Although church closures have prevented the Vallejo Drive Church Chancel Choir from weekly choir rehearsals and singing together in person each Sabbath, God provided a different way for the members to gather and praise His name during the pandemic. Soon, a virtual choir began to take shape. The first few rehearsals and performances were difficult as members learned to adjust to a virtual format. Some choir members were not able to join because of technical challenges of solo rehearsing and self-recording. The new set-up also includes arranging accompaniment, directing virtually, and sharing the video to be edited. “After our first virtual anthem, we were bombarded with words of appreciation and a number of requests to join,” recalled Helene Quintana, Vallejo Drive church ministry of music director. Those who asked to join the virtual choir were not only singers from neighboring churches, but also from around the world: France, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Fiji, and Finland!
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