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Connection and Community

GALA choruses serve as family, faith community, support group and a primary social outlet for many of our singers. Here are creative ways that GALA choruses are connecting during Covid-19!

Skill Building Workshops
  • How to compose music or create a choral arrangement
  • Group voice lessons by section
  • Tips for learning intervals
  • Tips how to memorize music
  • Reading rhythms
  • Beginning score reading
  • Advanced levels of music reading
  • Teach dance steps for your next concert
  • Choral diction
  • Navigating the piano keyboard
  • Vocal warm-ups
  • ASL basics
  • Collaborate with/invite in other choirs to join your virtual rehearsal
  • Guest directors or videos to lead warmups
  • Internal multi-track contest (part of a song, original work, collaborative or individual)
  • Sing along with YouTube: Sound of Music
Community Engagement
  • Service projects (like mask making), donation drives
  • Host a public sing-along event: Seattle Window Sing-Along, Minnesota Bring the Sing HOME
  • Post Videos from former performances
  • Virtual Choirs/Collaborations
  • Singing Telegrams
  • Individuals singers perform a song outside the window of elders or individuals who are sick
  • Promote questions for public engagement:
    • What is your stay at home sound-track?
    • What songs are on your feel-good playlist?
    • What themes might our chorus address in performance post-Covid?
Social Events
  • Chorus Poetry Slam via Zoom
  • Teach cute handwashing songs
  • Use Zoom breakout rooms for smaller group sharing
  • Create a Virtual Choir – see GALA’s how to
  • Create a buddy system for chorus members who would like regular support and check-in via phone or email
  • Board games night via virtual game apps
  • Host a dance party
  • Musical scavenger hunt
  • Virtual Idol and Sing-off between choir members
  • Pet Drag Show or Pet Talent Night
  • Book club
  • Virtual house tours
  • Hollywood Squares via Zoom with singing couples as contestants
  • Trivia competition
  • Pictionary
  • Zoom Coffee with the Artistic Director
  • Movie watch parties
  • Surprise guests appear at your Zoom gathering: former conductors, guest artists
  • Post your favorite memories/pictures from the last year (social media or email)
  • Happy Hour/Tea Time with chorus sections
  • Post Virtual Rehearsal social hang out (BYO everything)
  • Fact Quiz (spotlight on individuals – can be a game like two truths and a lie)
  • Social Media get to know you quizzes (internal/private group pages)
  • Watch Party of former chorus performances
  • Watch party of other chorus performances
  • Themes for virtual rehearsals: silly hats, color days, pajama day, etc
  • Use "breakout rooms" if group is large for social time/check ins

Got a creative idea from your chorus? Email GALA’s 411 Artistic Advisor, artisticadvisor [at] (Kathleen Hansen).

New Harmony: Equality, Access, Belonging

Chorus on hiatus? This might be a great time to create some virtual chorus conversations around equality, access, and belonging. Check out the New Harmony workbook and resources.