STAPLES — The Staples Area Women’s Chorus announces its Her Voice, Her Song 2020 will be a virtual event.

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the organization recognized hosting an in-person music festival as it has done for the past eight years is unlikely to occur. The board committed to hosting a virtual festival this fall. With funding obtained from the Minnesota Arts Board, Sourcewell and Todd-Wadena Electrical Co-op Operation Round-Up, it will offer this event free to 500 participating voices around the state.

The event will incorporate treble voices of all ages to collaborate on a virtual recording of the song “Grace Before Sleep” by Susan Labaar. The collaboration will be directed by Melanie Kjellberg from Andover High School. In addition to the recording, schools participating in this event will be given access to two webinars done by Julie Hagen of the University of Hartford and Susan Volbrecht of St. Benedict’s University.

The goals of this event are to engage treble voices in age range from high school students to older adults in a virtual performance; utilize the direction of a professional director; create a piece of music to be available via the internet for the public to enjoy; and to have no financial burden on participants.

The recording is anticipated to be released in late December.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.