The Chadron State College Community Chorus has its first rehearsal tonight in almost 18 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chorus returns to its normal rehearsal schedule of Thursdays at 7:00 in Memorial Hall Room 126.
The Fall Concert for the Community Chorus will be a joint event with the CSC Concert Choir on Sunday, Nov 14. The two groups present separate programs before ending with 2 joint numbers.
After the pandemic scuttled the Spring 2020 season, the CSC Community Band was able to resume last fall under protocols that included 6-feet between each musician.
The protocols for vocal music required singing with masks and 10-feet between each singer, which took up nearly the entire Memorial Hall Auditorium stage when the CSC choir rehearsed.
Dr Joel Schreuder, who directs both the college and community choirs, conferred with past members of the community group before deciding the protocols would be too difficult for the group and its members over 65.
Schreuder says masks are not required now, but he is recommending them for those who are not vaccinated, adding that they should get a “singers mask,” which has a unique internal structure that keeps the mask away from the mouth.
The CSC Community Chorus fall repertoire consists of a piece by Brahms in German, a traditional spiritual, and 7 numbers by composers born in the 20th century, including the 2 joint numbers with the college choir..