Welcome back! This has been a trying 17+ months as singers and musicians. I hope you found some way to stay connected to music during our time apart, whether it was through our virtual concerts last year or some other outlet.
Just as we find ourselves coming back together, the world seems to be falling apart again. Thank you so much for allowing us to implement our vaccination rule for this season in order to keep each other as safe as possible. We have said that masks are strongly encouraged but not required, but it looks as if our "strongly encouraged" is needing to turn to "strongly encouraged" based on current CDC and industry guidance. There are masks designed for singers. Consider bringing a mask with you to wear at least part of the time. Try to stay distanced from your neighbor during rehearsal.
Plans have been fluctuating a lot during all of this, and we have had to learn to be flexible. The Music at Twilight fundraiser has been pushed to the spring this season. That left us with no plans for the fall. This past Monday, at our first rehearsal, I offered you several suggestions. You chose to learn and record four songs about the joy of singing, how music brings us together, and keeping your imagination alive to release online for our friends and families. We will record one song each week as we gradually transition into our holiday repertoire.
If you know anyone who has missed singing as much as you have, please invite them to join us. We could especially use more tenors and basses. (*fingers crossed!*)
- Ryan Lakanen, Artistic Director