COVID-19:

VIVA's Safety Policy

Updated as of September 3, 2020

The artistic and administrative staff of VIVA Singers Toronto is prepared to engage our 2020 - 2021 season partially or fully online, as directed by Toronto Public Health.  While choral education and performance is what we love and do best, we are ready to engage with our singers remotely using a variety of resources to engage in distance learning during our next season.   
 
Please note that this policy will be implemented and enacted in accordance with any and all guidelines for health and safety as outlined by Toronto Public Health and Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre.  It is a priority of VIVA Singers Toronto to return to ‘in person’ choral rehearsal and instruction as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
 
These resources include a variety of tech tools, educational approaches and virtual platforms which support our core values.

Remote rehearsal activity summary during 20/21 season

 

As VIVA conductors remain committed to our core values, we will use the following resources to continue our artistic work together during times of at-home learning.  A detailed plan for each choir is now available for next season's 'at home rehearsals'.  Interested choristers and families may request these documents upon booking an assessment or an audition.

 

  • Chorister Corner of our new website www.vivasingerstoronto.com will be a password protected resource with capacity for age-appropriate activities, sing-along songs, chorister interaction with conductors and with each other, accompaniments and sound files, and much more.

 

  • ZOOM or a similar video conferencing tool will be used as needed to supplement our resources for rehearsal, theory lessons, and individual chorister interaction.

 

  • COVID pre-arranged and distributed at-home learning packages which remain at home for all VIVA choirs, will be used during distance rehearsals.

 

  • Chorister Creation will continue to be a priority: Children in Prep. Chorus and the Junior Chorus will engage in online Orff activities.  Main choristers will use Soundtrap and other online platforms for song-writing and arranging.

 

  • Opportunities will be provided for small group rehearsals and performances.

  • Special interactive virtual sessions with guest artists will be presented - a superb opportunity for chorister growth.  Special guest artists include:

    • Musical Creation & Digital Literacy with Lloyd McArton

    • Singer’s Yoga & the Breath with Chelsea Shanoff

    • Choreography with Adam Mason

    • Vocal Technique & The Changing Voice with Adrianne Pieczonka

    • Choral Composition & Arranging with Alex Eddington

    • Spoken Word with Britta Badour

  • In addition to our guest artists, we also have exciting partnerships planned with:
    • The Awesome Music Project​
    • Elmer Iseler Singers
    • St. Clair O'Connor Retirement Home

NOTE: Our Fall Performing Arts Camp, 2020 has been postponed. Artistic and administrative staff are seeking other options for chorister engagement, enrichment and immersion during the 2020-2021 season.