By Lee Denlinger, International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians Global Chair
The International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians (IFRM) has been meeting regularly online to prepare and present virtual choral performances. Members receive rehearsal material (musical score, a recording of accompaniment and vocal parts) in advance, and then they come together from their respective homes via Zoom to listen to the accompaniment (on headphones) and sing their parts (into cell phones) while appearing on screen together. The recordings are then sent to IFRM member John Ackenhusen (Rotary Club of Poulsbo, Washington, USA) who edits them into a video. John is also the Virtual Choir’s Director.
So far, the group has recorded “How Can I Keep from Singing” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” We are continuing by selecting songs that were originally presented by the IFRM World Choir at the Interfaith Service at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta in 2017.
The International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians consists of over 700 members from 44 countries around the Rotary world. Our keynote event is performing at the Rotary International Convention.
For our most recent performance of the IFRM Virtual Rotary World Choir, we had IFRM members from Australia, Canada, England, France, India, Italy, and the United States, all using Zoom to singing together. Check out the recorded here and learn more about our work.