What to do about rehearsals

in the time of COVID-19?

March 12, 2020

Dear Young Musicians Chorus community,

 

In the interest of flattening the curve, we will be postponing rehearsals. What this means is that there will be no rehearsal tomorrow and for at least the two weeks that follow. Please add three weeks of rehearsals to your calendar: May 23May 30, and June 6 (rehearsal and concert). Also pencil in June 13, in case we need to miss an additional one or more rehearsals. I appreciate that many of you made arrangements for a May 16 concert. Thank you for your flexibility in this unusual time, so that we may both protect our community and hopefully still give our kids the wonderful music experience they deserve.

 

We’ll resume rehearsals April 4 at the earliest. Our Spring Break was scheduled for April 11 to match up with Spring Break in the schools, but many of them are changing their dates to have Spring Break be earlier. Depending on families’ updated schedules and the evolution of this outbreak, we may follow suit or, if need be, delay further. Thank you for your patience as the schedule adjusts to the reality on the ground.

 

In the meantime, I’ll be emailing recordings for the kids to sing with!

 

Stay healthy, everybody.

 

-Betsy

March 10, 2020

We may yet need to cancel this Saturday's rehearsal, and will very likely have to cancel in a week or two as the virus becomes more wide-spread. That said, our current thinking is this:

If your children attend school on Friday -- a much higher-risk activity than chorus -- then let's still have rehearsal on Saturday. 

We’ll take a 3-pronged approach:

  • We’ll be running a ‘hands-free’ rehearsal, where no one need touch anything.

  • We’ll be disinfecting high-contact surfaces anyway.

  • We’ll spread our choristers out, even though that particular precaution is only needed if someone is sneezing or coughing – something that I expect will not happen, as parents are being especially careful right now about keeping sick kids home.

More specifically, here are precautions we'll be taking:

  • Doorknobs, railings, pew tops, and any other high-contact surfaces will be wiped down with 91% isopropyl alcohol.

  • All kids will be asked to wash hands upon arrival. 

  • St. Alban's is disinfecting the bathrooms, Parish Hall (where A Musicum meets), doorknobs, and railings daily.

  • We'll have the doors blocked ajar such that people can enter by opening with their foot or elbow, rather than hands.

  • Our situation is somewhat unique in that we will be the first ones at St. Alban’s on Saturday – about 12 hours after the most-recent use of the space – so our exposure is pretty much just to ourselves. As gatherings go, this is a best-case scenario.

  • Purell or isopropyl alcohol will be available (*gasp!* Like gold, nowadays!) for folks to use if they accidentally touch something or someone.

Lastly, if anyone in your family has flu-like symptoms, please keep your child home. 

The number of infected folk is almost certainly much, much higher than confirmed, but is hopefully still quite low, and not-yet amoung our choristers. That said, as the numbers climb, we will likely have to postpone some of our future rehearsals.

Please mark your calendars to tentatively include rehearsals and/or performance for May 23, May 30, and June 6, as I have reserved those days for us in the rehearsal space if need be.

Thank you everybody. Stay healthy!

-Betsy 

March 26, 2020

Dear Young Musicians Chorus community,

As you've no-doubt heard, school closures in the Bay Area have been extended to May 1. I don't know what this means for the rest of our semester, but will assess as we get closer to that date (or whatever the school reopening date is at that point).

I miss you all! Looking forward to singing together again.

Warmly,

-Betsy

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