Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Mayor Directs Certain Activities to Prepare for Reopening, Issues Requirements for Masks

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2020-066 to extend the District’s public emergency and public health emergency and continue to require individuals to stay home through June 8, 2020. The Mayor’s Order can be found here.

“The continued sacrifices by residents and businesses are saving lives and helping us get to the other side of this incredibly difficult time for our city,” said Mayor Bowser. “Together, by staying home a little longer, soon we will be able to reopen DC safely and sustainably.”

As the District continues to prepares to #ReOpenDC, the Mayor today outlined several criteria based on federal guidance that the District must meet before beginning phased reopening:

  1. COVID-19 Case Decline
    • 14-day sustained decrease in community spread
    • Transmission rate of fewer than 1.0 for three days
  2. Testing Capacity
    • Ability to test the following groups: symptomatic, at-risk health care workers, essential workers, and close contacts of all new positive cases
  3. Health Care System Capacity
    • Less than 80% health care capacity (without medical surge) over seven-day period
  4. Public Health System Capacity
    • Contact tracing attempt of new cases within one day, and contact tracing attempt of their close contacts within two days

More on DC Gov website...

Our DC rehearsal space will be closed for the forseeable future. Please check back and we will let you know when we are able to rehearse again.

What's Ahead for Singers?

NATS Panel of Experts Lays Out Sobering Future for Singers: "No Vaccine, No Safe Public Singing"

On May 5th, an expert panel assembled by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Chorus America, the Barbershop Harmony Society, and the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) laid out a sobering vision for the future of public singing in America. The primary goal of the panel, according to NATS Executive Director Dr. Allen Henderson, was "to bring scientists and medical professionals directly to our audience, as those of us who run professional organizations do not have the direct knowledge ourselves of these complex issues."

Read the full article here.

Our 42nd Season

The chorus your mother warned you about is always recruiting.

“In the dark times
Will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.”
—Bertolt Brecht, Svendborg Poems

Come join us to sing about the dark times, and the bright times, and what gets us from one to the other.

Last season...

Chorus photo in concert dress

Singers Always Welcome

If you missed our open house rehearsal...

Drop in and see what we're about. Less snacks—but more singing!

Wednesdays 7:00p to 9:00p, at National City Christian Church. See if we're the right fit for you.

"We want bread, but we want roses too!"

We began in 1978 as the DC Area Feminist Chorus, were known as Bread and Roses Feminist Singers from 1983 to the fall of 2009, and became Fortissima in October 2009.

We have the same commitment to music and social justice regardless of the name.

We are open to all sopranos and altos, regardless of gender, and without audition.

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