This season, Vocal Alchemy is 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've been doing so far:
On a biweekly basis, we have met with a small group of singers, who rehearse with our conductor and accompanist in person. This rehearsal is broadcast live via Zoom for the rest of the choir to sing along from home on "mute". With a careful setup of studio microphones and broadcasting in stereo sound, these rehearsals provide the experience of singing together and hearing all parts for the singers at home.
Alternating with our hybrid rehearsals, the VA staff have offered sectional rehearsals over Zoom, focused on learning and refining music. These rehearsals offer a simpler, more relaxed way of working with each section of the choir independently.
Focus on musicianship and skill building
This season has provided the opportunity to really focus on strengthening our musicianship. We have worked on ear-training and sight-singing, with tiered options depending on the skill level and comfort of each member. Vocal Alchemy members also have access to an online platform where they can practice their skills on their own time.
Throughout the season, Vocal Alchemy 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. Our first phase (Fall 2020) has included a focus on familiar repertoire as we continue to refine our rehearsal processes. Our second phase (Winter 2020) will be announced soon.
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.