NG Concert Choir spirit undimmed by pandemic


by Elisabeth Rubli, NGCC Publicist

These are strange times indeed and nothing, as we have known it before, is the same. Singing is not permitted, so how does a choir keep its spirit alive … and stay healthy? After cancelled concerts and a long pause, the North Grenville Concert Choir’s Musical Director, Phillip Konopka, has come up with a creative way to keep everyone engaged, to continue to develop musical skills and to sing!

Many choir members have really missed the weekly rehearsals, along with the excitement of preparing for performances; but since this is impossible these days, Konopka is offering to lead online workshops where he will have members join in from their homes. There will be a variety of sessions offered, including listening to him play in order to learn the music for future performances, going through all parts at once and then sectional parts, as well as doing a few sessions of music theory to help with basic sight reading. It promises to be interesting, to say the least, but these are interesting times and we all have had to adapt to new ways of doing things. This will allow the choir members to stay connected, continue learning and continue singing, if only from their homes for now.

If you have ever thought of joining a choir but did not have the courage or confidence to do so, here is your chance! New members are always welcome. There will be approximately 8 – 10 hour-long sessions held every Monday starting on September 21. For more info, please contact [email protected], or call 613-258-1281.


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