Virtual Harmony Explosion! 2021 moves to March 27.

Type of post: Chorus news item
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Posted By: John Braden
Status: Current
Date Posted: Tue, Mar 16 2021
By Jerry Meier

Harmony Explosion! 2021 will be 100% virtual and it's for fun! Students are encouraged to keep it simple (no stress). Vocal Music Teachers are encouraged to allow their students to participate and give it a try. They have NOTHING to lose!

After talking with several teachers, I moved the date and extended the deadline for Harmony Explosion! 2021 to alleviate the anxieties with Spring 2021 academic schedules, deadlines and attendance changes.

Extending the deadline to the end of March will give students more time to consider Harmony Explosion! as a classroom project for their Spring semester.

We are not trying to force anyone to do it -- we are simply trying to give students the opportunity to do it!!!

Vocal Music Teachers are thankful. Many of their students do not want to submit videos for State Solos and Ensembles this Spring (an event that is also 100% virtual), because of the difficulties associated with that activity. However, those same students can prepare a simple Harmony Explosion! performance video to fulfill their classroom requirements.

The deadline for submitting unlisted YouTube videos is now 6 p.m. Central Time on Friday, March 26.

I have no idea if this year's virtual Harmony Explosion! will be widely accepted. The students will not be traveling on a Saturday and will not be singing live on a stage. But in this COVID-19 world, the students could be more eager to try it for the first time. We could get 10 videos or we could get 60 videos. Regardless, we have a hand-picked set of volunteer judges ready to review as many videos as necessary, to ensure the success of this wonderful program.

Special thanks to Harmonium (Micah Jeppesen, Mark Fortino, Michael Troyer, Marshall Crowl), Carter Combs, Bob Velazquez, Michelle Hunget, Heather Schouten, and the Music Team of the Kansas City Chorus of Sweet Adelines for volunteering to judge this year.

(See the Harmony Explosion links on the HOA chapter home page, www.hoachorus.com.)