So, life has certainly been interesting for this musical educator! Once the COVID-19 situation began to develop, I joined the ranks of musical professionals who's income streams were stopping overnight. I had to immediately stop all face to face private music tuition and choir work - at a cost of about $650 per week. Ouch!
I then got straight onto investigating Zoom as a means of conducting my business online. I tried an online class with my choir Men Wot Sing and we managed a successful rehearsal ... despite the frustration around the annoying time lag that the online platform seems to give. At the end of the session, we all agreed it was great to have a sing, and hang out online together. At the conclusion of the session, I felt a glimmer of hope in the financial department - maybe I wouldn't lose ALL my sole-trader income after all.
When we sing together, I need to mute everybody so that we can all sing along to the previously recorded audio track without the terrible lag that the online platform provides. If I don't mute everybody, we end up sounding like a barn full of farm animals … And we are not used to sounding like that! So ... Awesome Voices seems to be hanging in there as well!
Sadly, my newest choir, Awesome Voices - Evans Head, has not had enough momentum to continue running. The group was very new - only about 6 weeks old - and didn't have enough singers on board to keep going through this time. I will contact everyone again when it looks like we might be able to start singing together again and see how we're all placed ... until then, I wish all my Awesome Voices Evans Head crew safety and excellent health! see how