As the 2020-2021 academic year draws to a close, we are looking forward with great excitement to the 2021-2022 academic year and a return to close to normal activities in the fall! With no in-person choral singing on campus since early March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve experienced a year of meeting over 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 also can’t wait to return to in-person auditions, rehearsals, and performances this coming fall!
The progression of the pandemic this summer will still determine what we’ll be able to do in the fall, and 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. Be advised that there might still be some modifications to our planning for fall that we’ll need to deploy, but at present, all signs point to a return to mostly regular activities.
The link to audition signups for the 2021-2022 Chorale will be posted on our auditions page in early September. Details for performances and activities for the 2021-2022 academic year will be posted here as plans develop over the summer 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 when we’re able to come together to share music again!