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A way back to safe choral singing

Tim Sharp supports "Join Your Voices" campaign of

World Choir Council

This week we received good news from Dr. Tim Sharp, representatives of the United States in the World Choir Council: He joins as a spokesperson and thus supports the way back to live rehearsals and performances.

“Now that a vaccine is available and we know the science, we need to get back to choral singing,” says Sharp. “Group singing is part of our very soul. This is why I am pleased to partner as a spokesperson with – so we can return to live rehearsals safely.” 

Tim Sharp is the past Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association and serves as Artistic Director of the Tulsa Chorale and as Director of Innovation at the Center for Community Arts Innovation in Nashville. He is on the Board of Directors for the International Federation for Choral Music and member of the Advisory Board of the World Choir Council.

Sharp is working with in a campaign called “Join Your Voices,” which offers choral leaders a decision-making protocol with a responsible pathway for returning to live rehearsals and performances. The protocol is available as a free download at   

In the return to live singing, individual face masks are critical. Such a face mask must capture the aerosol particles produced by a singer, but it must also allow a singer to inhale as freely as possible. 

According to Sharp, who has tried several singing masks, the Noteable mask is the one that provides the most viable option for group singing when used in conjunction with CDC guidelines. He is recommending Noteable as the face mask of choice for groups returning to live rehearsals. 

“When I heard that Tim Sharp had chosen our mask, I was thrilled,” said Tom Lough, inventor and developer of the Noteable mask. “We want to help with the safe return to live choral singing, and we are glad our mask and the ‘Join Your Voices’ campaign can be part of that recovery.” 

The Noteable singing mask has been independently tested by aerosol engineers at Colorado State University and Baylor University, and is made in the USA. For more information, see

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