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As an educational organization, we are aligning our response to the COVID-19 pandemic with that of the publicly funded schools. Since there is no firm date for schools to resume operations, the NHBT Board has made the following decisions:
We Keep Learning
Our teaching staff are committed to providing musical education opportunities to all of you. Teachers will be providing materials for virtual learning for all classes through the end of our band year.
If it is deemed safe to do so, summer classes may be scheduled. We will add updates as we know more.
Registration for the 2020-2021 Band Year
Registration for the 2020-2021 Band Year will begin on 1 May 2020. Access our online registration system will be added to the Members page on or after 1 May 2020.
Virtual Annual General Meeting
Join us for our AGM on Sunday 24 May 2020 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Details for joining our virtual meeting will be provided to all members via email.
Dear NHBT Members:
We hope this letter finds everyone in good health and good spirits!
The uncertainties caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) have led the NHBT Board of Directors and the Head of Education to make the following decisions to help ensure your safety and health, in accordance with the guidelines recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
Classes and Concerts:
1) Classes will be cancelled for the remainder of this term, which ends June 5 , 2020.
Teachers will continue to provide online programs and workshops until June 5 , 2020.
2) As a result of class cancellations, all concerts, including our year-end concert, The Beat Goes On, must be cancelled as well.
NHBT Future Outlook:
In the past few weeks, Donna and I have received endless emails from members expressing their appreciation and understanding of our actions taken so far, and also raised some concern as to the future of NHBT. It is important for everyone to know that as a result of the dedication of the BoD, its many volunteers, and the continual trust and support received from our members, NHBT is in great shape and fully financially prepared for dealing with the demands of this crises.
In the coming weeks, we will announce the outline for next year’s fall schedule, details and dates for the fall online registration, plus instructions on to how join our AGM, which will be held electronically on Sunday May 24th, at 7 pm.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. Stay healthy, and keep practising, we will be back playing together before you know it! Sincerely,
New Horizons Band of Toronto
“It’s Never Too Late”
As a part of our responsibility to protect the health and safety of all members and the NHBT community, the Board Executive would like to inform you of our current plans with regard to the recent escalation of cases of Coronavirus disease – COVID-19.
According to Public Health Agency of Canada, the risk for Canadians remains low, but that is subject to change. The PHAC provides up to date info
As the number of confirmed cases increase, the Ontario Ministry of Health is expanding measures to keep the population safe by suggesting a reduction in the number of non-essential public gatherings and recommending strong social distancing measures for all. You may find information about the most current recommendations from the Minister here. Toronto Public Health also provides information for all residents here.
In consultation with health professionals and following the advice to reduce the risk of transmission through public gatherings, we are changing our status on the Pandemic Plan to Level Four for the time period from Friday 13 March through Sunday 5 April. This means the following for our organization at this time:
All Spring Break workshops will be cancelled. Refunds will be issued to all members who have paid. Please allow our membership and finance team time to process these. More information will be provided to those who registered for these workshops under separate cover.
All Classes will be cancelled from Friday 13 March through Sunday 5 April – essentially a three-week break. (Coinciding with the publicly funded schools’ cancellation.)
The 28 March 2020 Concert at Scarborough Bluffs United Church (featuring the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra) is cancelled.
Each teacher will be posting virtual learning modules for their classes during the two weeks following our break week so all members may remain engaged with music.
The Board will provide weekly updates starting on April 2nd to confirm the schedule for the following week.
While we know that disruption to our class schedule is not ideal, the executive feels a responsibility to take preventative measures to protect our vulnerable community from any possible exposure to this new virus. We feel these actions will achieve that goal.
Should you have any questions about this information, or the attached Pandemic Plan, please contact Donna at: email@example.com.
Thank you again,
Board of Directors, NHBT
Band recordings assembled from individual recorded parts. Each person has recorded their part at home and these are then used to make an ensemble recording.
Photography, creative edits and organization ~ Gary Christie
Band Photos are taken at our band rehearsals, concerts and social events. These photos are shared via our NHBT Dropbox and can be viewed there (by members) or downloaded.
When looking at the photos inside Dropbox, you have the option of viewing as larger or smaller images. The selector for this viewing option is generally located near the top-right of the list of files inside the Dropbox browser page.
Please respect the privacy of band members and the legislation that protects this privacy.
Never share your NHBT member login with non-members. If you want to share a special photo with someone outside the band, ensure you have permission from those in the photo and then download from the Dropbox folder to your local computer.
Recordings, edits and organization ~ Tom Cordery