Hello, ECOC members, and welcome back to making music! First of all, thank you to everyone who completed our survey over the summer. We were all disappointed to have to cancel our spring events, and it was good to hear how so many of our members are itching to get back at it. I’m very excited to be restarting with you this month. Having said that, recent events have caused us to reconsider our previous fall plans. Most importantly, we are emphasizing safety over all else. To that end, instead of one large concert we have planned two shorter events, which will each feature small ‘chamber’ ensembles and choirs rather than a large, combined orchestra and chorus. In terms of what to expect at rehearsal each week, you will be placed in an ensemble of between four-to-twelve people, with each rehearsal lasting no more than forty-five minutes. This setup, while fulfilling our social distancing and air circulation requirements, also gives us a great opportunity to explore some of the fantastic chamber music repertoire out there. Our October concert will include separate singing, string ensemble, and brass/wind/percussion portions (repertoire TBA). Looking ahead to Christmas, we will perform a traditional set of carols interspersed with short Christmas poems and scripture. We are planning to give our Messiah concert in the spring, when we hope to be able to gather in our usual larger numbers again. (Interesting side note: the composer of Messiah, George Frideric Handel, always intended Messiah to be performed during the Easter holiday season; at its core, the text is about the Resurrection!)
Thank you for registering in advance of the first rehearsal. This helps us immensely as we finish selecting repertoire, prepare sheet music, and plan our rehearsal spaces. I hope to see you at the end of the month, but if you’re not available this time around, I look forward to seeing you when you rejoin us!