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Here’s some stuff you may want to know…

To say that today’s concert has been a complicated endeavor would be a gross understatement! Here are a few of the variables at play…

  • We’re off site at the Presbyterian Church. Worth it, but tricky
  • We have a new events manager for the School of Music, and policies have been changing daily. – SUPER tricky
  • Our sound guy, John Fredenburg, resigned a couple weeks ago. We’re using church staff to help with mics, but the concert WILL NOT be streamed. It is, however, being professionally recorded.
  • We’re combining with two other choirs which entails all sorts of logistics that involve moving choirs around
  • We thought we were going to have risers. We’re not going to have risers.
  • We thought we’d be selling tickets. THE CONCERT IS FREE!!! But donations are encouraged. :) (If someone already bought tickets, they will be compensated – somehow!)
  • We have a new program format that will be really great in the long-run, but the electronic version is really giving me fits at the moment. You can check it out here, but know that it’s a work in progress and likely will be until noon.
  • In short – this is our first full-tilt event since the pandemic, and we threw in a lot of other variables as well. I’m considering today to be a demo lesson for other future events. Translations: We’ll all need to roll with the punches.


All choirs are expected to arrive at First Presbyterian Church, in concert dress, by 1:00 pm.

Here’s the rehearsal schedule:

  • 1:00 pm – We all warm up together.
  • 1:15 pm – Combined Choirs rehearse “Silver Rain” with Arreon
  • 1:30 pm – Concert Choir has time to rehearse on stage
  • 1:50 pm – Schola has time to rehearse on stage
  • 2:10 pm – Resound has time to rehearse on stage
  • 2:30 pm – Hopefully, we’ll clear the house and open the doors.
  • 3:00 pm – CURTAIN. Anticipated running time about 1 hour, 20 minutes with no intermission

We don’t want choirs that smell good, we just want choirs that don’t smell!

Please do NOT where perfume or cologne as some folks have very strong reactions to such and can’t breath. But of course, you’re most welcome and encouraged to wear deodorant!


If walking up hill is not an issue for you, we encourage you to park down behind the fellowship hall and walk back up to the church. That keeps spaces open for our patrons. And just in case you’re not sure where you’re going, the address is: Newark First Presbyterian Church, 292 W. Main Street, Newark, DE.

If you’re walking from campus, you simply turn left at the Deer Park and walk up the hill (On Main Street – stay left at the tracks) about four blocks until you pass the nursing home. Church is on the right. I’d allow about 15 minutes to walk there from Amy E.

See you all soon. Looking forward to a great concert.



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