Thank you for visiting the Skagit Valley Chorale website. We have not let the COVID pandemic keep us from singing! During our 2020-2021 season, Zoom was a wonderful way to see one another in small boxes on our screens while we worked on vocal technique and some choral favorites. Meanwhile, Dr. Burdick and our board have been studying and preparing for the day when we feel ready to meet in person once again.
This fall, we will be requiring all participants joining in-person rehearsals to be vaccinated and masked as well. Our rehearsal venue, Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, has a very large multipurpose room with an effective HVAC system. We have other COVID mitigation plans as well; members and interested prospective members are welcome to inquire about our other plans.
With the late-summer rise in COVID cases locally and nationally, we made the decision to begin the 2021-2022 season on Zoom once again. However, now we’re embarking on a new plan to begin rehearsing in person again, but outside, in the covered play area at Centennial Elementary School in Mount Vernon. Beginning October 5 we will be there on Tuesday evenings, protected from wind and rain and able to hear and blend with each other! We hope to be able to move back inside at Salem in November, and we have reserved space for live concerts at McIntyre Hall on December 11th and 12th, if conditions improve enough.
We are particularly looking forward to the spring when we plan to combine forces with the Skagit Symphony and Artistic Director/Conductor Dr. Michael Wheatley. Dr. Wheatley and symphony members will join the Chorale for our May 7th and 8th concerts of the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré along with Ludwig von Beethoven’s Symphony #9, 4th Movement, then we’ll return the favor by joining the orchestra for their May 21st and 22nd concerts of the complete Beethoven symphony.
In older news, we prepared a "session choir" concert for Heralding Christmas 2020 featuring five songs and several guests, available on YouTube for you to enjoy, and followed up with recordings of two more songs this past Spring, which you can watch below. As we did for our Christmas concert, members recorded their parts individually in their homes and sent them to be assembled by Dr. Burdick. The final audio was paired with a slideshow of the lyrics and beautiful images. We’d especially like to recognize Dr. Wheatley and a few other violinists from Skagit Symphony who joined us for the piece “Walden”. We are very pleased to have had such wonderful songs to sing for this project. We hope you will enjoy them!
...And here's a glimpse of what our screens have looked like for the past year on Zoom.
Enjoy this lovely medley video made by John Yaeger in 2017 that shares the joy of our singing together in the beautiful Skagit Valley. If you don’t know the Skagit Valley Chorale this is a beautiful introduction to the chorale, our director Adam Burdick, and snippets of our music. If you have attended our concerts and are missing them at this time, enjoy learning more about us.