RINGING (OR, SINGING) IN
THE CHANGES THIS FALL
At last there’s something to sing about and some way of singing together again!
After wondering what would happen for one of the riskiest activities in these Covid times, the Transylvania Choral Society begins virtual rehearsals on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00 pm to produce a united choral sound for Christmas.
Tech-savvy Choral Director, Dr. David Gresham, with stalwart accompanist Patti Black, will be playing and singing at Zoom meetings. Choir members at the Zoom meeting will be muted, so you will hear what David and Patti are doing and sing along at home. We will be able to see each other but we won’t hear each other, and Dr. Gresham won’t hear us — not at first, at least.
In your own time, outside the Tuesday night Zoom meeting, you can use one device (such as your computer) to play your part while you record your own voice track on another device (such as your smart phone). When the choir is ready, we will send sound files to Dr. Gresham, who will produce a unified final project from the tracks sent in. He has already done this successfully with the choir at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.
It may sound challenging but, as so often with technology, it’s straightforward once you’ve done it a few times. And based on the response of nearly 40 returning members who heard a sample this week with Dr. Gresham — in a Zoom meeting, of course — the final product will be more than worth the effort.
Because this is virtual singing, each chorister is faced with hearing his or her own voice alone, which can make singers shy. Dr. Gresham points out: “You don’t have to feel too sheepish about how your recording turns out” because during the mixing, there’s a deal of leveling and compressing whereby quality rises and mistakes are subsumed.
Transylvania Choral Society is a community of folks who enjoy singing, and the choir has never held auditions; its spirit is about the power of many small talents uniting to form one fine sound.
And because rehearsals this fall are virtual, you don’t even have to be here in Transylvania County to take part. The choir has already heard from two former choristers, now moved out of this area, who are thrilled to be able to join TCS again. All you will need are two electronic devices: one to play the music and the other to record your own voice as you listen.
The result will be a virtual recital to include a selection from Handel’s “Messiah”, as well as “When Memory Fades”, a hymn by Dr. Mary Louise Bringle, Professor of Religious Studies at Brevard College — one of the pieces slated for an April 2020 Benefit Concert for the Alzheimer’s Association.
The first three rehearsal dates (Tuesday, September 15th, 22nd & 29th at 7pm) are open to all and fees ($35) are due once you decide to join sometime within the first three weeks. TCS has a solid core of committed members, but we hope former members and those near and far who welcome a new challenge will join the effort to bring singing back into all our lives.
“WHEN MEMORY FADES”
Scheduled for Spring 2020
SPECIAL PRESENTATION BY EDWARD SHAW, MD,
KEEPING LOVE ALIVE AS MEMORIES FADE—THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES & THE ALZHEIMER’S JOURNEY
We are sorry to report that the Transylvania Choral Society and Brevard College Chamber Singers had to postpone our program for “When Memory Fades” indefinitely. Our concert was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2020, in the Paul Porter Center for the Performing Arts at Brevard College.
We rely on membership dues and the generosity of our sponsors, supporters, and many donors to continue offering great choral music each year in the fall and spring for the community of Transylvania County.
We are especially grateful to our 2020 season sponsors for their support of the Transylvania Choral Society.
The Transylvania Choral Society is a volunteer community choir that prepares and presents a wide array of sacred and secular choral music at least twice a year. Society members share their love of music in performances that entertain, inspire and inform.
Founded in 1975, The Transylvania Choral Society is a Community Performing Arts Chorus open to all vocalists within Transylvania County who are interested in performing choral music within a concert setting.