As the first significant church holiday to be affected by the pandemic for a second year, this year’s Easter services face the real prospect of missing the celebrated sound of a choir. Somerset Hills Harmony has built on it’s successful Christmas Hymn Project of 2020 to share recordings of several traditional hymns for Easter services. The chorus teamed up with the choir from Pluckemin Presbyterian Church in the church parking lot to record their voices in a rather unique setting – their personal cars. The safe environs of the mobile studios provided a perfect solution to the risk of superspreading choir singing as the positive COVID-19 cases continue to mount in New Jersey.
Don Staffin, President of Somerset Hills Harmony spent countless hours engineering the parking lot choir recordings into a collection of songs suitable for any church services this Holy Week. Chris Staffin, Don’s wife, created video masterpieces, setting the songs to peaceful visuals which transformed the effort to be used in livestreamed online services or recordings. The Staffins lent their technical talents as well as their voices to bring this Easter season one step closer to a feeling of home for so many congregants and parishioners.
The songs are freely available on YouTube along with several other past productions of Somerset Hills Harmony. The a cappella chorus is proud to keep the arts alive for the past twelve months, producing over two dozen virtual chorus recordings and hosting drive-in choral concerts. Learn more about how you can join your voice with SHH or sign up for their mailing list at www.shhchorus.org.