In order to do something productive with my grief over all the things we’ve lost, I wondered how this composition could support those friends and colleagues of ours who make their money by putting together multiple part-time or one-off gigs and are struggling with their livelihood now. They don’t feel “non-essential” to me, and never have. I’m sure you understand.
So, what I’d like to do is put together a consortium of choirs and give 100% of the result to a charity for gigging musicians called the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund which has funds specifically for our colleagues who have been affected by COVID-19; church section leaders, professional singers, accompanists, adjunct faculty, etc. can apply for to get a bit of financial help. They’ve set up a fund that offers relief specifically for professional musicians affected by the COVID-19 crisis. It covers medical bills, prescriptions, health insurance, utility bills, groceries, etc. and any donations made to premiere this piece will go directly to them.
The piece I wrote ended up being scored for double choir but, because of the direction it took me, I was also able to adapt it into a pretty cool version for Mixed Choir and Piano so as many ensembles as possible can join in. The suggested donation is only $300 as that amount feels just little enough that it wouldn’t break anyone’s budgets too much. Once an ensemble signs on, they get a PDF of both scores and two years of exclusivity to perform the piece; you wouldn’t have to program it this year. I also put together a packet of programming and enrichment ideas that might help you talk with your singers about choral singing and its relationship to pandemics throughout history.
I hope you’ll consider donating!
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- Taylor Lelewski
- Lynn Spees
- Carl Nordstrom
- Paulette Church
- Donald Mott
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