educating, uniting, enriching, and inspiring through choral music
Thank you for visiting the Minnesota Chorale in cyberspace!
Our mission calls us to “celebrate the human voice and its power to educate, unite, enrich, and inspire.” As long as the circumstances of fighting the spread of the coronavirus keep us from doing this work in person, we will use technology to live out our mission. Each week, we’ll post musical content online for you, vocal and instrumental selections performed by our artistic staff and singers, which we hope will lift your spirits in the challenging days ahead.
This week, we’re happy to present Jerry Rubino, director of our Voices of Experience choir for senior adults, operated jointly with MacPhail Center for Music. A consummate musician—conductor, vocal music arranger and editor--Jerry is well known to local audiences as an extraordinary pianist. Make sure you’re all warmed up before hitting the “play” button on Jerry’s video, so you’ll be ready to sing!
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Covid-19 and the Minnesota Chorale
We’re posting this today to keep you informed about what’s happening with the Minnesota Chorale and our family of choirs during these extraordinary times. We’re grateful that, as of this writing, all our singers, staff, and board are healthy and safe. And we hope with all our hearts that this is true for you and yours, too.
Like large musical ensembles both here in the Twin Cities and around the world, all our choirs are on hiatus from weekly rehearsals until it is deemed safe and prudent to resume.
But a choir is all about connections: the common endeavor of rehearsing and performing together is what gives a choir its purpose and its identity. Without these activities, we’re finding other ways to maintain regular contact with all our singers, from Voices of Experience to Minneapolis Youth Chorus to Prelude Children’s Choir, using a variety of online tools, include regular emails, Facebook groups, and video sharing platforms.
Our Minnesota Chorale singers were to have started weekly rehearsals for three performances of Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms” and Rachmaninoff’s “Three Russian Songs” with the Minnesota Orchestra in mid-May. Resource materials have been provided to singers so that they can maintain their customary level of intensive preparation for such a large project—nearly 150 of our 230+ singers are part of this roster.
Annual auditions for the Chorale, scheduled for May and June, will proceed online, so that we can hear singers who are interested in the prospect of joining our ranks for the 2020-21 concert season.
Our office staff is doing their work from their respective homes, enjoying the flexibility of “commuting” to the office in their bunny slippers. Like you, we’re all learning how to conduct meetings by conference call and in front of a video camera. We are seeking ways to share with you the inspiring sound of our choirs, so you can continue to be enriched by our work in your own home. Stay tuned for developments on this front!
While our choirs can’t rehearse or perform for the time being, we are finding other ways to live out our mission: celebrating the human voice and its power to educate, unite, enrich, and inspire. As ever, we continue to live out our values in the world, by maintaining connections with our singers and you, our supporters; by working in concert with peer choral organizations in the Twin Cities in seeking ways to assist one another through these uncharted waters; and by staying true to what animates and inspires our work: that music, choral music in particular, feeds the soul and nourishes the heart.
Together, we are with you in song.
Kathy Saltzman Romey, Artistic Director
Bob Peskin, Executive Director
Mariellen Jacobson, President, Board of Directors