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Let us open our hands to those of others. (What are these wounds, in my hands, and in yours?) Walls are not the answer. We are all creatures.

--Caroline Shaw

June 2020


Dear Friends,


Greetings to you, and an update from the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble.  Like all performing arts organizations, the remainder of our 2019-2020 concert season had to be canceled and our plans for next season are on hold. We are missing one another in the rehearsal space and all of you in the concert hall.  The coronavirus crisis has required us to stay apart while at the same time the deep pain and injustices in our society compel us to stand together and strengthen our connections. All of us are struggling and experiencing a sense of displacement as we work to forge the path ahead.


On February 16, 2020 CVAE presented a concert at Grace & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church entitled “Sanctuary,” dedicated to ideas of displacement, disconnection, and the longing for refuge.  We knew those themes were timely but did not foresee the extent to which they would become more so. At the heart of that program was the Colorado premiere performance of Caroline Shaw’s “To the Hands” from Seven Responses.  Scored for SATB choir and strings, this work conveys a powerful message about the nature of compassion and our responsibilities to one another as human beings.  We are happy to make that performance available to you now.   


In the coming weeks we will post more excerpts from “Sanctuary,” and from others recent concerts as well.  Be sure to check this site for updates or Facebook

We look forward to the day when we can once again share the joy of live performance with you.  And that day WILL come.  We are laying the groundwork and developing contingency plans for a 2020-2021 season so that we will be ready when it is safe for us to come together again.


CVAE is strong and resilient. We owe that strength to all of you who share our love for the choral art. We will weather this storm together.


With gratitude and hope for a brighter tomorrow,