How can I keep from singing? Unbelievably, it's been almost a year of living through the pandemic and all its challenges. Spectrum Youth Singers are still singing online. We are getting the hang of online learning and have accomplished MUCH. Zoom CAN work for us and rather than limit us, our online format has brought exciting new learning opportunities! We have written a brand new song with composer Jim Papoulis from New York called "It's Time We Learn." The world premier will be coming...soon! We have connected with musicians and artists from places near and far: Singapore, Britain, Scotland, New York, Naperville, Plainfield. And we have exciting connections in the works! During the holidays, we did our first online community service project. We have continued to work on the skills we would do at "normal" rehearsals: sight-reading, vocal technique, musicianship, listening, mindfulness. In addition to our group rehearsals, singers have received individual coaching with both our conductor and fabulous accompanist, and have become experts at recording themselves. Most importantly, we have time to chat and have fun; our boys stick around after every rehearsal and play games together. While the pandemic may have forced distance between us, it has not silenced us. We have continued to sing, make music, and build community in new and creative ways. "Through all the tumult and the strife," the song says, "how can I keep from singing?" Somehow, in a world none of us could have imagined a year ago, we've kept the song alive!
Spectrum Youth Singers is an exciting group of young vocalists, ranging from 3rd to 12th grade in Plainfield, Illinois. The program offers excellent vocal instruction by creating a supportive and enriching choral community for all. Spectrum Youth Singers is the youth division of the Plainfield Area Community Chorus, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.