Hello, my name is Paul Martin. Welcome to the second of our State of the District addresses. Today we focus on Music and Performance.
It’s the Music that brings us together — it’s the reason that we got into barbershop. Who can forget the first time they rang a chord? Music soothes the soul, both for the singer and the audience. It resonates, on a basic level within us, bestowing physical and mental health. It communicates story and feeling as no other media can, connecting us to each other. Now, more than ever, when the feeling of isolation is everywhere around us, music fills the void. We, as members of the Carolinas District of the Barbershop Harmony have a special role to play in this moment to bring music to our communities and back into the lives of those around us. I would like to share with you now the state of Music & Performance in the Carolinas District.
Thank you for your attention as we explored the State of the District Music and Performance. Music is the heart of what we do, and you can see we are responding to the challenges of Covid-19 with creativity and innovation. We are discovering new ways of reaching new audiences that will continue with us long after Covid passes. Many of the performance products we’ve talked about today will be part of our Virtual Fall Festival and our celebration of our first 10 years as a district. Put November 13-14 on your calendar and plan to share an evening or two with your fellow barbershoppers. Better yet, add your voice to one of the virtual performances and be part of this history-making event.
This concludes our September address. For October we will discuss Membership and the impact we have on each other and our communities.