Below are the protocols that were in place for last season. Decisions regarding masking, vaccinations and other expectations for our upcoming 2022-2023 season will be made in late August and may be subject to change.
COVID Protocols for the 2021-22 Season
As Vocal Alchemy returns to in-person singing in its 2021-2022 season, we want to mitigate risk as much as possible, protect our singers and you, and give everyone peace of mind while presenting an exciting concert experience.
In addition to participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program, here’s what Vocal Alchemy is doing:
All singers have provided proof of full vaccination and wear masks during rehearsal and performance.
The choir will maintain distance from the audience during the performance, and we will limit the performance to no more than 75 minutes in duration.
Our venue has been chosen based on our ability to manage audience traffic and allow for distancing between parties.
We are limiting sales and assigning seating to make distancing possible while maximizing everyone’s safety and comfort.
Ushers will be available to help in finding seats.
Here’s what we’re asking you to do:
Please stay home if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, in keeping with the COVID-19 Alberta Daily Health Checklist.
Check in with your party when you arrive, and provide proof of full vaccination (two weeks after your second dose) along with photo ID.
Maintain physical distancing from patrons outside of your party while inside the venue.
We invite anyone who is not fully vaccinated, regardless of reason, to take advantage of online options to experience a Vocal Alchemy performance, and await a future opportunity to experience the choir live.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is meant by “fully vaccinated”?
At least two weeks have elapsed since your final dose of an approved vaccine. (At this time, “booster shots” or third doses are considered additional, and the two week waiting period is not necessary for attendance.)
What can I use as proof of vaccination?
You must show a COVID vaccine record with a scannable QR code (example provided). This can be presented on paper or on a mobile device. As of November 15, vaccine records containing a QR code are the only acceptable proof of vaccination for organizations participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program. If you do not have a vaccine record with a QR code, you can download and print yours from Alberta COVID Records.
Will Vocal Alchemy store my health information?
No. Your proof of vaccination will be scanned on arrival using the Government of Alberta COVID Records Verifier mobile app. This app verifies your vaccination status, but does not store or collect any information. You can learn more about this app here.
What if I can’t or am not eligible to get vaccinated? What if I can’t wear a mask or face covering?
Your safety and the safety of all our audience members is our primary concern. At this time we ask that all those not fully vaccinated and/or unable to wear a mask or face covering avoid in-person attendance. We plan to make a recording of this performance available for purchase after the concert. You may also enjoy recordings on our YouTube channel.
What about unvaccinated children?
At this time, we ask that unvaccinated children (including all children under 12) refrain from attending in person.
What if I am unable to attend in person after buying a ticket?
We plan to provide access to a recording of this performance to all ticketholders at no additional charge. Stay tuned for more information.
What if I buy a ticket for a concert Vocal Alchemy has to cancel due to government restrictions or other COVID-related reasons?
We plan to carry out this performance, even if only in a streamed format. If this is not possible, ticketholders will be offered a credit, refund, or opportunity to convert the purchase to a receiptable donation.
Sample Proof of Vaccination
Will the Singers be masked?
Yes. Until further notice, all performers are masked during rehearsals and performance. We expect this may evolve as the season progresses, balancing safety and the comfort of our singers and audience with the desire to give and experience a compelling performance.
Do I need to wear a mask in the audience?
What are the distancing expectations for audience members at concerts?
By limiting ticket sales and assigning all seating, we are able to ensure at least the equivalent of one empty seat between parties.
Do I have to sit at a distance from the person(s) I’m attending with?
No. We will seat members of a party together unless informed otherwise in advance. If a change is needed on performance day, please inform our front-of-house personnel when you check in, and we will accommodate you as best we can.
Could masking or distancing expectations change during the season?
Yes. We will continue to adjust our procedures with attention to COVID-19 case numbers, norms in the performing arts sector, and government regulations. We will continue to update our written protocols as applicable, and continue to inform ticket holders of any changes as the season progresses.
How is venue capacity determined?
As the season begins, we are limiting audience capacity to approximately one-third of the venue’s fire code maximum to allow distancing between audience members.
How will audience seating be assigned in a church with pews?
The pews at St. Andrew’s will be numbered, with seats assigned within each pew. Parties will be seated together, with distance between each party (roughly equivalent to an empty seat in a concert hall). You will receive your assigned seating on arrival at the concert, and ushers will be available to help you find your seat. When purchasing a ticket from a choir member, they will ask for your preference for a front, middle, or rear seat. Seating preferences will be accommodated as much as possible.
How long will the performances be? Will there be an intermission?
Our November performances will be approximately one hour in length with no intermission.
Can I buy tickets at the door?
Not at this time. For our November 20 & 21 performances, tickets are only available in advance through choir members.