State College Choral Society
The State College Choral Society is thankful to be able to meet again in the fall of 2021. In order to protect the health and safety of our members, staff, and audiences, we are requiring all members and staff to be fully vaccinated, and to provide evidence of their vaccinations, before returning to in-person rehearsals and performances.
We have come to this decision after considerable discussion and after reviewing information from medical experts and performing arts management organizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, particularly severe disease, and that they greatly reduce the risk of spreading the disease to others. The CDC has also stated that singing indoors is safe for fully vaccinated people. Under U.S. law, in most cases, choruses may require volunteers and staff to be vaccinated.
Therefore, the SCCS is asking all returning singers and staff to provide proof of vaccination before resuming rehearsals in September. People are considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
To provide proof of vaccination, you may send a photo or scan of your CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card to this secure, dedicated email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you prefer, you may show your card to General Manager, Tom Penkala at the music and registration night on August 30. This information will be kept in confidence and will not be shared with any other organization.
Current Rehearsal Protocols (updated 8/24/2021)
We are so looking forward to making music again this fall. As we approach our first meeting, we’d like to share with you our current protocols for rehearsals during this time of Covid.
As you know, all returning members must be verifiably vaccinated.
Because of the uncertain nature of the pandemic, we will make a decision regarding masking during rehearsals on the Friday before we reconvene and will let the members know via e-mail. (We will revisit these considerations before each successive rehearsal.) Be prepared to bring and wear a mask at each rehearsal.
Singers will be distanced to the extent possible given musical needs and the room’s layout.
Rehearsals will have brief breaks every 30 minutes to clear the air, during which time all singers will exit the room. Please return promptly from these breaks!
We are fortunate to be rehearsing in a modern, large, and high-ceilinged sanctuary. Oakwood Church has boosted its airflow according to CDC advice and they estimate that the air in the room is replaced with fresh outside air every 15 to 20 minutes.
Symptoms of illness or Covid exposure
It’s common sense, but worth saying: Singers should not attend rehearsals if they have even the slightest symptoms of any illness, if they have been in contact with someone with Covid-19, or have otherwise been in higher-risk situations. In these cases, please refer to Pennsylvania state health guidelines (https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx) for the length of time you must stay isolated following illness, exposure, and positive or negative test results.
These procedures may change depending upon the situation at rehearsal time and advice from health authorities. If so, we’ll let you know by the weekend before the Monday rehearsal via e-mails from Chorus Connection.
State College Choral Society Board of Directors