The Just in Time Choirs format has been adapted for Fall 2020 to meet current government guidelines and to sing together as safely as possible. For now, we are going forward with a hybrid model and will be focusing on rehearsing harmonies for the songs on the setlist. Singers have the choice to sing In-Person/Online OR Online only.
We will have a maximum of 36 in-person Unplugged spots and those singers will be divided into 2 consistent Cohorts of up to 18 singers. We will sing masked and spaced apart at a minimum of 2m and follow Safety Protocols as described below. Each Cohort will meet in-person at the Little Red Church every 2nd week, alternating with each other. The Cohort that is not meeting in-person that week is expected to participate in the Online version of the rehearsal for that week so that we can continue to progress forward. Each Cohort will consist of Soprano, Alto and Baritone (Basses and Tenors combined) singers and be grouped for the best balance possible. (Singers have the option to identify a cohort buddy below if there’s someone they’d like to be in the same group as them – we will do our best to accommodate.) If at anytime an In-Person/Online singer needs to move to Online only, no problem.
Unplugged Online Only:
There is no limit to how many singers we can accommodate as Online Only participants. Everyone is welcome (returning or new) and there are no auditions. Online rehearsals will be live streamed via Zoom at the actual rehearsal time AND recorded to be viewed at a later time in the week if necessary. Singers are asked to remain “on top of” rehearsals from week to week to ensure steady progress. Singers participating from home can pose questions in the Zoom Chat in real time. However, due to Zoom’s audio latency limitations, singers participating Online will need to have their computer/device microphones muted.
Jems and VM
Jems and VM auditioned choirs are not accepting new singers at this time. Both the Jems and VM rehearsals will be formatted the same. Each group will have about 10-12 singers. Singers can participate In-Person or Online. Those that are comfortable meeting In-Person masked and spaced will meet every week at the Little Red Church. The rehearsals will be live-streamed and recorded for those that choose to participate Online only. Jems, please note that the rehearsal day has changed to Thursdays.
A message from Wendy – scroll down for registration.
I’ve missed you! We have been working hard behind the scenes, making plans to sing together as safely as possible. I’m excited about the hybrid model we’ve designed to operate during the current conditions. We are lucky that we live in an area of the world where this is possible.
I want to emphasize that we all understand that each person needs to make a decision about their participation that works for them. There is absolutely no pressure or judgment coming from myself or the organization about how you choose to engage with JiT at this time. We cannot know all the circumstances that go into each individual’s decision. Please participate at your comfort level and know that we support you, whatever you decide.
At this time, I’m feeling comfortable about the masked and spaced in-person rehearsal plan for myself. We have some fun ideas about how to create collaborative recordings to celebrate our learning and music-making for both the in-person and online participants.
While I was initially reticent to sing in a mask, my opinion has changed with experience. The evidence is clear that wearing a mask while singing makes it much safer. I am singing masked with Brian Tate’s choir in Victoria and I find that within the first couple of minutes, once I’m in the flow of the process, the mask becomes irrelevant to me. If you are reticent like I was, I encourage you to “practice” wearing a mask. You could try it with those “30 Days of Vocal Warm-Ups with Wendy” videos on Youtube or even while watching TV for 5-10min intervals. You might find that, like me, once you get used to it, it’s not so bad :-). The joy of hearing other voices around you makes it worth it.
If circumstances change for the worse during the term, we will pivot to an exclusively online delivery model. It may not feel the same, but I will work hard to keep it fun and engaging while providing meaningful instruction on how to keep developing your singing skills. I have been taking online singing courses myself this summer and have been enjoying them immensely.
I’m keen to dive into the Totally Awesome 80’s set with you! Let’s have some fun !
Yours in Music,
The vibrant theme for Fall 2020 is “The Totally Awesome ’80s” with the set list available here or from the link under Joining the Choir.
Please make sure that you have read and understand the attached COVID-19 Safety Protocols for In-Person rehearsals.
Click this link to read, opens in new page.
You can also view the pre-rehearsal questionnaire that you will be required to complete prior to in person rehearsals.
Pre-Rehearsal Health Questionnaire
It is important that you complete the entire registration form and click the Submit button at the bottom of the page to ensure you are registered. You will see a successful submission message and a confirmation email once successfully registered.
Please pay your fees either on registration or prior to first rehearsal, either via eTransfer or Credit Card by going to the Payment Page where you will find all relevant information and a link to make your payment via card. There is a link to the payment page at the bottom of the registration page as well.
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