Dear Troubadours:

I have decided to move forward with returning to in-person (Badger Meeting House, or BMH) ensemble rehearsals on Friday,  October 16. I am also offering a concurrent ONLINE (Livestream) option for families who cannot meet or are uncomfortable with meeting in person.

The following Improvements and Changes have been made to the BMH:

  • Installation of high-quality filters in the air system in the upstairs choir room sanctuary.  Fans will run continuously, circulating the air in the room multiple times an hour.

  • Installation of vents and a temperature-controlled fresh-air exchange in band room, nursery, and rest rooms downstairs.  Fresh air will circulate and turn over multiple times an hour

  • A rotation of cleaning throughout the day

  • The addition of live-feed cameras upstairs and downstairs to offer an online option for families (either full- time participants or if a family member is sick/is not comfortable with in-person at any point in the semester)

  • The drinking fountain will not be available for use (please bring water bottles marked with student’s name)

  • A new fence has been installed around the back yard of the BMH to address safety concerns and encourage outdoor socialization.

Other In-Person (BMH) Considerations/Changes:

  • Mask wearing will follow state/local mandates (brass/woodwind players will not be required to wear a mask while actively playing their instruments). If mandates are not in place, families are free to decide their own comfort-level for choir, and when not playing an instrument.

  • To the greatest extent possible, parents are to drop-off/pick-up to limit number of people in the building

  • If the weather is acceptable, please socialize outdoors (safely, and with respect to the property and neighborhood). Parents, please assist in supervising children.  If another parent is assisting in supervising students, please tell your children to be respectful to the adults on campus.

  • Music folders for each student in each ensemble have been distributed to avoid the hand-out/collection situation. I will need parents’ assistance in helping students care for and remember their folders

  • Accompaniment recordings/music pdfs will be available for all choir students (online & in-person) for at-home practice

Online (Livestream) Considerations:

  • Keep in mind that the ONLINE (Livestream) will not be interactive like Zoom. It will be dependent upon the student participating along with our rehearsal (similar to livestream church services and the like)

  • Students are just as much a part of the ensemble as BMH students, and will need to learn their music along with their ensembles.

  • Accompaniment recordings/music pdfs will be available for all choir students (BMH & ONLINE) for at-home practice

  • At this time, recordings of rehearsals will be made available via the Livestream Zoom link in the right hand margin.

Additional Considerations:

  • All families who are to attend BMH at any time must agree to the Health Safety Rules

  • Students who have registered for the ONLINE option can attend BMH, if they decide to do so at any time in the semester

  • Students who have registered for BMH can attend using ONLINE, if they decide to do so at any time in the semester

  • All BMH families understand that attendance is subject to changes in state or local laws or ordinances, or at the discretion of the Director.

  • In the event the Valley Troubadours can no longer meet at the BMH, all rehearsals will move to Zoom Meeting (like the end of last semester).

  • Please understand that I cannot, at this time, plan for an in-person Christmas concert as in past years. We may be able to be creative with recording and/or broadcasting one, if an in-person concert is not possible

  • Semester fees are non-refundable.

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