The Verde Valley Voices are resuming rehearsals on Tuesday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the balcony of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on 89A. "I am so excited to be back," says Joy Simons, the Music Director of the choir. "It has been a long break and there will be changes, but I am looking forward to singing again."
After much deliberation, the VVV Board decided to move ahead with the Fall schedule. "Masks will be required for everyone's safety." Trish Wood is the president of the Voices. "We have also changed the check-in procedure and we will be starting with smaller groups to allow social distancing. The rehearsal space will be sanitized before and after every practice. There are other changes, too. The important thing is to keep everyone safe while we enjoy the music."
The Voices are doing the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah this year. "I have spent the break rewriting almost everything. The solos will be done by each section of the choir. River Winds will also be joining us on several numbers." Joy assured us that she kept the style of Handel in all her changes. "I don't think he's rolling in his grave! It's just more accessible to the choir and the audience."
Practice will begin with each section meeting for an hour. On August 25, the Basses will meet at 6:30 p.m. and the Altos will meet at 7:30. The following week, September 1, the Tenors will sing at 6:30 and the Sopranos at 7:30. "I'm mixing it up a little, so the complete schedule of rehearsals will be available when you register," says Joy. Since there is so much time between each section's rehearsal, practice CDs will be provided to every choir member. "There is also space for you to sing your part during another section's rehearsal if you want to attend more than your assigned schedule." Joy and the Board are working hard to make this experience a positive one.
Registration is "no touch." If you would like to register early, go to VerdeValleyVoices.org for the form and more information. If you would like to register at rehearsal, that is fine, too. There will be volunteers to guide you through the process.
The Voices is a non-audition community choir open to all who love to sing. Registration fee is $50 and includes your music, binder, and the practice CD. Portions of concert attire are also provided at no additional cost. There is a scholarship fund for those who cannot afford the whole amount. Please contact the Voices through email at VerdeValleyVoices@gmail.com for more information about that.
"I know the choir may be smaller this fall. There are still people afraid to be in groups." Joy was asked about Covid-19. "But there are also people who are ready to start living again, ready to do the things they love. We are taking every precaution we can, more than what is listed here, but if you feel unsafe I encourage you to wait until you are ready. For everyone else, come and sing!"
If you have not sung with us before or your information has changed, please download the registration form here. Print it, fill it out and bring with you to rehearsal, or scan and email to VerdeValleyVoices@gmail.com. If you have sung with us before, and your information has not changed, just email Verde ValleyVoices@gmail.com to let us know you are joining us this fall. We will have your form ready when you come to rehearsal.
Verde Valley Voices began singing for the Fall Session on Tuesday, August 25. We welcome anyone who would like to sing. To accommodate the governor's mandates and our health, please note the accommodations below. 1. Masks are required to be worn. 2. Registration will be computerized. If you wish to preregister, please email your intent to VerdeValleyVoices@gmail.com. 3. Everyone will be required to sign a waiver releasing the Catholic Church and the Verde Valley Voices for liability concerning Covid 19. 4. Everyone will have their temperature taken when they enter. If you are not feeling well, please stay home. 5. We will begin with sectionals only. The schedule for the first month is below. However, the sanctuary will be open and you may come and sing along on your own to practice. 6. The registration fee of $50 includes a practice CD to help you learn the music since we will have fewer rehearsals before the concert in December. 7. You may register at your first sectional rehearsal. You will not be required to attend if your section is not rehearsing. 8. The concert will be in December. 9. Each chair used for rehearsal will be sanitized before the next section sings. (This does not include the pews in the sanctuary.) 10. We ask that you stay flexible as we adjust to a new schedule and deal with issues as they come up. 11. If you are not singing with us this session, please consider making a donation of the fee you would have paid. We truly need and appreciate your support. Keep in mind that we are operating without the funds that would have been raised from the Spring Concert. Here is the schedule for the first few rehearsals/registrations: September 22 6:30 - Altos 7:15 - Basses and Tenors 8:00 - Sopranos September 29 6:30 - Sopranos 7:15 - Basses and Tenors 8:00 - Altos
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Mission Statement The Verde Valley Voices promotes artistic self-expression through the choral music experience in a non-audition ensemble for all ages and offers the creative process of making music in fellowship, musicianship, and choral music performances for the greater Verde Valley Community.
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