I spoke with Rocco DiRico, Director of Community Relations at Tufts University, and he told me that, unfortunately, because of COVID, they are not able to schedule any community events on campus this semester (he has, however, given us a “rain check” for the spring!) As you know, we had tentatively scheduled our holiday concert for Sunday, December 12 at 2 PM. So I reached out to Bobby Maloney in the Medford Community Schools office, and we were able to secure the auditorium at the McGlynn Middle School (where we rehearse), for 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.
Keep cool today! I’m looking forward to seeing you all in a couple of weeks!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!