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2020-21 Update

August 25, 2020

Beginning in September, we'll be meeting weekly virtually for a variety of activities. We know things WILL change as the year progresses, and we learn more - but we look towards this season with optimism and enthusiasm.

Here's what we have planned:

Hybrid rehearsals 

As a way to continue singing and learning music we will work in hybrid full-choir rehearsals. We are sorting out the details, but these rehearsals will provide the experience of singing together and hearing all parts, although most of us will be connected via Zoom where we are singing along on "mute".

Sectional rehearsals 

Sectional rehearsals focusing on learning and refining music led by VA staff, will take place over Zoom.

Focus on musicianship and skill building

This season will provide the opportunity to really focus on strengthening our musicianship. We'll work on ear-training and sight-singing, with tiered options depending on your skill level and comfort. You'll also have access to an online platform where you can practice your skills on your own time.

 

Enrichment sessions 

Throughout the season will offer educational sessions both from VA staff and guest presenters.

A phased season

We are planning a season with 3-4 phases, and anticipate increasing full-choir singing and in-person activity as the year progresses.

PHASE 1 - September & October 

  • Using an alternating-week format with full choir and sectional rehearsals (all virtual), mixed with skill-building sessions, and 1-2 enrichment sessions over a 6-8 week period.

  • Deep work on NEW repertoire will be limited as we work out our virtual rehearsal methods and get into the swing of things.

  • Phase 2 (November onward) will be announced in early October, including new repertoire.

Our love for singing brings us together, but Vocal Alchemy is not just a choir - we are a community.

 

2020-21 will be a season of reimagining how we  meet, grow, learn, and sing together.