About the GMCW Covid-19 Task Force
GMCW is as excited as everyone – members, patrons, and our supporters – to return to in-person performances and events as soon as it is safe to do so. To help us make that return, the GMCW COVID-19 Task Force was created in June 2020.
The purpose of this Task Force is to advise the organization’s leadership on the effects of the virus on the chorus and its performances, events, and activities. It is comprised of chorus and community members representing the Board of Directors, Staff, Membership, Production, and Medical and Mental Health Professionals.
The Task Force is working to create a Plan for GMCW’s Return to the Stage, which will outline a set of principles for what a safe return looks like, consider the science for large singing groups like ours, and define the necessary guideposts to help leadership decision-making.
The organization’s leaders take very seriously the health and safety of our community as well as the science (particularly on singing) to guide protocols. While we’re eager to return, we will not rush to the stage. The plans and ultimate return will take time. We appreciate everyone’s patience and adaptability as we develop this Plan.
We continue to encourage everyone to stay vigilant in their health and safety. Stay physically distant. Wear a mask. If you have the opportunity and are willing, get vaccinated.
Task Force Members
Chipper Dean, he/him/his (production, mental health)
Mark Dumais, he/him/his (health)
James Ellzy, he/him/his (board, health)
Justin Fyala, he/him/his (staff – Executive Director)
C. Paul Heins, he/him/his (staff – Associate Conductor/GenOUT Artistic Director)
Michael Hughes, he/him/his (staff – GMCW Outreach Manager)
Thea Kano, she/her/hers (staff – Artistic Director)
Paul Negron, he/him/his (membership)
Nicole Streeter, she/her/hers (board)
Steve Whitehead, he/him/his (health)
Micah Yarbrough, he/him/his (membership)