Information Regarding COVID-19

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March 13 Update


Dear Singers and Families,


At this time of uncertainty, Boston Children’s Chorus renews its commitment to our community: We will respond creatively to the challenges presented by COVID-19 to safely provide our singers and families with innovative programs which uphold our values of artistry, diversity, inclusion, empathy, and inquiry.

While we have a plan for progress in the next week that includes continuing our work together (see below for your role!) we are mindful of the precedent set by many area school systems, government agencies, educational and cultural institutions. As such, BCC has made the decision to pause its in-person programming through March 21st as we play our part in contributing to the wider community effort to contain and mitigate the virus. During this time:

  • No on-site rehearsals or performances will take place
  • BCC Offices will also be closed, and staff are working from home 9am – 5pm, Monday-Friday.

Throughout this next week, we will keep channels of communication open with a range of experts and organizational partners, who will continue to advise us as the situation develops. We will monitor and accept guidance from local public health authorities, and will make and communicate a decision regarding the week commencing March 23rd by 12:00pm on Friday March 20th.

Please email info@bostonchildrenschorus.org if you have any questions or concerns.

In the meantime, we have work to do! Please see below for our revised plan for advancing BCC and student progress during this temporary hiatus.

Self Directed Programming:
BCC is committed to continued engagement with our singers and is exploring ways we can continue instruction online. We expect students to set aside time next week to advance their learning through self-directed rehearsal, along the lines of the below. Look out for an email on Monday, March 16th with specific details on how you and your singers can stay active musically, even if we aren’t in the same classroom!
 

Training Choirs:

  • Learning tracks to “Count on Me” and “Crowded Table”.
  • Opportunities for online engagement in the creation of a virtual choir recording.
  • 10-minute instructional sessions on music reading and short song learning.

Intermediate Choirs:

  • Learning tracks to “Landslide” and “Crowded Table”.
  • Opportunities for online engagement in the creation of a virtual choir recording.
  • 10-minute instructional sessions on music reading and short song learning.

Advanced Choirs:

  • Opportunities for online engagement in the creation of a virtual choir recording.
  • Youth Advisory Council to meet digitally with Ms. Idicheria.
  • 15-minute online voice lessons by appointment. Stay tuned for a sign-up sheet.

Confirmations of Concert Cancellations:
Yesterday we wrote to confirm that the following performances will not be taking place in March/April:

  • Professional Development Day – March 21st
  • Three Trebles Festival – April 5th

Additionally to this, the following two concerts will not take place due to both venues canceling upcoming events:

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – April 4th. Refunds for ticket buyers are available through the ISGM.
  • Rockport – April 25th. Refunds for ticket buyers are available through the Shalin Liu Performance Center.

Where possible, we are working with our partner venues to identify new dates for BCC’s performances. Where this is not possible, we will work to ensure that work is not wasted, and that there will be opportunities to perform all the songs we have been working on. We are proud of the strength of our community, and together we strive to achieve our mission.


If you have any follow up questions, please contact info@bostonchildrenschorus.org.


Best wishes,


The BCC Team

 

March 11 Update



Dear BCC Community,

 

Boston Children’s Chorus will not meet for rehearsal this evening, March 12 or Saturday, March 14. A decision regarding rehearsals for the week of March 16-21 will be made and announced by Saturday, March 14.

We are using this time to seek counsel from health professionals and government agencies to decide the best plan of action to ensure the continued safety and wellbeing of the singers and families we serve.

Importantly, we are adhering to state recommendations to suspend large gatherings until further guidance is provided by state health agencies.

As such:

  • We are postponing Weathering Time: 12th Annual Weekend of Professional Development and Song to a later date, TBD. We recognize this is an important concert for our Training and Intermediate Choirs, and we are actively making plans to showcase the hard work of our singers on an alternate date. Refunds for purchased tickets will be processed through Eventbrite. If you wish to donate the amount of your ticket, please visit our website.
  • Boston Children’s Chorus, the Princeton Girl Choir, and Children’s Chorus of Washington have historically co-produced a festival of treble voices. We have been in close contact with our colleagues in both organizations, and have come to the collective decision to cancel this year’s Three Trebles Festival. We look forward to hosting the festival in Boston during our 2020-21 season.

Thank you for reaching out with questions and concerns. We understand that there is a high level of uncertainty at this time. We remain committed to calm yet decisive action.

Sincerely,

The BCC Team