2020-21 Honor Choir Season
After two months of discernment seeking responses from multiple levels of ACDA-MN leadership related to the future of our current Honor Choir season, it is apparent that the continuing Covid-related disruption and uncertainty related to the remaining academic year is having a profound impact upon our Honor Choir program. In addition, it is likely that the audition time frame set to begin in January and conclude in mid-February, could still land within the distance learning modes of many school districts this winter, making it extremely difficult for teachers to recruit and support students in the on-line audition process. All potential levels of an honor choir experience were studied and rejected for these reasons:
In-Person Honor Choir – The rehearsal and performance facilities at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church are no longer available in May of 2021 for any size performing group due to the continuing expected closure of the campus, and/or the increased sanitizing and cleaning of the facilities.
Virtual Honor Choir – The projected production expenses to feature one or two virtual pieces rival those of a traditional in-person honor choir event, making it financially not practical for our students and their families. In addition, the amount of additional time to support students and their parents in a virtual environment, would fall upon our ACDA-MN member teachers, who already have their teaching plates full to the brim with distance and hybrid learning modes.
Dates have now been selected for the 2021-22 Honor Choir season as follows:
- 7-8: November 20, 2021 (State Conference weekend)
- 9-10: February 17, 2022 (MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic)
- 4-5-6: April 23, 2022
- 7-8: May 7, 2022 (alternate spring date if needed)
- 9-10: May 14, 2022 (alternate spring date if needed)
We thank our ACDA-MN leadership teams for their careful consideration, and our ACDA-MN membership as you support these challenging decisions.
Bruce W. Becker
ACDA of Minnesota
13288 Downey Trail
Apple Valley MN 55124