We have been effectively shut down by the directives of our governor. We aren’t the only ones. Basically every arts group has had major interruptions to their routines. The challenge now is to figure out how to come back after the crisis is over. Being a choir, we are further challenged by the fact that singing is perhaps the one activity that can spread a virus faster than the cars at the Indianapolis Speedway! Singing turns people into large aerosol containers and causes an easier and faster transmission of the the virus. There is a story of a choir that had a rehearsal last month. They took precautions like hand sanitizer and increased distance between singers, but they overlooked what singing can do. Of the 60 singers at the rehearsal, 45 now have the symptoms and/or virus and a few of those folks died. That’s a pretty sobering statistic. I suppose we can wear masks to knock down the chance of transmitting the virus, but we cannot eliminate it totally. So how do we restart? Given the challenges of delayed symptoms and a lack of testing, we cannot be certain we are all healthy. That leaves one alternative: Remain shutdown. For now, the government directives have us covered for another month. After that? No one knows for sure. The directives may be extended for another week or another month. We will cross that bridge when we get to it. Until then, please, stay home, stay isolated, and stay alive. We will get through this. It’s just a matter of time.
Please Note: While we are currently shut down for the Coronavirus crisis, we accept new singers all the time! If you are interested in being a part of this group when we get restarted, please fill out the information card below. Thank you.
We are always looking for new singers to join our group and now could be a perfect time to join. Click the link below and fill out the electronic postcard and send. Nothing could be easier. We normally have our rehearsals every Wednesday usually around 7pm although special numbers may meet earlier. Rehearsals often end before 9pm unless we need to work on something special.
So what does it cost? Since we are a nonprofit charitable association, we do have $75.00 dues payable each season, We have a Spring and a Winter season each year. Paying these dues gives you voting rights in the Nonprofit and a say in how things are run when we have our annual meetings. It also helps fund our operation. We do fundraising and apply for grants as well. Other costs to you may include buying a music folder and perhaps acquiring your costumes for each concert. We try to keep it simple because we want the audience to enjoy our singing rather then be fashion critics!
Finally, as a community choir, you don’t need to be the best singer. We sing because we enjoy it and we want to share that enjoyment with others. So if you want to sing with us, fill our the card below and let us know!
Over 50 years as Reno’s Premiere Chorus
The Sierra High Notes is a 501.C.3 Nonprofit Corporation under the laws of the United States EIN 88-0104567
In an effort to cut costs, we have eliminated our office at the McKinley Arts Center. This makes the cash flow easier in years when we don’t get enough grants. It also gives us more options when we are successful in fundraising.
This means we have a new mailing address. It is:
Reno, NV 89513
Our phone number which changed a few months ago is: 775-393-9789
It’s Fundraising time again. Well to be honest, it is always fundraising time. That’s our bread and butter, our life’s blood. After all, without money, things just don’t go very well!
This time we have not one but two things in the works. First is our regular raffle at our Christmas Concert on December 7th and 8th. We will again have items for you to put tickets on and perhaps win. Our goal is to get 20 items for each night. If you would like to please donate and item to the raffle, contact Kevin as soon as possible.
The other fundraising effort is in partnership with Mimi’s Café on the corner of Kietzke and McCarren. At the concert and through other means, special flyers from Mimi’s will be available. Simply take the flyer to Mimi’s during the month of December and have a meal…breakfast, lunch or dinner-it doesn’t matter. When you pay the bill, give them the flyer also. Whatever your bill is (minus alcoholic beverages), Mimi’s with make a donation to the Sierra High Notes equal to 20% of the bill. If your bill is $50, the Sierra High Notes will get a donation of $10. Now if 100 people all do that, we can begin to raise enough money to make certain we go on another season. If 200 people do it…well, you get the picture.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support us at the Great Reno Balloon Race. As always the balloons are beautiful. We hope the crowd liked our selections. It’s often difficult to judge the crowd because so much is going on. Afterall we are just the cream filling between the Dawn Patrol and the Mass Ascension.
Thank you to Eric Kao, Debbie Bero, and Kevin Craik for the pictures.
Effective 9/3/2019 we have a new phone number. The new number is: 775-393-9789.
The new number and phone setup is part of a cost cutting initiative. We apologize if this causes any inconvenience.
Well it seems there was enough stuff left over plus a few others wanting to donate that a few of our members decided we needed a sequel to our First Annual Garage Sale Fundraiser. This Saturday August 24, on the corner of Seventh and Ibis streets in Reno, there will be another Garage Sale to benefit the Sierra High Notes
Thank you to all who donated and helped make our Garage Sale Fundraiser happen. I don’t have a total yet but I know we did make some money, we made a few new friends, and we saw a lot of smiles.