The 2021-2022 academic year is underway and we are enjoying a return to close-to-normal activities!
From early March of 2020 through early April of 2021, we experienced over a year of meeting on Zoom, distributed realtime ensemble singing via JackTrip, distributed performance video projects, a wonderful lineup of guest lecturers speaking on a wide range of music topics and experiences, and our own members stepping up to present on choral topics including: a conductor’s approach to score study and preparation; cultural appropriation in choral music; Bach motets; Orff’s Carmina Burana and the architecture of musical nationalism; the opera chorus; Tallis, Byrd and the English Reformation; and Stravinsky’s Mass. It has been enriching in ways we don’t usually get to experience in non-pandemic times — but we’re now thrilled to return to in-person rehearsals and performances this fall!
This academic year, we’ve welcomed all students back to campus and have experienced a return to mostly regular activities — including presenting concerts! All our planning is done under the guidance of Stanford’s Office of Environmental Health & Safety, experts from Stanford’s medical community, and in collaboration with state and county health departments. Campus COVID-19 infection rates have remained extremely low, we are carrying out a regular schedule of rehearsals and performances.
You’ll find details for performances and activities for the 2021-2022 academic year here, and we will continue to be update this information as plans continue to evolve and the university confirms our ability to carry on our usual activities.
Stay tuned to this space for updates as they transpire. We so look forward to welcoming back our wonderful community as we come together to share music again!