RECIOUS FEW are fortunate enough to make music with others on a consistent basis. I am one of the lucky ones. Most are not. Despite more favorable personal circumstances I still mourn the absence of my fellow choristers. We are in the desert. This trial heightens appreciation, love, and respect.
We are responsible for each other. While the gradual rollout of a vaccine that may help choral life transition towards past glories, the world continues to suffer horrifically and tragically. Protecting those for whom I am responsible is of grave importance.
UPDATED PROTOCOLS IN BOSTON
A few weeks ago the Archdiocese of Boston updated its protocols on safety and ventilation which includes music protocols (No. 12-14). These protocols include required singing with masks in a small ensemble. The biggest concern is safe rehearsal.
For musicians, I am a believer in multiple layers of protection: masks, ventilation, distance, time. Do not rely on one or the other. Rely on all. I consider singing with masks and observing multiple safety protocols a pro-life issue. This is not hyperbole. It is a matter of love and respect for each other.
Here is my personal message on this and the protocols.:
Here is what a quartet can sound like wearing masks: