Like all groups, we have, regrettably, suspended all rehearsals and events until further notice. It is likely to be awhile as the chorus environment is one of the worst place to be during this time.
If you are interested in visiting, joining or booking us when we do reunite, please email us at email@example.com, and we will let you know when we plan to return. Please take care if you decide to sing with a group.
Some good resources
– Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS)
– Singing, the Church and COVID-19
– Chorus America
– Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Above all, be safe!
From the Barbershop Harmony Society:
- On the hierarchy of “safe” activities to return to, group singing is considered among the least safe, with the exception of a quartet singing outdoors with the wind NOT at their backs (sorry, Irish Blessing!). A return to traditional group singing is considered HIGH RISK. Singing in an enclosed space with recirculated air is one of the most dangerous things people could do right now. There are some technologies which may help (air filtration systems, UV lights attached to ceilings), but all would be costly to implement, especially in older spaces–like a church basement.
- For a variety of biological reasons, singers are considered “super spreaders.” Our deep breathing and loud sound produced during a rehearsal projects disease particles into the air at a significantly higher rate than talking. This is why we keep hearing horror stories of entire choirs falling ill from one rehearsal. According to available data “many severe infections originated in churches, practice rooms, and rehearsal halls.” Even if 6 feet of physical distance is observed, singing mitigates that by filling a room with virus particles quickly.