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March 14, 2020
Dear Fellow Singers,

As you are undoubtedly aware, the coronavirus or CoVid-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The disease is serious: it has an estimated case fatality rate of about 1%, it sheds virus during the incubation period (making it easier to catch) and leads to serious complications in 20% of cases. Additionally, mortality increases with age, especially for those of us over 60.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., (Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institute of Health) has stated that the situation will get worse before it gets better and that this disease causes 10 times as many deaths as the seasonal flu (testimony to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 3/11/2020).

Dr. Fauci (and indeed the vast majority of health care professionals) believe that we are in the community transmission phase, where people, infected with the virus but do not yet exhibit symptoms, can infect others. They advise that large groups should not meet to minimize the rate of infection. Other countries have done this with success and the US has done this with other diseases.

Gov. Baker declared a State of Emergency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. President Trump declared a National Emergency. Locally, some schools have closed (including Ash-West, Gardner, Fitchburg, Leominster & Winchendon Public Schools), colleges are transitioning to remote learning and MWCC has cancelled all events including TAM. All these closings are attempting to provide social distance so that we do not get sick. Reluctantly, we should do the same.

Therefore, the Board has decided that we will suspend rehearsals for the Greater Gardner Community Choir until it is deemed safe to gather once again and sing with our music "family".

We, your Board, are heart-broken that we need to do this. But, at the end of the day, we would rather all of you be with us to sing in the future than rehearse and get anyone sick. Is it an abundance of caution? Maybe. There are local cases and we’d rather be safe. Sorry in this case is not welcome.

Hopefully, this will be a tempest in a tea cup. Look at your music. Listen to the music on YouTube. We will be together to make music again soon!

Sincerely,

Diane Cushing, Artistic Director

Dave Schlier, President

Greater Gardner Community Choir



To be Revisited after COVID

Future Spring Season Music

Song of Songs by Patrick Hawes (with harp)

All is Found arr. Mark Brymer

Why We Sing by Greg Gilpin

I Believe by Mark A. Miller

My Gentle Harp arr. Alice Parker (with harp)

Ave Verum Corpus arr. Johann Muller

Homeward Bound arr. McKay Crockett

The Lake Isle of Innisfree arr. Amy Stephen

Wake Up My Spirit by J.A.C. Redford

Brother, Do Not Weep arr. Seth Houston

Down By The Riverside arr. John Rutter

Swingin' With the Saints arr. Mark Hayes