April 22, 2020
A performance of "Wandl'ich in dem walds abends" (Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel) by the 2019 National HS/Collegiate SSAA Honor Choir (Sandra Snow, conductor) during the 2019 ACDA National Conference in Kansas City, MO.

I don't know about you, but for the last month, I've been searching for the new "normal" in my life and there doesn't seem to be any normal anywhere. I've had to cancel our May concert. Projects I've looked forward to have gone away. Nothing is the way it should be and there is fear. I can't find one "normal" thing . . . in my life. Quite frankly, I don't want to get used to what is happening now; I don't want this to be the "new normal." . . .

There are a few . . . things I’ve learned since we’ve all been sheltering-in-place. The most important is this: be kind. Be kind to those you are quarantined with and those who you’ve worked with and those who you are related to. Give others the benefit of the doubt; they may not be coping as well as you are or they may be coping better than you are, but give ’em a break no matter.

If you are able to practice and are being productive and your friends are not able to do anything but lie on their couch, don’t judge them. And if you’re not able to do anything but take a shower most days and you see all your friends on Facebook writing new cantatas, don’t judge them. There is no right or wrong way; there is just any way of getting through this.


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