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St. Simon takes choirs online amid pandemic

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Courtesy of Tamami Honma
St. Simon Catholic Parish’s children’s choir, Joyful Noise, meets online to work on music.

Singers at St. Simon Catholic Parish in Los Altos have found new ways to perform remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place orders, including video productions and Zoom rehearsals.

The church sponsors two choirs that meet online weekly. The adult choir practices Wednesday nights and Joyful Noise – the children’s choir for students in grades 2-8 – gathers Thursday afternoons.

The Zoom meetings include rehearsals that can last 45-60 minutes. Meetings may also include online games.

“We didn’t want to just have rehearsals to get better as singers,” choir director Tamami Honma said. “The whole purpose was that we wanted to stay together as a community and to raise our voices together.”

Singers submit individual audio files and use a piano accompaniment track to stay on time, according to Honma. Producers Jurgen Krehnke, Jenn Perkins and Julian Brown are involved in the post-production process, which includes syncing audio files and the accompaniment. They also put together the music videos.

Currently, the singers are working on the song “My Country ’Tis of Thee.”

The videos are available to the wider community on the YouTube channels “Tamami Honma” and “St. Simon’s Presentations.”

For more information on the choirs, visit stsimon.org.

 

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