Guelph Community Singers

Guelph Community Singers

Singing in the Pandemic

Our next online session starts Wednesday, January 19th!

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 8-week online sessions will get you singing and learning new music in no time. And you’ll have the opportunity to see the faces from our singing community.

What does it look like?
Guelph Community Singers are 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. Registered members will receive an invitation and link to attend rehearsals. 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.

Do I need to live in Guelph?
Nope! The magic of Zoom means you can join us from anywhere on the planet (although you’ll want a decent connection)! Invite your friends and family from far and wide to sing with you.

How do I join?
Send us a note on our Contact Page saying you’d like to join our next session. Further information and payment instructions will be emailed to you soon. Registration is considered complete once your payment is received.

How long is a session?
The next 8-week mini-session will consist of 1-hour rehearsals on Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Eastern, beginning January 19th and running through March 9th. After the last rehearsal, there will be more weeks to prepare and record an on-line performance using the Smule phone app, for those interested. More on this below.

What will it cost?
Our eight week session costs $40 per person, and GCS is now accepting e-transfers. Payment instructions are sent out with your registration information. Our sincere thanks go out to the City of Guelph for the financial support we received to create these online sessions for the 21/22 season.

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 shorter 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 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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