Michael Conley

Dear Choir

Dear Choir,

This is the happiest note I have had the pleasure of writing in over a year. We are about to start singing together again, and I’m sure each of you join me in a desire to dance around in celebration! In fact, we are a mere 10 days away from our first rehearsal in more than a year. Hallelujah! Of course, what makes this happy reunion possible is the miracle of our mutual vaccination. So, before we go any further, I must be very clear that ONLY fully vaccinated members will be able to sing with the choir until further notice. More on that subject further along…see below.

But before we get into the specifics of that, let me give you a schedule as I currently conceive of it, understanding that as always in this strange time, everything is subject to change and/or adaptation. As a way of easing back into our former routines, we will start with a slightly shorter rehearsal for the summer months:

  • Chancel Choir Summer Schedule (as of 06/08/21)
  • Thursday, 06/17 Rehearsal (7:00-9:00)
  • Thursday, 06/24 Rehearsal (7:00-9:00)
  • Sunday, 06/27 Rehearsal (8:45-9:45) Worship (10:00)
  • We will then take three weeks off, while I finish up my tenure as worship video-editor. Thursday rehearsals
    resume on July 22nd.
  • Thursday, 07/22 Rehearsal (7:00-9:00)
  • Sunday, 07/25 Rehearsal (8:45-9:45) Worship (10:00)
  • Thursday, 07/29 Rehearsal (7:00-9:00)
  • Sunday, 08/01 Rehearsal (8:45-9:45) Worship (10:00)
  • Thursday, 08/05 Rehearsal (7:00-9:00)
  • Sunday, 08/08 Rehearsal (8:45-9:45) Worship (10:00)
  • Thursday, 08/12 Rehearsal (7:00-9:00)
  • Sunday, 08/15 Rehearsal (8:45-9:45) Worship (10:00)
  • Thursday, 08/19 Rehearsal (7:00-9:00)
  • Sunday, 08/22 Rehearsal (8:45-9:45) Worship (10:00)
  • Thursday, 08/26 Rehearsal (7:00-9:00)
  • Sunday, 08/29 Rehearsal (8:45-9:45) Worship (10:00)
  • Thursday, 09/02 NO REHEARSAL
  • Sunday, 09/05 Rehearsal (8:45-9:45) Worship (10:00)

Starting Thursday, September 9th our regular rehearsal schedule resumes, 7:00-9:30 pm. I have not yet determined when our “notes” rehearsals on Sundays will resume, or when we will be having our first concert, but those and other questions will hopefully be sorted out very soon. Stay tuned!

Our first service back on June 27th will be a very special day for many reasons, including our singing together for the first time, our singing with our new Pastor Marci in the building for the first time, Victor’s last time leading a service before his 3-month sabbatical begins, AND, our beloved Phoebe will be coming up to sing with us for one last time as soprano soloist/section leader. I don’t know about you, but I will have a box of Kleenex in my pocket!!

As always, my “door” is always open (or at least my phone and my email!), so if you have any questions or concerns about the coming days and weeks, please don’t hesitate to reach out and I will do my best to listen and respond.

In joyful anticipation,

Michael Conley

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