PENNSIC 49 – COVID 19 UPDATE

24th April 2020

 

G’Day Everyone,

COVID-19 is touching all of our lives and at this time our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our Pennsic Attendees, Cooper’s Lake Family and Staff:, the entire Community of people in and around Cooper’s Lake Campground we interact and depend upon, and our numerous vendors who supply our event. They are all part of the “Pennsic-War-Family”.

When I took on the office of Mayor of Pennsic 49, I promised to, and was entrusted with, the welfare and safety of the entire Pennsic Family. It is therefore with great sadness that I must inform you today that, we have decided to postpone Pennsic 49, scheduled for July 24, 2020 through August 9, 2020 to July 30, 2021 through August 15, 2021.

 

This postponement will come as heartbreaking news to many of you – and it has been an exceedingly difficult decision for us to make. Since the first Pennsic Wars at Cooper’s Lake we have been so proud to welcome people from all over the Knowne World to beautiful lands of Aethelmearc, but this year, sadly we cannot gather together as before.

 

As many of you have read in my previous COVID-19 updates, the impact of this terrible pandemic has effects that reach far past just those that attend Pennsic War. I will not go into all our considerations here again, you can all read my previous two posts that outline many of the factors we considered before making this decision. However, on this one occasion the emotion of Pennsic needed to be removed and the hard decision made.

 

It has been arranged with Cooper’s Lake Management, that those who have preregistered for Pennsic 49 may have their registrations rolled over to 2021.

If you desire a refund, please go to www.cooperslake.com and log into your pre-registration account.

 

Even if we cannot be together this July, we remain optimistic that the situation will soon improve. I know we are all very worried about the impact that COVID-19 is having on our loved ones and daily lives. My Pennsic team and I send you our very best wishes. We cannot wait to share time together at Cooper’s Lake again with you all.

 

Yours,

 

Sir Gregory of Loch Swan
Mayor
Pennsic 49

Known World Choirs at Pennsic

 

musicKnown World Choir Coordinator  

THL Lady Siri Toivosdotter

 

What is the Known World Choir?

The Known World Choir (KWC) is a group of people from across the Kingdoms of the SCA who love to sing a cappella choral music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Singers gather, rehearse, and perform at major SCA wars like Estrella, Lilies, Gulf wars, and Pennsic.

The Known World Choirs at Pennsic are also known as the Pennsic Choirs.


The Pennsic Choirs

The Pennsic Choir has a decades-long tradition of performing medieval and renaissance choral music at the Pennsic War. In recent years it has expanded into four Pennsic Choirs, each with its own director. Directorship changes each year.

The choirs perform a joint concert on Thursday, August 6, in the Performing Arts Tent. Warmup is at 6:00 pm at the European Dance Tent; the performances begin at 6:30 pm in the following order: Children's Choir, Youth Choir, Chorulus Pennsicus, Pennsic Choir.

Most rehearsals take place in the Performing Arts Rehearsal & Class Tent, located next to the Amphitheater.

For detailed information on all four Pennsic Choirs, including directors' contact information as well as downloadable sheet music and audio files for practicing, visit the Known World Choir website.

  • The Pennsic Choir is an open choir for anyone able to attend a 2-hour daily rehearsal and sing moderately complex choral music.

    • There is no audition, and participants do not need to know how to sight-sing.
    • If you would like to sing with the Pennsic Choir, please pre-register. Pre-registration is not required, but is appreciated since it helps the director to plan.
    • All music is posted on the Known World Choir website, in the form of both sheet music and audio files, for singers to practice on their own.
    • Rehearsals: Rehearsals: 10AM-Noon from Thursday, July 30 through Wednesday, August 5 th at the Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent, or PARC, which is by the Ampitheatre. Dress Rehearsal is on Thursday, August 6th and the Concert is that evening.
    • Pennsic Choir Director for Pennsic 49: Mistress Arianna Morgan
  • Chorulus Pennsicus is an audition-based choir of 8-20 voices, which performs more complex and challenging music than the full Pennsic Choir.

    • To participate, you must audition for the director, which can be done via audio/video or in person at pennsic. See the Known World Choir website for more information.
    • Unlike the other three choirs, Chorulus Pennsicus rehearses in a private camp on the Serengeti.
    • Rehearsals: 4:00 – 5:00 pm (some days will be from 4:15 to 5:30) from Saturday August 1st through Wednesday August 5th. Dress Rehearsal is on Thursday, August 6th and the Concert is that evening.
    • Chorulus Pennsicus Director for Pennsic 49:  THL Siri Toivosdotter
    • Auditions for next year's Chorulus Pennsicus will be held on Monday, August 3, from 12:30 to 2pm in the Battlefield University Tent. The Chorulus Pennsicus Director for Pennsic 50 will be Lord Cailin mac Aindreis.
  • The Pennsic Youth Choir is an open choir for children ages 12-19 who can attend a one-hour daily rehearsal. The Youth Choir performs rounds and part-songs in 2 or 3 parts.

    • Rehearsals: Noon-1pm from Saturday, August 1st through Wednesday, August 5th at the Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent, or PARC, which is by the Ampitheatre. Dress Rehearsal is on Thursday, August 6th and the Concert is that evening.
    • Pennsic Youth Choir Director for Pennsic 49: THL Rachel Dalicieux
  • The Pennsic Children's Choir is an open choir for children under age 12 who can focus for a one-hour daily rehearsal. The Children's Choir performs rounds and other songs in 1 or 2 parts.

    • A parent or other responsible adult (not including the choir director) must attend rehearsals with their children.
    • Rehearsals: 1-2PM from Sunday, August 1st through Wednesday, August 5th at the Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent, or PARC, which is by the Ampitheatre. Dress Rehearsal is on Thursday, August 6th and the Concert is that evening.
    • Pennsic Children's Choir Director for Pennsic 49: Lady Pia Malatesta d'Rimini

Registration (for the Pennsic Choir only)

Please use the on-line form to register by July 25.

After July 25 please see the director at a rehearsal during Pennsic, or inquire at University Point.

If you have any problems using the on-line form, please email the following info to the director:

  • SCA Name
  • Modern Name
  • Mailing Address (Street, City, State/Province, Country, Postal/Zip code)
  • Email address
  • Kingdom affiliation
  • Voice Part 1: first preference
  • Voice Part 2: alternate parts you're willing to sing, if any
  • Expected date of arrival at Pennsic
  • Approximate experience level

For More Information

Visit the Known World Choir website.

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