Asheville choral society: singing safely through the covid-19 crisis
The Asheville Choral Society exists to advance singing and the choral arts in Western North Carolina. As Coronavirus spread globally, life changed very quickly for everyone. For ACS's singers and leadership, we had to shift our plans dramatically, as it was suddenly unsafe for singers and audiences for us to perform in person.
ACS's two spring 2020 concerts had to be postponed until a time when we could sing together. Rehearsals were postponed indefinitely. Singers and audience members expressed bitter disappointment, and a strong desire to keep singing, in one way or another.
In the months that followed, ACS leadership determined that in-person rehearsals and performances would be unsafe for the near future. Sadly, singing in large groups -- like ACS's 120-member chorus -- appears to be a particularly dangerous activity for the time-being, but we want to continue singing together. For ACS, this means several new activities have been activated:
- ACS's main chorus will resume rehearsals in the fall as scheduled, but will meet online. Learn more online here. Our virtual fall will include videos and other learning materials, live Zoom rehearsals, and other ways to connect, like our online happy hours, pictured below, to retain connection.
- ACS's elite ensemble, Tempus, will test out remote recording technologies in Summer 2020 in preparation of a full chorus shared recording in Fall 2020.
- ACS is generating new ways to broadcast our business supporters' generosity online and in social media.
Stay tuned to ACS's website and social media feed to learn about our plans for online learning and singing together, and to see when we next be performing live in person in the future. We will make these decisions with the utmost seriousness, and in partnership with state and local health officials.
Stay safe, and keep singing!