We hope that you and your loved ones are safe during this health crisis.
Since March, the changes and disruptions to our normal lives have been difficult. There is much uncertainty with the new way of living. We are grateful to be part of a world where everyone is doing what they can to keep people healthy.
We miss choir! We miss singing together! Spectrum Youth Singers (SYS) have been committed to helping youth stay connected, and more importantly, helping them feel positive and engaged in our new virtual world. When the quarantine began, SYS dived into online rehearsals and started navigating unchartered territory: choirs were not meant to practice remotely; we thrive on the energy between all of us and it is the group effort that makes our music. Now, even though we are not standing side-by-side, we are together in a virtual room, doing what we enjoy: singing together and staying connected. We have learned much from this experience on many levels!
The last few months have shown that creativity cannot be stopped. A few months ago, “virtual choirs” were rare. Now, artists are finding innovative ways to perform and show their craft. SYS is adapting to technology and establishing a new online program that will provide meaning and value to each child. We know it will not be the same as gathering in person and it will have challenges.
With the creation of an online program, we can continue to provide all the elements we have provided before: training in vocal technique, music literacy and theory. We can develop individual talent through one-on-one vocal coaching. We can also embrace technology to connect directly with composers, artists, collaborate with other choirs, and have a virtual “bring-a-friend day” where you can bring a friend, even from Mexico or Canada! We can socialize and have fun with our choir family.
Should it be safe for us to rehearse in person in the Fall or later in the year, the online programming that is planned will be used to supplement our program.
Spectrum Youth Singers will use the power of music to keep children and youth and our community connected. This is a time for incredible creativity! Together we will grow and be even more grateful for the life-changing experience of music.
Spectrum Singers was to celebrate its 20th anniversary in May. What a milestone! It had been on the calendar for months. Invitations had been sent out to former members to have a reunion. No one expected to be staying at home. Spectrum Youth Singers were invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York in June. Music was being learned. Tours were being planned. No one expected to be staying at home. We wanted to present a wonderful concert to family and friends but there is peace in knowing we are all safe. We will sing again!
Spectrum Youth Singers have been rehearsing online during March and April. It has been wonderful to stay connected and to keep singing. We will resume rehearsals in the Fall and invite new members to join us! If in-person rehearsals are not be possible, we will adjust our curriculum to a virtual format. Online singing has reminded us how important our songs are during times of hardship and crisis: they give us hope, comfort, and happiness.