Southern Delaware Chorale COVID-19 Impact Statement

Southern Delaware Chorale
COVID-19 Impact Statement

The Southern Delaware Chorale has been a part of the Sussex County arts scene for over 30 years, providing quality choral performances to audiences of all ages. Like all choral organizations around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted our gathering ability to safely rehearse and perform the choral music we all love. By its very nature, choral singing is a social activity that requires large groups to gather in small spaces to sing in one voice. Unfortunately, studies continue to reveal the dangers of aerosol droplet emissions while singing.

One such study from Colorado State University says “performance artists are likely to display ‘forced-air breathing’ (more like sneezing and coughing) while they are singing.” Another study found that infectious aerosolized particles may be transmitted as far as 13 feet from the individual.

This has been a very difficult time for the entire Southern Delaware Chorale
organization. We suspended our activities in March, canceling all spring rehearsals and our May concert “Sounds of Silver Screen & Stage” slated for Sunday, May 3. As we have many singers who are senior citizens and many with pre-existing conditions, the Board of Directors and artistic staff have concluded that conditions remain unsafe for gathering in large numbers for rehearsals.

Because we care greatly for the health and well-being of our membership and our audiences, we have decided to cancel our previously-scheduled 2020 holiday season concert. We are basing all decisions on science and facts to protect all involved. At this time, we anticipate rehearsals starting up in January 2021 if it is deemed safe to do so by medical experts. January’s rehearsals will help us prepare for our next performance “Sounds of Silver Screen & Stage” in May 2021. Please visit for updates on that, and all other future

We thank all who have supported us in the past and continue to do so in the future. Please be safe, be kind, be well.

Dr. Colin Armstrong
Artistic Director & Conductor

Denise Adkins
SDC Board President

Spring Semester COVID-19 Update

Due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southern Delaware Chorale has had to terminate its spring semester. We will not be rehearsing on Tuesdays, and the concert scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2020, has been cancelled.

The Board of Directors is currently in talks about what – if anything – we will be doing in the fall, taking into consideration the health and welfare of our participants and our patrons. Rehearsals have not been scheduled for fall as yet; the future is just so unpredictable at this time.

Thank you to all the Patrons, Sponsors, Advertisers, and DDOA who have supported us in the past. We hope that we’ll all be back together as soon as is possible.

March 17th Rehearsal Canceled

In light of Governor Carney’s announcement of a State of Emergency and his closing schools for 2 weeks, SDC has decided to cancel the March 17 rehearsal at Georgetown Presbyterian. It’s St. Patrick”s Day; we can all celebrate – at home!

Stay tuned! We shall wait and see about the following rehearsal, March 24.

Radio Rehoboth Interview

Colin, our director, and Sandy, our president, were recently interviewed on Radio Rehoboth’s Daybreak program about the history and artistic contributions of the Southern Delaware Chorale.

G. F. Handel’s Messiah Presented December 2, 2018 in Delaware

– The Southern Delaware Chorale (SDC), under the direction of Dr. Colin Armstrong, will present a concert performance of G. F. Handel’s Messiah, with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and four professional soloists on Sunday, December 2, 2018. The group will begin heralding in the holidays at 3:00 p.m., Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Highway, Lewes, Delaware 19958.

Joining the choir, which consists of approximately 60 members, will be: Leah Inger, Soprano; Kasey Steward, Mezzo-Soprano; Jordan Schreiner, Tenor and Travis Lucas, Bass. SDC is excited about this new collaboration with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony. T.J. Thomas of Lewes will also be joining us on the Harpsichord. The symphony will be playing with the group in December, then, the Chorale will be joining MAS for their concerts in late April (Ocean City, Maryland and Wye Mills, Maryland. The group will be presenting the “Fourth Movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony” and a choral version of “Finlandia.”

Dr. Colin Armstrong, the Artistic Director and Conductor of the chorale, says that: “The singers of the Southern Delaware Chorale include multiple generations of experienced and inexperienced singers who are there to learn. It has been such a pleasure to work with an evolving team that is dedicated to making the organization thrive in our 21st century society.”

Dr. Armstrong is looking forward to welcoming more singers for the upcoming Black History Month concert on February 24, 2019 and the Spring performances with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and spring concert on May 5, 2019.

Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets for General Admission – $25.00 ($26.87 w/service fee) or Students, $10.00 ($11.34 w/service fee. Tickets are also available from any member of the chorale or at Puzzles in Lewes and BrowseaboutBooks in Rehoboth Beach.

The Southern Delaware is a non-profit organization which promotes choral music in Southern Delaware by bringing together local singers of all ages who share a mutual love of good music.