We hope that you are safe and well. First, thank you for believing in our mission. We would not be here today without your investment in us. At this moment Seattle Choruses faces a coronavirus-based financial reality that includes canceled rehearsals, postponed concerts and events and uncertain contributed support. The challenges we face have tested us all. What we have found is that we are more resilient than we ever imagined. To what do we attribute our strength? The depth and breadth of connections among Seattle Men’s Chorus & Seattle Women’s Chorus members, donors and fans. We are a family that comes together to help one another! And there has never been a time like this to support our community.
When long-time Seattle Men’s Chorus member, Bob Brumfield's assisted living residence no longer allowed ANY visitors, fellow member Neil Hoyt asked singers to call him. Neil wrote, “Giving Bob more human contact, in the only way available at the moment, is what I'm asking for. You don't even have to know Bob to call him; he will happily talk to anyone, whether he has ever met you or not. I suggest talking about yourself or the outside world, more than trying to get him to talk much, as he may or may not be able to get the words out properly. Just smile and say "uh-huh," because the emotional connection is much more important than any verbal communication.”
When Washington State mandated social distancing, Seattle Women’s Chorus member Meisha Wangerin organized the first Virtual Dinner/Happy Hour via Zoom. Both Choruses are using technology to offer services like grocery shopping, running errands and dog walking to fellow members. We are sharing songs, videos, inspiration and laughs on Facebook. In honor of the wedding of an SMC member, the Upper Basses chipped in $1,000 to the Choruses in lieu of gifts for the couple. We ARE family. We care deeply for one another and we LOVE music, harmony, and singing together.
Now is the time for out-of-the-box thinking, ideas and virtual engagement. Now is the time to help one another however we can.
- Consider a monthly donation in any amount to help us sustain our cash flow for operations.
- Make a donation in honor of or in memory of someone, or as we have recently seen in celebration of a couple’s wedding.
- Contact a group of friends and challenge each other to pledge to meet a specific fundraising goal, e.g. “Together, let’s donate or raise from other friends a total of $1,000 or more.”
- Support the Choruses while you shop on Amazon and at Fred Meyer. Learn more.
- Ask your friends to donate $5, $10 or more to Seattle Choruses for every hour you take a news or Social Media break or invent your own creative challenge for fun!
We are looking forward. As Derrick Lowery, SMC member and ER physician, wrote on Facebook: “Paul's email [about beginning virtual rehearsals] is a step towards a return to the connections that we all share. It is a move towards living and thriving instead of cowering in fear. Having a plan in place to have SOMETHING to look forward to every week ... I have no words to express how grateful I am for this gift.”
He also beautifully wrote, “Music is the language of the divine, and the means to connect to a higher power. I look forward to that connection with you all soon.”
Stay safe, be well, stay strong! Together, we rise.
Karen J Lane Paul Caldwell
Executive Director Artistic Director