This past Monday should have been the first University Chorus rehearsal of the semester.
As I have written about previously, a change in the choral program at Binghamton has resulted in the University Chorus being re-cast as an adjunct to the program, with community members being called in only when there is a large work programmed that needs supplemental singers.
On Monday, instead of being at rehearsal, I and three other long-time members met for dinner to commiserate. One of us does still have a group with which to sing for the winter/spring, but I and the other two are without a regular choral group for the first time in decades. This was my 36th year with University Chorus and the other two, who met and married as UC members, had sung with the group even longer.
We talked about current events and politics, our families and health challenges, and, of course, music and choral singing.
We can’t do anything about not having Monday night rehearsals together, but we will try to stay in contact over these months until University Chorus (we hope) re-convenes for the fall semester.
And maybe schedule a few more Monday night dinners…
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