Wellesley Choral Society
Covid-19 Information for 2023 – 2024 Season
The goal of the Wellesley Choral Society is to present the world’s greatest choral music, both sacred and secular, to our audiences. Learning music, expanding our knowledge of composers, music history, and vocal techniques, and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow choral society members adds richness to our lives as well as supporting our physical and mental well-being.
Our 2020 – 2021 season was transformed to be completely online, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Though unable to present concerts for an audience, we were able to continue our weekly rehearsal schedule through Zoom meetings each Monday. All agreed, it was a welcome bright spot during a difficult year.
In September 2021, we returned to in-person rehearsals and were delighted to be able to present a live concert in May 2022. The Board of the Wellesley Choral Society considered all the information about the pandemic and how it might affect our group. Requirements and guidelines from the following sources are taken into consideration for all decisions regarding our ability to gather together: Unitarian Universalist Church (our rehearsal and concert space), Town of Wellesley Health Department, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and local medical professionals associated with our group.
In addition, we have conducted regular surveys of performance groups and venues in the Greater Northeast to see how they were addressing protocols and policies. We continued to do these surveys throughout the entire performance season and into the summer of 2023.
Beginning with our first rehearsal in September 2023, and until such time as circumstances require that we amend our policies and protocols, the Wellesley Choral Society will be mask-friendly, though masks will not be required, for all singing members, visiting artists and musicians, and audience. If you are feeling unwell, for any reason, please stay home. Singing members have the option to join us for rehearsals on Zoom.
The notion that “We are all in this together.” is even more true for an organization such as ours. With prudence regarding recommendations, respect for each other’s choices, and the goal of safely sharing our love of music with each other and the community, we look forward to another successful season.
Note: In the event there is a change to any policies or protocols, the updated information will be posted on our website.