more dangerous than a skydiving hobby?” one of our members has mused.) We are grateful for your support of our evolving musical endeavors.
We’re pleased to offer this video from our 2020 holiday concert, a performance of Mark A. Miller’s “Dona Nobis Pacem,” as a reminder of the power of music and an expression of hope for peace and safety for all people.
Special thanks to James Bilodeau for audio engineering and to Liam McNamara for video editing. Shared with permission from Mark A. Miller.
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!