2022 Regional Convention

This message was emailed to all members of Region 15 on December 6, 2021...
TO: All Members of Region 15
FROM: Lori Britt Horvath (Region 15 Team Coordinator) & Kay Weiss (Region 15 Events Coordinator)
We have some very exciting news to share! After much careful consideration, research, and communication with our chorus leaders, the Regional Management Team (RMT) has decided to go forward with an in-person contest for Spring of 2022! As you can imagine, all the details have not been set at this point but here are the things we do know for sure:
Date:  May 12-15, 2022
Location:  Albany, NY
We will be requiring proof of full vaccination status for contestants and audience members to attend. Full vaccination status will align with how the CDC defines it at the time of contest registration. (General consensus from the research we have done is that “fully vaccinated” in Spring of 2022 will most likely mean 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna plus the booster, or 1 dose of Johnson and Johnson plus the booster.) We will also be requiring masks for all who are not performing, just like they are doing in Broadway theaters and other live performance venues. Of course, this may change based on evolving guidance from the CDC and local regulations from New York State. We will have definitive requirements for attendance at the time of registration.  
We wanted you to have this information now so that you can plan to have everything in place for the spring. We will provide further details as they become available. The Regional Convention Committee and the RMT are working hard to renegotiate our contracts and set our guidelines in place to provide everyone with the safest and most worry-free experience possible. Please be patient as our plans continue to take shape.
Thank you for your continued support and trust in the RMT as we continue to serve you, the most amazing members of Region 15. This was not an easy decision for the RMT to make and we did it with the advisement of your chorus leaders, medical professionals, and current CDC and New York State guidance. We understand that some of you may not be comfortable attending and some of you may not agree with our decision to require vaccines and masks. If you would like to express your opinion about this, we ask that you do so in a respectful manner. 
We are so excited to continue planning for a fabulous “welcome back” weekend in May with as many of you as possible. It will be so wonderful to share the music we love with each other in person once again.
In Harmony,
Lori Britt Horvath, RMT Team Coordinator
Kay Weiss, RMT Events Coordinator