This has been a difficult month for music-making at FCC in many ways. It is always more work for everyone involved to function in virtual mode. And while the spike in COVID-19 cases that moved us to shut down the church is still spiking, all has not been lost. Not by a long-shot.

Music Ministries staff have been working diligently together to craft meaningful musical offerings through recordings and virtual choir rehearsals. In fact, we’ve taken this shutdown as an opportunity rather than a hindrance. For example, since preparing weekly anthems doesn’t allow time for much else, not having weekly anthems has given us an opportunity to learn new skills and enabled me to offer the choir educational opportunities through presentations and lectures on vocal pedagogy – knowledge that will improve both our understanding of singing together and our skill level. The choir has also continued to work on learning music for Lent and Easter so that once we are able to come back together, we can hit the ground running.

Overall, there are many reasons to be in good spirits now. We are looking for Covid cases to peek and then decline in the coming weeks, given what we’ve seen in other parts of the world. As we continue to do our part to limit the spread of the virus, I’m confident we will be back together in person again soon. Until then, we will continue to do our work faithfully, buoyed by the love and support of this beautiful community.

In solidarity,

Jared Fischer
Director of Music Ministries