Resources for Choral Professionals During the Pandemic

During this difficult time, we are seeing the creativity, ingenuity, and leadership of choral professionals as they create and share resources to help themselves and others respond proactively. This page is an attempt to collect many of these ideas from around the country and around the state together in one place. Resources are taken from a number of national agencies such as ACDA, as well as compiled by our own members. Do you know of other resources that should be included? Please email Adam Wurst (adamwurst@gmail.com) with your suggestions.


Michigan Music Education Task Force


Mental Health and Inspiration

How to Salvage a Disastrous Day in Your Covid-19 House Arrest (by Aisha S. Ahmad, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Cantate: Choral Music in the Time of Coronavirus (published by California Choral Directors Association)

My Journey with COVID-19 (by Tim Sharp)
Grief and Gratitude Coexist (by Joy Fritz Paffenroth)
Working Together While Living Apart (by Alice Parker)
My Rubric for Innovation (by Tim Sharp)
A Note to My Church Choir (by Randall Bradley)
How Do We Sing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land? (by Tim Sharp)
On Loss, Community, and Taking a Breath (by Jennie Weyman, in California Choral Directors Assocation’s Cantate)
Crowdsourcing: CCDA Board Members and Friends Share Inspiration for Surviving the Crisis (compiled by Polly Vasche, in California Choral Directors Assocation’s Cantate)
It’s Okay to Suck at Being an Online Choir Teacher (by Chris Munce)

Professional Development & Learning Opportunities

Transform Your Choir’s Sound: Exceptional Choral Singing with Bel Canto Principles (by Laurier Fagnan) is available free right now, and is a learning program based on bel canto pedagogy applied to choral singing, with innovative 3D acoustical analyses highlighting “before” and “after” bel canto difference.
SFGMC TV (San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus) has launched a free online platform showcasing performances, dynamic interviews, singer spotlights, and more. The site offers content previously scheduled at the National LGBTQ Center for the Arts in digital format.

Online and Distance Learning Tools

SmartMusic
SmartMusic is a web-based suite of music education tools, and they are offering ACDA members (who are in organizations impacted by COVID-19 closures and who do not already have a SmartMusic subscription) free premium access through June 30, 2020. To sign up for this offer, (1) please fill out this form and let SmartMusic know your needs. Once your platform has been activated (it takes approximately six hours), (2) you can follow the few easy steps provided in this PDF.

Yousician
Have voice students? Yousician is offering free premium subscription access to music teachers for the remainder of the school year. Go to their website for instructions on how to get access.

The SPiN Network
SPiN is the first fully licensed video site created specifically for school-related music performances. Schools and associations can film and upload videos of their music performances – subscribers can view and enjoy the performances. SPiN is offering free student accounts that allow them to watch content and lessons from their teachers. Educators and directors can set up a free channel and send the link to their students. Directions for doing this are here. More information here.

Harmony Helper is an app that works to help singers improve their accuracy and build their confidence by providing real-time visual feedback on pitch and rhythm. The app download is free, and comes with access to five free choral songs. There is a subscription charge if you wish to upload your music.

RedShelf
RedShelf offers digital college/university-appropriate textbooks, and is offering campuses affected by COVID-19 free student access to their textbooks through the end of the semester.

Event Management

How Is COVID-19 Affecting Choral Events (managed by Chorus America)
This is a crowdsourced resource for choruses in the U.S. and Canada to share information about how their events (concerts, rehearsals, tours, fundraisers, etc.) are being impacted by COVID-19, and the plans they are putting into place as a result.
What to Do When Your Choral Concert Gets Canceled (by Tori Cook, Choral Connection)
Transforming Your Chorus’s Live Fundraising Event into a Virtual Event (by Tori Cook, Choral Connection)
Virtual Fundraising Ideas for Choruses: Host a Non-Event (by Torri Cook, Choral Connection)

Finances

Artist Relief, a coalition of national arts grantmakers, have created an emergency initiative to offer financial ($5,000 grants) and informational resources to artists (including musicians) across the United States. 
Two COVID-19 Relief Grants Your Chorus Should Apply for Today (by Jacob Levine, Chorus Connection)

Technology Ideas & Best Practices

Distance Learning Resources (compiled by Washington ACDA)
A resource as choral educators are facing the challenge of distance-learning in the choral classroom.
Guide to Remote Music Education (compiled by Christopher Bill)
A quick go-to list of software/apps you can use to stay connected with your students remotely and encourage progress without the luxury of in-person teaching.
Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start (by Michelle D. Miller, The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Continuing to Rehearse During the COVID-19 Situation with Tech Tools (by Kathryn E. Schneider, New York City Bar Chorus)

Content and Activity Ideas for Educators

**Oxford University Press is offering free some previews of online resources. Two publications, Oxford Solo Songs: Sacred (Volume 1 and Volume 2) and Voiceworks (Junior Voiceworks: 33 Songs for ChildrenVoicelinks: Songs and Activities across the Curriculum, and Folk Voiceworks: 30 Traditional Songs). They also have a Spotify playlist.

Melody of the Day. Every day, member Angela Horne posts one or two measures of a song her singers have learned. They have to use their sight-reading skills to figure out which song it is. The first to guess correctly gets a “happy mail” from her (a card with an Airhead box inside). “They’re loving it – and so am I!”

Schmidt Vocal Arts offers a series of 17 competitions, a summer program, and need-based aid to attend university to study voice or music education. They have switched to a modified, virtual model for the 8 remaining spring competitions. They are offering cash awards, college scholarships, and a track for singers to perform free of charge. Learn more.

Virtual and Online Choirs & Singing

**Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 6, with a new piece composed especially for this choir, entitled “Sing Gently.” Submissions are being accepted through May 22, and the premiere will be on YouTube early in the summer.
Virtual Choirs: Student Thoughts on Taking Performance Online (by Bobby Olson and Scott N. Edgar for NAfME)
Tech Tips for Virtual Ensembles (by Stanton’s Sheet Music)
Here I Am (composed by Karen Siegel) is a “gift to the choral community, and is dedicated to all who are quarantined or isolated during this pandemic.” Siegel says that it was composed to embrace the latency of online singing. The page also contains suggestions for creating remote choirs, including live streaming.
Virtual Choir Rehearsals (by GALA Choruses)
Local Homegrown Virtual Choir Launches Today (by Bronwyn Edwards)
Fauntleroy Virtual Choir Webpage (by Bronwyn Edwards)
A webpage for the choir, which contains scores and recordings for peole to sing along in their virtual choir.
Executive Summary: Virtual Choirs (by David Carroll)
High School Choir Online Learning Options: Growing as Musicians (by Doreen Fryling)
10 Ideas to Stay Connected to Your Choirs (by Arizona ACDA)
Coronavirus and Community Choruses: What Can You Do to Prepare (by Tori Cook, Choral Connection)

                                                                                                  

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