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COVID-19 Programming Update
Below, you’ll find an update on our programming plans for Fall 2020, in light of the current public health crisis of COVID-19. The following decisions have been made in an attempt to weigh the significance of community music involvement in all of our lives with the importance of protecting each other, and particularly those of us who are most vulnerable, during this time. These decisions take into account the current public health situation in Manitoba, the evolving recommendations of the medical and scientific community regarding safe music-making during a pandemic, and the possibility that our local situation will change quite suddenly in the months to come.
In the coming year, being a music-making community together will require extra grace, flexibility and understanding from each of us. We value your feedback now and as we move forward; please reach out if you have questions, concerns, or ideas about any of this. At the same time, we ask for your flexibility and grace as we attempt to program a year that will be marked by unique limitations, in addition to - we hope - exciting discoveries of new ways of music-making and existing in community together.
-We are planning to move forward with string ensembles insofar as we are able. Rehearsals will take place in Winkler on Thursday evenings; rehearsal format will vary from group to group, and may change throughout the season according to public health restrictions. All rehearsing will be done in compliance with the public health directives from the Manitoba government. String ensembles will work towards a video-recorded fundraising event in late November/early December. More details will be provided when registrations open in mid-August.
-Plans for rehearsals and concert in Winter 2021 will be announced in November 2020.
-Homeschool Harmony Fall 2020 Session will look quite different than usual; in leiu of preparing for a concert, group lessons in singing and musicianship will be offered over Zoom. More details will be provided when registrations open in mid-August.
-We hope to move forward with in-person rehearsal and concert for Homeschool Harmony’s Spring 2021 session; these plans will be announced in early 2021.
-The Winkler Senior Choir will resume activities on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Our meeting time will be from 10 - 11 a.m. on Tuesdays. We will be meeting virtually, with the help of the Zoom app and rehearsal tracks for each voice and tracks with all the voices. Time will be spent learning to use ZOOM in the first rehearsals. We will take the time to become accustomed to this format so that all who wish to sing with the senior choir will have that opportunity. More information will be available in August.
-At this point, we intend for cello lessons to take place in Morden as usual, with physical distancing and sanitation measures in place. Lessons may move to an online format at any time and for any length of time according to public health recommendations, and/or at the discretion of Natalie Goodlett and the DKSM administrative team.
-Bass lessons will be offered with Andrew Goodlett. Due to Andrew's schedule, lessons will be scheduled regularly with a format alternating between Zoom and in-person. Lessons may move to an online format at any time and for any length of time according to public health recommendations, and/or at the discretion of Andrew and the DKSM administrative team.