Guelph Community Singers

Guelph Community Singers

Singing in the Pandemic

Our next IN-PERSON AND ONLINE session starts Wednesday, April 27th!

What? Did you say "In Person"?
That’s right! We will be opening a limited number of in-person spots, and will continue to stream online for our members at home. This session will be a longer 90-minute format and run for eight rehearsals.

How will In-Person singing work?
Those singing in person will be spread out and will wear masks. Singing while masked has been shown to be much, much safer than singing unmasked. The exciting part is that you’ll be able to hear other singers, in addition to our musical director Henry Muth and accompanist Grace Peters!

How will Online singing work?
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 and accompanist will lead us in learning new music. And for the first time, our online members will be able to hear the in-person choir join in!

Can I switch to online?
Yes, everyone registered will receive the link to our online rehearsal on Zoom. Anyone registered for in-person singing who is not feeling comfortable or is feeling unwell is encouraged to join online. We want everyone to be safe.

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 90-minute rehearsals on Wednesday nights from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Eastern, beginning April 27th.

What will it cost?
Our eight week session costs $50 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 running a full session. 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. We will be watching Public Health guidelines to determine how to end the season. Past virtual sessions have offered 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! We are still exploring whether some kind of live performance can be held safely.

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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