Return to rehearsals – Term 3 2020

Dear YAV Community

We are delighted to announce that with the easing of restrictions in SA we are able to return all choirs to face to face rehearsals from next term at YAV.

In order to comply with our SA Health/Gov Covid-Safe Plan we have had to make a few amendments to our usual rehearsal evenings, and we would very much appreciate your support in following our new processes while we are still social distancing.

Please read through the following information and contact me by email if you have any questions:

Points to note:

  • Come and Try will take place for Junior and Intermediate Choirs on Wednesdays in term 3. Bring your friends along but please make sure they preregister: Come and Try YAV
  • There will be no set toilet breaks in rehearsals, access to the toilets will be on a needs basis
  • Chairs will be wiped before and after each rehearsal. 1CC, MVG and Aurora will be required to wipe their own chairs before putting away

Before Rehearsals:

  • No food to be brought to rehearsals
  • Please bring your own small, named pencil case with a pencil, eraser and sharpener
  • Bring a filled water bottle
  • Bring your music folder
  • Email any general enquiries regarding membership or fees rather than coming in. The office will be closed as it is too small for social distancing, but Anthea will still be on hand as Choir Co-ordinator to support the groups

Arrival at Rehearsals:

  • Please don’t arrive too early for rehearsals
  • Do not drive into the car park. Access on foot from Little Grenfell St, Fullarton Road or Grenfell St.
  • Drop off: Back Hall –usual main door beside the office. Front Hall –door facing on to Fullarton Road
  • Everyone entering building must sanitize hands. Sanitizer will be provided by YAV
  • We are required to keep a register of everyone in the building, including parents if you need to come in
  • No choristers hugging each other please! As much as you may have missed your friends, please maintain your social distance at rehearsals  

During Rehearsals

  • Choristers will be asked to spread out and younger choirs will play non touching musical games
  • Choristers will remain seated as much as possible
  • No breaks in rehearsals – no food to be consumed. Water bottles will not be able to be refilled
  • No items are to be shared including water bottles, stationery, music

Departure from Rehearsals:

  • Please do not arrive too early for pick up and send someone else if you are at all unwell
  • Pick up from designated areas. Back hall in breezeway between church and halls, Front hall in front of church next to Fullarton Road
  • Adults picking up must remain socially distant, 1.5m apart
  • Choristers departing will sanitize their hands

We are very aware that there are a lot of instructions and some changes to take on board, but we are sure that once we get going it will all happen smoothly with your assistance. Staff and choir guardians will be on hand to support the choristers. The adjustments that we have to make are worth it for our choristers to benefit from the happiness and healing that comes with singing together.  

From Beyond Blue:
Singing at the top of your voice whether in the shower, in the car, or at a gig, has the power to release sheer, unbridled joy. Singing in harmony with other people however takes things to another level.

Not only does singing with others make us feel good, it’s incredibly beneficial for our health, too. Neuroscience indicates that it makes us happier, healthier, smarter and more creative. And by increasing the brain’s neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change continuously throughout an individual’s life), it can also improve memory, language and concentration.

In terms of mental health, research shows that singing collectively can decrease symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression. The social bonding experienced while singing with other people triggers ‘feel-good’ hormones such as endorphins and oxytocin, which in turn boost our sense of wellbeing – as well as our immune systems.  

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If you have any questions, please contact me:

We very much look forward to welcoming our choristers back from week 1 next term! Enjoy the holidays and stay safe in the meanwhile.

Kind regards

Tracy Shepherd
YAV Manager

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