In Light of COVID-19
Like all of you, we are working hard to stay informed on the rapidly developing events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. We have spent the last two days with little else on our minds and with the weight of making decisions that inevitably impact lives beyond our beloved MYC community--a community comprised of members from across southern Wisconsin. The CDC has identified social distancing as a key component in slowing the spread of this disease. For this reason, and in the interest of contributing to a healthier outcome for our entire community, especially the most vulnerable among us, MYC will be suspending all rehearsals until mid April. We will continue to send the Weekly Notes each Thursday with updates and we hope that rehearsals will resume April 19/20. (We had already scheduled to be off during MMSD spring break and Easter Sunday on March 29/30 and April 12.) We are working on a plan for conductors and singers to stay engaged with each other and with the music we're studying. Details on that will be shared next week.
We want you to know that we make this decision not from a place of fear or panic, but from a place of sincere desire to do everything within our power to be part of the solution in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Above all, we want you to know that we consider rehearsal time with our singers--your singers--to be the highlight of our week and we will miss it in a profound way that speaks to the power of the work we do together. Even though we won't be together physically, the shared experiences of exploring music and ideas we've had together this semester will undoubtedly be a balm for all of us in these extraordinary weeks ahead. Let's continue to support one another with hopeful empathy, courage, and resilience as we navigate the days ahead.
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