NEW VENUE: December 10, 2021 at 7 PM — Holiday Concert at MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL

Good morning everyone,   

An update to our previous update:     

The Holiday Concert will now take place at the Caron Theatre at Medford High School*, on Friday, December 10 at 7 PM, so please mark your calendars now!  I so hope that all of you will still be able to participate with us on that date.   

* 489 Winthrop St, Medford, MA 02155

First rehearsal on September 8, 2021 and COVID protocols

Dear friends,   

I am getting very excited as our first “post pandemic” in person rehearsal is fast approaching…two weeks from this Wednesday, September 8 (youth/young adults at 6 PM and full chorus at seven!)   

I just want to give you all a couple of updates:   

1 — COVID protocols – I have been advised by the Medford Community Schools office that all persons will be required to wear masks in Medford Public School  buildings this fall, regardless of vaccination status, and I will be required to configure the seating in the music room to allow for 3 feet of social distancing.  Special singers’ masks are available from jwpepper.com for$19.99:https://www.jwpepper.com/Protec-Singer%27s-Mask/11341055.item#.YSOdaiX3YlQ 

However … The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) guidance states that simply “…wearing a well fit 3-layer surgical style mask reduces aerosol emission”, so the choice is yours as to which mask you would feel more comfortable wearing.   

As/if COVID protocols change based on updated data and guidance, I will let you all know right away.   

2 — Music/binders – if you participated with us “pre-pandemic” in 2020, I would be most appreciative if you would please bring your binder and “old” music with you on the 8th.  I will have a large bin at the front of the music room for you to drop off your “old” music and I will have a new packet for you to put in your binder for this season!   

New members – I will have a binder with copies of the music for this season for you when you arrive for rehearsal on the 8th!   

Thanks so much for you understanding and your cooperation.  Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.   Enjoy the “last hurrah” of summer, and I look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks!   

~Betsy          

More info about the new season, including a “Member Information Form”

Dear friends, 

I hope that by now you have all read the great news that we – the Medford Community Chorale and Youth/Young Adult Chorus – have received approval to return to in person rehearsals  on September 8th!  I can’t wait to begin preparing for a LIVE Christmas/holiday concert on December 12th! 

Over the course of the summer, I will be sending out practice materials for our concert pieces, so you can begin to familiarize yourselves with the music, giving us a “leg up” in September! 

Also, in order to help me prepare for September and update my files, I have included a link (below) to a member information form.  If any of your contact information has changed since November 2019 – or if you have never filled one out! – I would be most appreciative if you could please complete and return this form to me at your earliest convenience. 

Member Information Form – Medford Community Chorale.docx

Although we will miss our “long distance” friends, I am so looking forward to our coming back together again! 

In the meantime, enjoy the summer, and try to keep cool! 

Thanks so much, 

Betsy 

Our Latest “Virtual Concert”

Happy “eve” of St Patrick’s Day, everyone!  I hope you and your families are well.

I am delighted to let you all know that – a little ahead of schedule! – the final version of our THiRD Medford Community Chorale “virtual choir video,” “The Sound of Music,” and our SECOND youth / young adult chorus video, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” are ready!  (Please see links below). 

I am thrilled that the adult chorale welcomed 15 new video  participants this time – including members who participated from California, Illinois, Washington D.C., and 3 friends from Abruzzo, Italy! The youth / young adult chorus welcomed 5 new participants!  I so hope that those of you who participated enjoyed your experience, and that those of you who were not able to be with us this time will consider joining us for the next video?! 

Once again, this project has been a lot of work, but it also continues to be a wonderful and fun learning experience for all of us, and I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Julie, Holly, our youth chorus parents, and to all of you for all of your effort and your hard work.

I hope you enjoy the videos.  Please feel free to share them with any of your family and friends whom you think might like to see them.  And let’s all enjoy a little “break,”  until we begin work on our next video a little later in the spring!

~ Betsy

Here are the YouTube links for the videos:

“The Sound of Music”

“I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”

Medford Community Chorale (MCC) Presents TWO New Virtual Concerts

Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everyone!  I hope you all had a nice – if unusual! – holiday.   

I am delighted to let you all know that – right on schedule! – the final version of  our second Medford Community Chorale “virtual choir video,” “Lift Every Voice and Sing!” … and our FIRST youth/young adult chorus video, “Do-Re-Mi” are ready! (See links below.)  As you will see in the opening frames, we have dedicated the adults’ video in loving memory of our friend and chorale member, Jan Miegel, who passed away, sadly, on  November 19th.  

“Lift Every Voice And Sing” with the Medford Community Chorale (MCC)

I am thrilled that we welcomed 11 new video  participants this time – including one friend who participated from Abruzzo, Italy!  I so hope that those of you who participated enjoyed your experience, and that those of you who were not able to be with us this time will consider joining us for the next one?!    

Once again, this project has been a lot of work, but it also continues to be a wonderful and fun learning experience for all of us, and I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Julie, Holly, Mike (our drummer), our youth chorus parents, and to all of you!   Enjoy the rest of your weekend!   

~Betsy   

https://youtu.be/DAvIgabVRec (Do Re Mi)  

https://youtu.be/3zkZsGBCrN4 (Lift Every Voice and Sing!)