A New Choral Work To Celebrate The End Of COVID

by Ryan Noakes

A New Choral Work To Celebrate The End Of COVID

Ryan Noakes  February 8, 2021 at 7:57 pm

A few people have heard me muse about this before, but I think the time has come for me to spread this far and wide. I want see a giant mass choir concert to celebrate when COVID is over and we can actually have activities like giant mass choir concerts again. And I want to write a new piece for this event, but I need the help of Kamloops choir singers.

As many, many others have, I devised a nerdy means of using COVID 19 as a pitch generator. It just needs a text, and this is where the Kamloops choir scene comes in to play. The piece is going to be in 2 sections/chunks/bits/parts/movements/whatever-I-end-up-calling-it. First, the darkness of the pandemic effectively shutting down choir singing (along with many other things. Second, the glorious return of the light (aka choirs coming back to singing).

What am I looking for?

What I’m looking for is local choir singers to write two things. 1) A short text describing how the pandemic shutting everything down affected them. 2) A short text detailing what singing in choir means to them. These can be written in point form, rhyming couplets, sonnets, prose, whatever. The only restriction is length: No more than 100 words. (I’m optimistically assuming I’ll get several submissions and don’t want to have this turn into a 30 minute work.)

How to send in your texts

Now, hopefully at this point you’re asking yourself “How do I send you my texts?” Well, just click the button down below which will take you to a page with a form you can fill out.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 31.

Thanks in advance!
Stay safe, stay well, stay positive, and stay awesome!

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Ryan Noakes

Ryan Noakes was born in 1979 in Kamloops, British Columbia, where he grew up thinking life was a musical with his parents constantly playing and singing along with records. An accomplished singer, he has been a member of numerous choirs and vocal ensembles and performed in several musical theatre productions. Ryan received his BMus in composition from the University of Victoria in 2008. At UVic he was a two-time recipient of the Murray Adaskin Prize in Music Composition. Ryan also helped to establish two new vocal ensembles at the university. After graduating from UVic, he was instrumental in the creation of the Vancouver Island Chamber Choir; as a founding member, manager, and composer-in-residence. In 2010 Ryan relocated to Vancouver and received his MMus in composition from the University of British Columbia in 2012. He has recently returned to his home town of Kamloops.

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