News – Voce minutes

Minutes Voce Meeting 12/1/22

Attending: Rob, Alison, Linda, Lee, Elspeth, Eileen, Marion

1). Finances: Rob presented financial records which were discussed and accepted. Rob indicated he will vacate the role of treasurer. Elspeth offered to take this role on and Rob will provide some assistance as we start the new year. (For the record, we thank Rob for the years of undertaking the treasurer responsibilities.)

2). COVID situation: It was agreed that under the current Qld Health guidelines singing in person is impractical and unwise. Indoor regulations require mask wearing; over a metre distance between people; and verification of full vaccination.

Therefore it was agreed that Choir Rehearsals will not begin in person until at least March.  Prior to the start of in-person rehearsals we will conduct a survey where we will ask people if you wish to return to rehearsals and what your vaccination status is (double vaccinated/booster). This will then be verified once with your green tick on your first return to choir. New choir members will need to verify their vaccination status at the door on their first rehearsal. We do not want to make this an intrusive or uncomfortable process for anyone, but it is a necessary health and safety precaution.

Fees: As there will be a late in-person start to the year, no fees will be required in first term. Those who pay yearly, will pay three quarters of the yearly amount. More details coming.

3) The GOOD NEWS – we intend getting started with music and singing for the year. When we do meet in person again – VOCE agreed for Morgan to arrange a student accompanist to work with us. Look for posts over the next few weeks.

 – Astrid has especially invited us Choirbolicals to her upcoming Couch Choir. It is a paid event $10 and will feature her own composition. See a separate post when it is launched.

– Morgan will be sending out music and tracks to get us started singing along to before we next meet. Expect a post by End of January 🙂

4)  20 Year Anniversary: We have had such lovely greetings and enthusiasm from all our past musical directors – Matt, Astrid, Carla, Margaret, and Tess, as well as James who kicked off Choirbolical with a workshop in Dec 2001 and Morgan who is our Musical Director in 2022.

Put this weekend celebration date into your diary – October 23rd /24th

All welcome to the first planning meeting on Tuesday February 1st – 7.30pm at DeMolay. We will discuss the involvement of past directors, venue, workshops, dinner, concert, as well as other events leading up to this end of year celebration. 

Stay safe and healthy,

Kind regards from VOCE

Welcome to 2022

Happy New Year – hope you have had a splendid festive season and you’re keeping well.
From a brief email around with a few VOCE folk it will be no surprise for you to hear that 2022 Choir rehearsals will not commence in January. Based on QHealth advice, a decision to delay till at least February seems prudent at which time we can reassess our start date. It is disappointing, but it is what it is. VOCE will meet this coming Wednesday 4.30-5.30 at the Queens Park Botanical gardens -near the cannon outdoors and bring a mask. We will do some preliminary planning for our 20 years celebration and discuss the situation. ALL Welcome.