Hello all – Our community caroling has been officially canceled. THANK YOU for your willingness to give it a go. Between the weather and the Covid virus, it just doesn’t appear feasible that we can make it happen. The good news is that we have established more relationships in the community, and hopefully we will be able to sing for those in longterm care in the future. So thank you again, Please reply to your emails to let me know you got this message!
Due to a COVID outbreak at Gray Birch in Augusta, MaineGeneral has canceled our caroling event. We hope when this all passes we can plan a future sing at Gray Birch and Glenridge.
Instead, we will be caroling at Balsam House, a small (12 resident) long-term housing facility. We’ll meet at the Balsams (256 Gorden Road, Rte 135; Readfield, Maine 04355) at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 5, where we’ll be singing outside on their deck , socially distanced.. We’ll sing there for about 30 minutes, then head to Winthrop to prepare for the Holiday Stroll at 12:00. More information about Balsam House is available at https://balsamhousemaine.com.
Members, PLEASE reply to your email to confirm your participation. Dress in holiday costumes and wear your masks, and bring the music we’ve been rehearsing on Zoom. Please watch your email in the event this is canceled due to inclement Weather.
Observing CDC protocol (see below), CODA Chorus plans to provide some holiday caroling! Our goal is to safely bring good cheer to the community by singing a variety of popular carols for about 20-30 minutes. CODA members have received an email with a link to sign up.
For each event, 20 slots are available. Members may sign up for more than one, and a waiting list will be created for anyone after the first 20. Participating in CODA Zoom sessions are not required in order to participate in these events.
December 5th 12:00pm – Winthrop Holiday Stroll. Singers will meet in front of the Consolidated Communications building on Main Street in Winthrop.
December 12th 10:00am – MaineGeneral Rehabilitation & Long Term Care – Glenridge – 40 Glenridge Drive, Augusta. Singers will sing spread out on the lawn with amplification as residents are gathered near the windows in the dining/community room.
December 12th 2:00pm MaineGeneral Rehabilitation & Long Term Care – Gray Birch, 37 Gray Birch Dr, Augusta. Singers will sing spread out on the lawn with amplification as residents are gathered near the windows in the dining/community room.
2)Staying 9-14 feet apart, and facing a single direction (not in a circle).
3)Wearing a mask at all times.
4)Singing for no more than 30 minutes at a time, then taking a break and moving apart to let the air recycle.
5)Each singer having their own music, no sharing.
6)Sanitizing hands before singing, during breaks, and afterward.
CODA Chorus is pleased to announce the appointment of Christian Giddings as its new music director! Giddings recently earned a Doctor of Musical Art, Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona; and is currently the music program director at Kents Hill School in Readfield, Maine. He will assume his new role in September coordinating and directing virtual choral rehearsals while physical rehearsals are suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.
CODA President Ruth Lund commented, “We are excited to have Christian join CODA. He brings a diverse set of skills, including working with a variety of different choruses and age groups. He’s a perfect fit for CODA.” She adds, “We are delighted that he’ll work with the chorus to maintain continuity during the many challenges the COVID pandemic presents to singing groups.”
CODA Chorus, now in its 53rd year, is an all-inclusive community chorus located in Winthrop with the goal of providing an opportunity for local singers of all backgrounds and abilities to join one another in song. The chorus usually presents two concerts in December and in the Spring. Plans for future concerts will be announced here and on Facebook once health restrictions are lifted.
Current events are moving very quickly and as we take into consideration the coronavirus expansion in Maine, it is becoming more and more difficult to rationalize a continuation of normal when, well, the events surrounding us are no longer normal.
Ruth and I believe it is in everyone’s best interest to follow the latest Maine CDC recommendations and suspend this Friday’s potluck and our regular Tuesday night rehearsals for the time being.
Our concert is currently scheduled in 5 weeks’ time and that timeline will most likely change. We will continue to keep you updated as guidelines from Maine CDC adjust, which may help us make an informed decision on resuming a rehearsal schedule in the near future.
I know there have been contrasting opinions throughout the US on the severity of this virus, and there’s always a chance that we may all be overreacting; however I also know that not acting in a prudent manner in this case could endanger our community at large in ways that are untenable. These are unprecedented times and in the most difficult moments, I find confidence and comfort in the strength, resilience and compassion of our local community. Thank you for all of your hard work, it has been and continues to be an honor to make music with you every single week.
Be well and healthy. I look forward seeing each and every one of you in the near future.
We’ve upgraded our web site – with any luck, no more foot fungus ads! Rehearsals for the Spring 2020 season started January 21, and our concert will be April 25 at Hope Baptist Church. If you couldn’t make the first rehearsal and want to join, please come early (6:30-ish) this week to sign in and get your music. Hope to see you then!