We, Montana! has grown a lot since we started with a simple homeschool chorus in the Fall of 2018–to the point where it gets a little complicated talking about everything that’s going on–and to the point that our website at wemontana.org is quite crowded! So we’re splitting off our two most advanced vocal ensembles, Freedom Choir and Women’s Chorus under the Sing, Montana! banner, and we’ve given them their own website at SingMontana.org.
Registration for Fall 2021 is open, and we’re expecting our biggest enrollment yet! You can now register right away—and we are now taking online payment through PayPal. Courses are $60 per student per semester starting September 1, but if you pay now, it’s only $50. (You may pay by check on the first day of class at the $60 rate.)
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 situation has created lots of upheaval in the educational world, and even at this late date, many parents are still uncertain as to how they will proceed for Fall 2020. Consequently, our We, Montana! enrollments for Fall are down such that moving forward with our classes is simply impractical. As a result, our Board has decided to suspend all course offerings for now while looking hopefully ahead to January or September 2021 to recommence, provided the situation is better. We regret this disappointing situation on behalf of all the people it affects, but we’re determined to make lemonade from the lemons that COVID-19 has handed us. Since we can’t fill up our classes with students, we’re going to take advantage of this opportunity to rework our strategic plan so that we can build another area of our intended outreach ahead of schedule, while hopefully raising enough financial support in the interim to keep the rent paid on our dedicated classroom space (the Great Room) .
WE’RE MOVING AHEAD WITH IN-PERSON CLASSES AND A REDUCED FEE STRUCTURE
We, Montana! understands that it’s hard to know how to proceed in these crazy times, so as part of our mission to facilitate homeschooling in the Billings area, we’re implementing a new pricing policy for Fall 2020, and we’re moving forward with in-person classes for those who are interested in getting out during COVID-19.
As you may know, we’ve been making a big push this summer to spread the word about We, Montana! And thanks to the help of several of our older students, we’ve put together some great videos to help spread the word. Meanwhile, however, I think there’s a real need to get some parent testimonials out there, too. I’m thinking about putting together a video slideshow of written parent testimonials, and also about posting the same copy on a simple page on our website.
We’ve been very busy getting ready for the Fall, and there are many new things going on. I’ll start posting registration announcements all over social media today—and we sure could use your help to spread the word.
These are difficult times, to be sure, but we have high hopes that we can keep things going at the Great Room. With all this in mind, then, a successful Summer recruiting push is crucial!
Meanwhile, here are some brief bullet points about what’s new this year:
Here’s an audio recording of today’s meeting about the future of the Great Room classes. You’ll have to sign up for a free account at buzzsprout to hear it. Sorry about that, but the file is too large to host at our website or on Facebook.
In these difficult social/political/economic times, the future of the Great Room is in doubt. I’m calling a meeting, therefore, for all parents and students who would like to discuss what it will take to move forward. If there is a way to keep going, it’ll likely be figured out on Sunday, so if you’d like to be involved, please find a way to attend. Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of playing wait-and-see through the summer, so now is the time to be proactive.
The meeting is at 3:00 p.m. in the Great Room, this coming Sunday, April 26.
I have sent out a notice about this post through the Remind app. Please do let me know in advance if you plan to come.
This is the first arrangement that our new Women’s Chorus will be learning. The part tracks are below, and since this song has lots of long/sustained notes, the piano sound isn’t always the best for rehearsal tracks. So I’ve provided two versions below; try both, and use your favorite one the most. The first set has all the parts played by piano, while the second set uses mixed choral voices.