Choir rehearsals are going swimmingly at Luther College in Decorah, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like everything else, the college shut down in mid-March, but music instructor Mark Potvin, who conducts the Norskkor of freshman and sophomore men and the Cathedral Choir of sophomore men and women, continued some virtual rehearsals to create online performances.
“It was not the same kind of day-in, day-out rehearsal we were accustomed to,” he said, “and certainly not the same kind of community experience that we are accustomed to, either.
“The choral experience is so much about singing in community, and the digital world is a different kind of community. You can still find community experiences, but for singers who rely on the acoustical properties of singing next to another soul, as well as the interpersonal connections of standing next to another soul as you sing, it’s very different to go into a living room,