“Those who wish to sing, always find a song!” As in these words of the song recorded by Quoddy Voices’ Manuela Brice, Jenny Gillies, Barb Smith and John Newell as part of an international virtual choir project, Quoddy Voices has found their song for this fall.
The community chorus has decided to hold a “virtual” season with weekly get togethers and rehearsals via the Zoom platform. The group will work on putting together a few “virtual choir” projects. These involve singers learning (through online rehearsals) and then recording their parts, which will be assembled into a video choral performance. 
The group’s first meetings and information sessions will be held via Zoom on Monday, September 14 and 21 at 7 pm. Singers will learn about the process and become prepared to participate in rehearsals each Monday thereafter. They will be provided audio practice tracks and the printed music will be provided digitally.   

This international virtual choir collaboration includes singers from Quaggy Community Choir, Palace Acappella Choir, Crib Notes, Greenwich Foundation Choir, Raised Voices, Kender Singers, Grove Park Singers, Downham & Whitefoot Community Choir, Quoddy Voices and others, and was recorded under lockdown in summer 2020. Song and arrangement by Jake Alexander.

“Group singing has been identified as one of the most potentially dangerous activities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” noted John Newell, Quoddy Voices’ Music Director. “Choral groups have spent months deliberating how to continue to allow members to sing together in these trying times. University, school, community and church choirs are taking a variety of approaches.”
All community members are welcome to join Quoddy Voices for the fall virtual season. In fact, we anticipate the involvement of singers who may not have been able to participate in the past. For information on how to join Quoddy Voices for the upcoming season contact Music Director John Newell at jnewell384@gmail.com

More information about Quoddy Voices’ members participation in the virtual choir project shown above may be found in our story here.