2021-2022 AD CAMPAIGN

SOUTHERN DELAWARE CHORALE

Dear Supporters and Sponsors

The Chorale is a group of local singers who provide a very high quality of chorale music for the cultural pleasure and edification of our audience and ourselves.  Over the years we have performed numerous classical and high quality choral productions.   Our plans for this year include performing a concert titled “Sing Joyfully” on December 5, a spiritual concert “A Choral Tapestry” on February 27, and a spring concert on May 1.  

We are facing a challenging year regrouping our membership and recovering financially after being inactive for a year due to the Covid pandemic.   Operating the chorus, at the high level that we strive for, requires a very significant financial budget.   Our major expenses are an Artistic Director, Assistant Director/Accompanist, music, concert venue, rehearsal hall, advertising, music, programs, musicians and sometimes professional soloists, plus many miscellaneous expenses.   Our sources of income are a grant from Delaware Division of the Arts, member’s dues, ticket sales, and solicitation of Ads and Donations. 

We are very proud of our Lee Mitchell program, which is a foundation set up to bring in local high school singers to join us in the chorus and receive private voice lessons.  Our regrouping efforts include continuing the program for this year.   We occasionally also invite local high school choirs to perform at our concerts.

Again, this year, we appeal to you for the financial support that we need to allow the chorale to successfully fund its expenses.  You have opportunity to designate your funds to either the general fund, or the Lee Mitchell fund.   Please complete the attached order form to either place an Ad in our concert program or make a financial donation.

Your generous financial support is an essential part of the funding that permits us to provide this art form to the southern Delaware community.   Any support that you can give us will be greatly appreciated

Also, by all means, please plan to attend our concerts.   


COVID-19 Guidelines for Reassembling

Southern Delaware Chorale
COVID-19 Guidelines for Reassembling

The Southern Delaware Choral had to suspend all activities in March, 2020,
cancelling all spring rehearsals and spring concert due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since choral singing is a social activity that requires large groups to gather in small places to sing, it was dangerous to gather until a vaccine was produced. Now that many people have access and are able to get the COVID-19 vaccine, groups are now able to reconvene in a safer environment.

CDC data reveals that COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control. It also suggests that COVID-19 vaccines offer protection against most SARS-Cov-2 variants such as the Delta Variant.
The Delaware Division of the Arts is not maintaining guidance on vaccines for organizations reconvening. Therefore, based on current CDC data, the precedence of other groups, such as the Chester River Chorale, Epworth Choir, Delaware Winds, and Temple University Choirs, the Board of Directors and Artistic Staff have concluded that all members must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination when we reconvene on Tuesday, 8/31/21. You will not need to wear a mask. If you are not vaccinated due to a medical or religious reason, you must wear a mask and provide documentation of weekly negative COVID-19 test results. We will continue to focus on the science, current statistics and CDC guidelines and adjust our mandates accordingly.

We greatly care for all of you and want to keep us safe and healthy. If we all do our part, we will not only be protecting  ourselves, but we will be protecting others and their families. Looking forward to reconvening on 8/31/21! Bring your proof of vaccination!

Dr. Colin Armstrong, Artistic Director
Denise Adkins, President


Summer Sing!

The Southern Delaware Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Colin Armstrong with accompanist and Assistant Director Sarah Rose presented a 30-minute free concert entitled, “A Summer Sing” on Sunday, June 6th at 3 pm at Crossroads Community Church. Selections included songs from Broadway and film music to the delight of the audience.

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. This division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.


Southern Delaware Chorale Presents “A Summer Sing”

The Southern Delaware Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Colin Armstrong with accompanist and Assistant Director Sarah Rose, will be presenting a 30-minute free concert entitled, “A Summer Sing” on Sunday, June 6 th at 3 pm at Crossroads Community Church, 20684 State Forest Road, Georgetown, Delaware. Selections will include songs from ‘Silver Screen and Stage,’ that include Broadway and film music.


Due to COVID-19, the Southern Delaware Chorale suspended all activities in March of 2020, along with every other choir around the world. They finally began ZOOM rehearsals in January and began in-person, masked and distanced small group sectionals March 30. Because most members became vaccinated, the group began full socially-distanced, masked rehearsals at Crossroads Community Church April 27.


The Southern Delaware Chorale is delighted to finally come together in a limited and safe way to share the joy that is choral singing. For the safety of all during the June 6 event, masks must be worn by the audience, and social distancing will be adhered to. The singers, Artistic Director and accompanist will also be wearing masks and socially distanced.
We hope that you will be able to join us for this joyful celebration of singing.

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. This division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.


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 www.southerndelawarechorale.org for updates on that, and all other future
events.

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