Important information about AAYC’s upcoming virtual rehearsals

When will AAYC be rehearsing in the fall?
Fall rehearsals will be held via Zoom.  All singers will attend the Zoom meeting as if we are meeting in person.

  • Our first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.
  • Descant Choir rehearsals will be held Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. until  7:00 p.m.
  • Concert Choir rehearsals will be held Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
  • The link for your chorister’s Zoom rehearsal will be sent in a separate communication.

What about Workshop Day this year?

  • Given that we are not able to gather in-person at this time, we will not hold Workshop Day as we would in a typical year.
  • Please watch for information in upcoming newsletters about a virtual Parent Orientation meeting in the near future.

What items will be required for a virtual Zoom rehearsal?
The following items will be necessary for each singer to participate in the virtual rehearsals:

  • Private, quiet, distraction- and interruption-free location
  • Earbuds or headphones
  • Device with Zoom software installed (laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone)
  • Reliable internet connection
  • External microphone (for recording only): AAYC will make recommendations for affordable microphone solutions later in the season.

How may parents and guardians be supportive of their chorister?

  • Please help your singer locate a quiet space to practice with online recordings each day and to focus during the virtual rehearsal sessions. It is hugely helpful if the space is consistent from week to week.
  • Offer the supportive expectation that quality practice and active engagement in virtual rehearsals are important parts of a young musician’s journey.  Treat the virtual rehearsal with the same importance as any in-person rehearsal.
  • Allow mistakes to occur during practice or rehearsal without commentary or judgement.
  • Encourage your child to work through mistakes and support them in working toward artistry.

What about uniforms this season?

  • For the 2020-2021 season, AAYC will not wear their formal uniforms.
  • When recording for virtual or live-stream performances, singers will wear
    • A red AAYC logo tee (which will be issued to you early in the  season)
    • Black pants (no leggings please)
    • Unadorned, black, closed-toe, flat shoes.

What if we have additional questions or need assistance with setting up Zoom for the rehearsals?

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