It goes without saying that 2020 has been a challenging year for choirs: professional singers and enthusiasts alike were forced to rethink their artistic approach and find new ways of working. Many of us experimented with digital tools and platforms to maintain the connection with our members and patrons.
Streaming concerts and sharing virtual choir videos still remain the only viable options for many choruses. And the divide between technologists and those of us who aren’t quite as tech-savvy has never been more apparent.
Setting up virtual events is challenging. Sending vocal scores to choristers by email or chat is often burdensome. Not to mention how tricky it can be to display vocal scores and markups on video conferencing software using screen share! At the end of the day, it seems that trying to do our musical work on these platforms simply slows us down. After all, these platforms were not really designed for that.
Fortunately, there is a better solution: switching to digital scores. Digital sheet music has major benefits for choirs, as it allows us to experiment with new workflows that are simply not possible with traditional paper scores.