By Brennan Seltzer
Art by Charlie LaMountain
Opening a window and hearing songs may seem like something from a fairy tale, but at St. Mary’s, this is a real-life occurrence.
Although there are many restrictions placed on singing due to the pandemic, choir classes this year still managed to sing to their hearts’ content, as Julie Millen, high school choir and Chamber Ensemble director, worked tirelessly to make this year just as exciting as the rest.
In order to follow safety guidelines, most singing has had to be done outside. The choir was initially unfamiliar with singing outdoors, but, by adapting, they can now stand at safe distances and sing without masks. When the weather did not permit the choir to sing outside, the group sang in the Rose Theater or focused on other skills like music theory and history.
As many choir events were being canceled earlier this year for safety reasons, Mrs. Millen became very creative and invented new ways for the choir to sing saying, “We haven't been able to do the usual concerts that we do every year, but we were able to do a carpool drive-through Christmas caroling in December which was fun.” The chamber ensemble also sang during a chapel in the gym. Performances may be rare, but they are strong.
Lilian Karnes (9), a member of the chamber ensemble, said, “I really enjoyed singing outside on the really pretty days, so hopefully that will continue.” Outdoor singing and the Christmas caroling drive-through are, in fact, here to stay. Mrs. Millen and the choir have discovered so many more possibilities
With the singing limitations, the choir did not expect to have any concerts or activities whatsoever this year. However, with the work that Mrs. Millen and the choir students have put in, everyone can enjoy the wonderful songs of the St. Mary’s choir and chamber ensemble by just popping outside.
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