The Sing! directors thoughtfully programmed seventeen pieces for our May concert encompassing a variety of styles to create a multi-cultural experience including seven languages, pieces from living composers, and arrangements of folk songs from Brazil to Ghana to Nova Scotia to Japan. In shifting to a virtual choir concert, we focused on eight pieces, examining each individually as well as within the whole to preserve multiple languages and styles.
Sing! choir members had live performance opportunities throughout the pre-COVID academic year, including the Salute to Teachers event, the Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade, and Santa Barbara Union School District Choir Day. And, though we rehearse at individual school sites, we came together for All Choir rehearsals, an experience that words can hardly begin to express. One of the best things about choir is that we create something greater than the sum of our parts. Without an in-person rehearsal and performance option available, we shifted our process to ensure each student not only knew the music, but also, in some ways, how to become a recording artist. Technology continues to be an important skill for musicians and giving our singers this experience will be useful for years to come. I know I can speak for my colleagues when I say thank you to our Sing! families for helping make this all happen; it really takes a village.
– Christine Hollinger, Sing! Choral Director