NSCE is working hard to adapt to the unique challenges COVID presents for performing arts groups and all of us. While making music together and performing in person have always been the group’s raison d’etre, our instructors have excelled at creating fun and engaging online learning environments and opportunities for social interaction for the youth we serve during this critical time.
COVID Safety Protocol:
We’re proud to have restarted safe in-person rehearsals in September 2020, guided by evidence-based COVID safety protocols including:
- Mandatory mask wearing
- Frequent hand washing and sanitizing
- Ample space for physical distancing
- Weekly health questionnaires
- Rigorous attendance tracking
We continue to take every precaution to keep our musical community healthy and safe. In response to changing circumstances, NSCE may again transition to an online format in compliance with public health directives. Last spring, our instructors rapidly adapted to an online learning format, proving that they know what it takes to create opportunities for small group playing, practicing and sharing new arrangements, collaborating through online performances, and keeping youth interested and engaged.
One of the surprising benefits of COVID has been having increased access to highly skilled and accomplished teachers and tutorials online. One example of this is the free tutorials offered by one of NSCE’s Musical Directors, Gabriel Dubreuil. (Gabe’s tutorials on YouTube)
Collaborations and Partnerships
NSCE has always valued connecting people of all ages and cultures through music. Historically, we have frequently performed in seniors’ residences and other local public venues. Sadly, these live performances have not been possible in recent months. While we were permitted to perform outside, we offered small outdoor concerts for seniors’ homes at which residents could view and listen to the musicians at a safe distance.
Currently, we are very excited about our UPLIFT series, multigenerational collaborations with seniors’ residences that celebrate the spirit and resilience of our community’s seniors and youth. These unique musical offerings will include prerecorded stories, songs and music performed by seniors, and musical contributions by NSCE youth. Uplift concerts will offer a unique, inspiring collage of music and connection in the form of streamed events for the NSCE community, local business partners, seniors’ residences, and the involved seniors and their families.