“I heard a bird sing in the dark of December. A magical thing. And sweet to remember. We are nearer to Spring than we were in September. I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.” ― Oliver Herford
December is upon us, and with it, the final turn of the year, towards the possibilities of 2021, and, most importantly for me, towards the returning warmth.
Usually, this time of the year is filled with the plans of holiday celebrations with family and friends. This year, many of those plans will shift and change, towards virtual gatherings hosted on many different platforms and with many different configurations. Age of Majority Singers wishes all of our members, their families and their friends a warm, safe and love-filled holiday season. We extend our thanks to our members for their commitment and patience during this tumultuous year, and our appreciation for their dedication to continuing to sing, together but apart.
With this in mind, we are excited to state that our first virtual choir season will be ready to launch in the New Year! We encourage you to invite your friends, family and neighbours, to sing with us, in their homes, as our Artistic Director will lead the group through some warm ups, vocal exercises and raising our voices in song, even though we remain apart.
In order to help us facilitate these voice building sessions, we will be asking participants to provide a small fee for us to be able to provide the platform and technology to bring our sessions to life. If you are unable to join us for the season, but still wish to give, or have folks in your network who are hoping to help an arts organization remain resilient, they can help by donating here.
May this season be both merry and bright, and may the new year be full of joyful noise.
- Jessica Flood, AOMS Secretary
A Note From our Artistic Director, Megan
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?”
The traditional song heard around the world on New Year’s Eve, “Auld Lang Syne”, reminds me of the important role that casual acquaintances have in my life. During the pandemic, many of us have been deprived of our ‘weak-tie’ friendships, like those we may experience in choir. This BBC article describes how our interactions with casual acquaintances can bring us new information, new opportunities, spark creativity, and give us a greater sense of happiness and belonging. Choir is not the same when it’s online, that’s for sure, but AOMS is making an effort to stay connected in this way so that people can still maintain a sense of belonging and share their joy of making music, albeit a different way of doing so. As the holiday season and the new year approaches, let’s “take a cup o’ kindness yet” and raise it to our health, happiness, and to each other - our old choir acquaintances. Whether we encounter each other intentionally in virtual singing opportunities, or by chance in the community, I look forward to the next time I’m fortunate enough to see you again. Sending love and light to you all.
Take a moment to learn some more about the Ojibwe' People's history, outside of what we are able to cover in our AOMS sessions in the video above.