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Welcome back to the land of Zoom.  Hopefully this will be a one week return and that no other chorus members test positive. If you did not receive the email containing information about Brette and her positive covid test, it is copied below.  I have some degree of confidence that with our mask requirement and spacing, we will be fine, but we need to err on the side of caution.  We all send good vibes to Brette.

I’ve been waiting all summer for September to come so that we can start my “secret” song and add another new show song as well.  So we’re going to do that even though we will be on Zoom.

Please download a copy of “lullaby of the leaves” and “You’ve got a friend”.  They are on our website, thanks to Emily.

 Both are beautiful songs and will be fun and challenging to work on.  We made great progress learning songs on Zoom last year so I expect the same with these.  Hopefully, we will be back together in person very soon.  Our new reality means we need to find ways to work around this virus.  Vaccinating, masking, distancing and testing.  Our new normal. 

It will be fun on Thursday and you will love these new songs.  

Here is a website for singers masks that are affordable and have gotten good reviews.


“Brette Fiedelman informed us that she tested positive for Covid on Saturday.  She MAY have been positive at Thursday’s rehearsal.  The precautions we have taken-(masks, distancing) at our in-person rehearsals reduce the likelihood that any of us might have been infected. Per CDC guidelines (see below), you may choose to be tested 3-5 days after possible exposure.  That would be Monday – Wednesday. There are numerous testing sites in the area, some are walk-in, some require appointments and/or referrals.  You might want to check with your health care provider (North Shore University Health System, for example, offers walk-in testing at their immediate care locations).

Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided that this week’s rehearsal will be on Zoom, not at St. John’s.  We will revisit this on a weekly basis. 

We send our good wishes to Brette, and our thanks for promptly informing us of her test results. Please contact one of us if you have questions or concerns.

–Helen and Alice


CDC guidelines re testing:

  • Fully vaccinated people should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not need to get tested following an exposure as long as they do not develop new symptoms.