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Our 2021 virtual Winter (January to March) Session had 60+ attendees. 
Here is what we worked on.

  • Cantata Domino  by Hans Leo Hassler 

  • The Dance (From the Bavarian Highlands) by Edward Elgar

  • Echo by Emily Green with words by Christina Rossetti

  • Old Lady Rose by David Baker | arr. Larry Nickel

  • Regina Coeli by W.A. Mozart

  • Schubert Lieder " Nacht und Träume" (Night and Dreams)

  • The Sound of Music Choral Highlights  by Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rogers | arr. John Leavitt

A virtual choir performance of Old Lady Rose was released on July 1, 2021
on the Bytown Voices YouTube channel. Here it is!

Program Details

We opted for this two-step season (separate Winter and Spring 2021 sessions) approach so that we could respond to any positive changes regarding physicalgathering options. We have so much missed singing together in the same room.   

We continue to welcome new members. Part of the joys of choral singing is getting to know your fellow choristers. During the pandemic this has been a challenge but even online, the time before the rehearsal and during the sectional practices does provide some opportunities for social interaction. 

A virtual choir production of one of the musical selections Old Lady Rose is in preparation. Participation in this activity was optional.  Members could chose to participate in the virtual weekly rehearsals only .
Technical advice about how to contribute to the recording was provided to all members.

How a rehearsal is structured on ZOOM
E-doors to the online Spring Session rehearsals  open at 7:15 each Tuesday and practice  starts sharp at 7:30 pm. The rehearsal lasts for 75 minutes and includes: 
- 15 minutes physical and vocal warm-up  
-  40-minute sectional rehearsals (SATB) with professional musicians leading each section. Sectional practices use Zoom’s ‘breakout room’ feature.  
- a final 20 minute plenary session where we put the music together.
We use pre-recorded tracks to accompany members' singing in the plenary  sessions.


L-R: Risa Tonita, Lyndsay Bolden,sectional rehearsal leaders,

Joan Fearnley, Director of Music,  Carla Klassen, Pianist

The Bytown Voices 2021 Winter Session has concluded. 

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