When Covid restrictions began to relax in late spring 2021, Shir Joy resumed live, outdoor rehearsals in the beautiful courtyard of Congregation B’nai Shalom. Guest musicians added to the music, giving the singers and players, at least, an opportunity to enjoy live music together. Singing together outside with flowers blooming and birds singing around us was a treasured highlight of a very difficult year for many of Shir Joy’s members. Shir Joy ended its 2021 season with a final concert on June 27, performed virtually with a combination of the many techniques they had used over the year.? The group also performed lived while masked indoors at the Jewish Federation presentation Exodus 1947/Yom HaShoah commemoration and Israel Bonds Appeal in Worcester on June 22 and is scheduled to sing the pregame show for the WooSox on Aug. 22.?The Jewish Federation of Central Mass. has been a major supporter of Shir Joy since it began. Congregation B’nai Shalom has generously allowed the choir its use of rehearsal space.? ? ? Everyone at Shir Joy is looking forward to being able to return to live, in-person rehearsals on a regular basis. “As convenient as online concerts may be, they are actually far more work to produce and present than a live performance,” says Gibbons. “Chorus members much prefer to actually sing together rather than in the isolation of a virtual choir. We are a friendly, supportive group. For now, we have the option of live, outdoor rehearsals. When we need to, we can use our parking lot chorus system. At this moment, the future of the pandemic is uncertain. We are really looking forward to being able to sing together in person on a regular basis. However, come what may, we will continue as a harmonious community of enthusiastic singers!
Shir Joy Chorus will be resuming weekly rehearsals on Sunday evening, Oct. 3. Shir Joy welcomes new members; the group’s first two rehearsals are open to potential new members. Shir Joy Chorus is a 501(3)c corporation. Concerts are currently planned for Feb 6, 2022, and June 26, 2022. For more information about Shir Joy or how to join, go to shirjoychorus.com or contact them at shirjoyMA@gmail.com.Email this pageShare on FacebookShare on Twitter
Are you ready to engage your body, mind, and spirit?The Just in Time Choirs have been developing creative ways to sing together as much as possible despite uncertain conditions.
Singing brings so much fulfilment, joy, and community feeling and we’ve really been missing it,” said JIT spokesperson Glyn O’Keefe, in apress release. “We aim to keep everyone in the choir and the community around us as safe as possible and have devised a set of safe singing protocols which will help us to do that to the best of our ability.”
The group is following recommendations made by government to include masking, distancing, and limiting the number of participants along with other ways to mitigate risk.ONE PR Studio (for Zynga in the US) /email@example.com/ 510-893-3271
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