Virtual Chorus Attracts New Members During Pandemic
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LANSDALE, Pennsylvania – The Liberty Belles Chorus, like many others, became a virtual chorus in March 2020, due to the restrictions put on large gatherings. While this of course has had its challenges, they have continued their weekly rehearsals (via Zoom), welcomed many guest singers over the months, and have increased their membership by 10%.
“It’s actually easier for some people to come to a virtual rehearsal rather than walking into a room full of people and sing,” says Nancy Weisbein, President and Membership Chair for The Liberty Belles. Speaking from her own personal experience, Weisbein went on to explain “As an introvert … it was very hard for me to walk in the door to start my journey with the Belles. Somehow, everyone helped me feel comfortable and confident that I belonged there. I’m glad I was able to do an in person rehearsal, but virtual probably makes a lot of people feel empowered to step into the Belles family.”
During a year where people have spent a great deal of time in isolation, it has motivated them to seek out online groups where they can connect with people who have shared interests and goals. In addition to connection on a virtual level, many choruses have also found that it is important to remain “in touch” with their members on a personal level. Some choruses, such as The Liberty Belles, stay connected by adding social time to their rehearsals, or by contacting individual members via phone or handwritten letters.
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