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Gratitude: An Update

2020 sure has been difficult so far! Finding ways to stay connected – even as we must isolate for the common good – has been a challenge. We at Ars Nova Singers feel it is important to focus on the good things and express our gratitude. We’ve consciously embraced Gratitude as a core value. Here are some things we are grateful for:

We live and work in Boulder, Colorado. While so many across our country are quarantining at home and feeling the loss of summer vacations, we live in a place that people would typically choose as a destination. We can take a day and go to the mountains – they are in our back yard!

It’s summer – and that means that fresh, local, organic food is readily available. Food can be an art form, and there’s no better place than Boulder to enjoy this bounty. For those who are missing the Farmers Market, our friends Dustin and Cora from Farm to Bus are bringing the Farmers Market to neighborhoods across the city. Take a look at our recent installment of Hey, Just a (Local) Minute! to hear about their work.

Ars Nova Singers is an organization made up of caring individuals. While we miss being together and making music together, we know that every person’s focus is on being healthy and looking out for one another. When we come back together, it will be a joyous experience!

We have dedicated Staff and Board members who keep Ars Nova Singers a priority, planning for the future and looking for creative ways to continue to bring our music to you.

In spite of cancellations and isolation, technology is available to continue to keep people connected in ways that wouldn’t have been possible even 10 years ago. Our singers have gotten together for one virtual project already, a socially-distanced recording of Bruce Stark’s Wind Song presented in honor of all graduates in the Class of 2020, and especially honoring Ashlyn Spanarella, our High School Apprentice for the past two years. Ashlyn graduated this month from Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado. And, we have another virtual project “in the works.” It’s not an ideal way to live our lives, but we are grateful for the options we do have!

Tom’s recent project is the first installment of Stories in the Song. In a brief historical glance, we learn how previous pandemics have ignited the creative spirit and given the world some of the most beautiful choral music ever written, and it is still being performed centuries later. We are grateful for a vast and varied repertoire to choose from!

Saving the best for last, we are extraordinarily grateful for you, our fans! We appreciate your support, and we look forward to continuing to bring you engaging and edifying performances in any way possible. As always, we eagerly anticipate the time when we can be together in person.

Be well – and thank you!