VERNON CHORALE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President
Cynthia Trenholm

Vice President
Jeanne Allie

Secretary
Caragh O'Brien

Treasurer
Bruce Jones

Board Members
James Burr
Kate Adams
Liz Whiteley
Julie Bezanson

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

What a summer! As you can imagine, VC has joined the rest of the world’s arts organizations mourning the loss of performances, wrestling with how to keep singers safe, and adjusting plans for upcoming seasons. I’m here to let you know that The Vernon Chorale is still here and still singing! Our dedicated board of directors has been diligently working on how to continue to serve our members and community during our 40th anniversary season and through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In July, with the help from a couple tech-proficient VC members, we produced our own Virtual Choir performance singing a piece slated for this past April’s concert. We posted the video on our websiteFacebook page, and sent a link to a local community newsletter and the Vernon Arts Commission. Singers who participated reported that individually recording themselves then watching the whole group perform in the final product was rewarding and worthwhile.  Our family, friends, and fans who viewed the video were happy to see the Chorale singing together again.  Because of the enthusiastic response we decided that our upcoming fall semester would be a virtual one.

While unable to execute our celebratory concert season as originally planned, be assured The Vernon Chorale remains committed to its mission. Our goal for fall is to record three pieces (after rehearsing on Zoom) to share with the community. We have also contracted with professional recording engineers who specialize in creating virtual singing videos. Our first piece is scheduled to be posted on the web mid-October. So stay tuned! Our spring plans are understandably in flux. If a live concert is not an option we are exploring ideas which include inviting alumni to join us virtually or holding a Sidewalk Concert.

Friends, your continuous support over the years has not only been instrumental in allowing us to bring you high quality performances, it reflects the appreciation you of what VC offers the community, and that is inspiring!  Even with our modified season, be assured we look forward to creatively bringing great choral music to the area and beyond! Your support during these uncertain times will significantly help keep our mission possible not only for this season, it will be critical to plan for next season.

The best way to say, “Yes! Keep doing what you’re doing VC!”  is by participating in a challenge put forth by one of our supporters (details here). Any contributions made between October 1st - 30th will be doubled. Please help to ensure that quality choral music in Vernon and surrounding towns continues to thrive!
Cynthia Trenholm - President, Board of Directors