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Pooling resources: Luther College, Decorah team up for outdoor choir rehearsals

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,

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  • October 7, 2020
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Strictly’s Katya Jones reveals use of visors in rehearsals

Katya Jones has admitted dancing with a mask on can cause problems. (PA)
Katya Jones has admitted dancing with a mask on can cause problems. (PA)

Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones has admitted she needs more breaks during dance rehearsals as wearing a mask makes breathing tricky.

The professional dancer opened up about the possible changes to the BBC show as it prepares to go ahead with social distancing guidelines in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Jones said of wearing face masks in rehearsals: “As a teacher it’s fine. In my dance school we get visors instead of masks so we can talk.

“I think you have to have proper breaks as breathing is slightly more difficult. I think the whole thing is possible. People will find ways.”

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