Guelph Community Singers

Guelph Community Singers

Singing in the Pandemic

Miss singing? We do too!
That’s why Guelph Community Singers has been hard at work creating a fun new way to sing together online while staying apart and safe. Our new 5-week online mini sessions will get you singing and learning new music in no time. And you’ll have the opportunity to see the faces you’ve missed from our singing community. (Hello Henry and Grace…)

What will it look like?
Guelph Community Singers will be offering online sessions through Zoom software. Members will be required to download the Zoom app onto their device (the app is free!) in order to gain access to the rehearsal Zoom room. Each week, registered members will receive an invitation and link to attend rehearsal. Clicking the link provided will bring you into the rehearsal Zoom room. (You may have to wait for a few minutes while we “open the waiting room.”) Our musical director Henry Muth and accompanist Grace Peters will lead us in learning new music. 

Will the practices be like our in-person ones?
Not exactly. Due to Internet “lag” challenges, it is not possible to sing in unison the way we normally do. That means we will be unable to hear each other since everyone except our musical leadership will be muted. But don’t worry! You’ll still feel good singing and learning new songs (and maybe a few you already know). Best yet, after our shortened, one-hour rehearsal, feel free to raise a glass and turn on your mic to chat during our virtual Pennywhistle mingle time. (All the fun, none of the late-night drives.) This is not mandatory, but everyone is welcome.

How do I join?
Members who were enrolled during our Winter 2020 session will be receiving a registration e-mail for a free pilot session beginning September 30, 2020. Members will need to register their name in order to receive the invitations for each virtual rehearsal for the session. 

Not a member during our Winter 2020 session? We have not forgotten about you! We plan to have another session starting in mid-November that will be open to everyone. Stay tuned for more information on how to join.

How long is a session?
Each 5-week mini-session will consist of 1-hour rehearsals on Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Sept. 30 to Oct. 28, Nov. 18 to Dec. 16)

What will it cost?
To thank our Winter 2020 members for their patience during a very challenging session earlier this year, we are pleased to offer this first, 5-week pilot session for free. Our sincere thanks go out to the City of Guelph for the financial support required to create online sessions for the 20/21 season. There will be a small fee for subsequent sessions.

What type of music will we be singing?
The music will be fun and inspiring, but perhaps less challenging than some of the pieces we typically learn when singing together in one room. We want singers to feel buoyed by the music, rather than stressed! These mini sessions are about having a good time with familiar faces, dusting off our rusty voices and trying something new.

Will we be having a virtual concert?
Guelph Community Singers is known for performing in front of our friends and family. While the pandemic means we can’t gather everyone together for a concert, we still want to offer our community a “performance” using Smule. It’s an exciting app that allows us to create a video to be shown online for our community and beyond! The GCS Side Notes used the app in the early days of the pandemic to record a few songs “apart and together.” One song garnered almost 5,000 views! (The app is also free to download.) At the end of each mini, 5-week session, we hope to record at least one song by compiling our voices to make a recording. Recording is not mandatory, but encouraged. It’s great fun.

Unfamiliar with the Smule app? Don’t worry. There will be technical support. Just record yourself singing against the pre-recorded tracks, and submit it to the group file. Smule will then do all the work of putting our videos together!

We look forward to singing with you soon.

Quotes from our members

  • “Great people singing can never be anything but wonderful.”

  • “I love that the pieces chosen are challenging but doable. I love the inclusivity of it.”

  • “I enjoyed hearing how we sounded in the end. All that hard work paid off. Such a great harmonized sound.”

  • “I like challenging myself to sing songs I never thought I could.”

  • “I’m so glad to be part of this choir. I find it very grounding.”

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