It's 2020, and Covid restrictions had cancelled our ability to meet at our normal weekly in-person rehearsals.
And we are so sad. Missing each other. Looking for the motivation to keep up with our music...and the excitement.
But, we've found a way to still meet!Beginning in August, our chorus has been meeting approximately once a month in (pre-approved) parking lots, with individual mics and FM headsets..we sing safely,..alone but together...and still share the sound with everyone around.
And it goes like this:
Members drive in to the designated parking lot and park facing the director and mixer board. Members (one per vehicle) have their own mic on a stand, and can choose to keep it on the stand, or bring it totally in to the vehicle. Our sound-guru, Randy Johnston, keys each mic channel to his mixer, IDs the member and their part (lead, bass, bari or tenor) and sets volume for the individual singer per their mic and voice. With their individual FM headsets,dialed in to the local nighly frequency, they can hear all singers, as if they shared the same room. Technology brings us together...all hail technology!
Our director, Kati Swinney, directs a full rehearsal, including warmups, short section work full songs, and even some tag teaching.
We've included speakers to quietly show off to the neighbors or visitors. We're in flux-time, due to the moving sunset times. So please contact us at email@example.com for more information, or watch our Facebook page..
We are also starting to take our barbershop on the road to local health care centers! We'll write more about that here as it happens.