In-person choir rehearsals take place at NMU

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Music to your ears… The choirs from the University of Northern Michigan met and rehearsed in person last month, and NMU choir director Erin Colwitz couldn’t to be happier.

“Just hearing their voices in person and hearing them sing in harmony again is definitely good for the soul. I think it’s good for everyone.

And to ensure in-person rehearsals continue, choirs are required to wear masks at all times, but the department has purchased special singer masks to ensure students sing to the best of their ability.

“Basically the singer’s masks give them a little extra space in front of their mouth so they don’t inhale tissue when they breathe, and it gives them a little extra space for resistance,” he said. she declared.

And to follow state guidelines and keep students safe, NMU has gone beyond masks and social distancing.

“We’ve kind of changed the way we filter that air. So this air is released outside every 15 to 30 minutes, ”she said.

And NMU freshman Sophie Shrauger said she’s excited for everyone to see what the choirs have in store.

“This semester I’m really looking forward to performing with everyone – especially in my major in particular. I really can’t wait for everyone to see what the NMU choirs have to offer, especially in this crazy time we live in, ”said Shrauger.

And the Reynolds Recital Hall, which once could accommodate up to 300 people, can now only accommodate 61 after social distancing protocols.

“Everyone is 6 feet apart; all chairs are marked with their seats and which seats they cannot sit on and in which seats they can sit. They have allocated seats so they know where to go each day, ”Colwitz said.

And Colwitz is just happy to be back.

“It’s amazing to sing again. We haven’t had live music for 6 months. Which, as a musician, is kind of like taking your breath away. “

Colwitz said the choirs are currently working on performance videos and live broadcasts that will replace the in-person concerts.

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