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Thomas Baty

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Choir Members,

I am so very excited for the opportunity to welcome singers new and experienced back to choir class at Capital High School. It goes without saying that last Spring was an unfortunate debacle and none of us was able to close the year like we wanted or deserved. While I have high hopes that we will have many opportunities for in-person instruction this school year, there are, of course, still many known and unknown challenges ahead of us.

I would like to begin with a very important truth about this year: It will not feel like normal. It is likely that none of our classes will be rehearsing fully choral music, and we may not have a single “normal” performance. What I can promise, however, is that music-making will continue. When circumstances allow, in-person instruction will include elements of singing in solo and small ensemble settings.

In the opening weeks of school each student will determine one of two online “paths” that will allow them to earn credit for vocal music:

  • Music Fundamentals: In an online format, this path will be largely composed of written and music listening assignments.
  • Vocal Performance: In an online format, students that choose this path will be responsible for submitting recordings of themselves. Students on this path will effectively be receiving free voice lessons.

While I feel as many of you do that there can be no substitute for the experience of singing in a choral ensemble, health and safety needs demand that we seek out alternatives. I promise that I will do all I can to help each student continue to develop as a confident musician and vocalist. Life is what you make of it. I encourage you to seize every opportunity to continue to grow and learn.

All the Best,

Thomas Baty

Director of Choirs, Capital High School