Star Island Harmony 2021 (cancelled)

Star Harmony 2021 is cancelled due to the Delta surge.

Dear Star Harmony registrants,

Because of the Delta surge and the attendant risks of singing for two days, Mary Cay, Mary Alice, Adam and I have decided to cancel Star Harmony 2021, but note that you are still more than welcome to go to Star Island that weekend.  This email ends with a note from Joe Watts, Star Island Chief Executive Officer, with his invitation to come to the island anyway on the Sept 17 – 19 weekend (of course, without our Star Harmony Singing Conference).

Mary Cay, Mary Alice Adam and I are all disappointed that we will not get to sing with you with you this year.  We cancelled Star Harmony 2021 because, although all are vaccinated, most of the registered singers are in their 60’s and 70’s, and we are feeling that the combination of the continuing rise in Delta Covid infections, the extreme contagiousness of Delta, the frequency of crossover infections, and the fact that a vaccinated person can carry the virus without knowing it, makes our indoor, two-day, fifty-five person singing event too risky.

You can get a full refund by emailing to say you will not be coming to Star Island.  If you choose to go to Star Island on Sept. 17-19  you will still have your Star Harmony Program Fee ($100 to June 1st, then $120) refunded.  Please email me with any further questions about Star Harmony.

Here is an invitation to come to Star Island September 17 – 19 for your own personal retreat:

Joe Watts

Star Island Chief Executive Officer

Dear Star Harmony Conferees,

We are sorry to hear that your programming has been cancelled this year, though we completely understand this decision. We have been in good communication with Peter (and Mary Cay, Mary Alice, and Adam) about the situation, and we support the conference leadership’s decision to cancel the programming this year, given the nature of your conference (including the desire to be singing indoors). We look forward to welcoming you back as a conference in 2022.

We also want to let you know that you are welcome to attend the weekend anyway, even without the program. Star Island will be open, and we have very specific safety protocols. During your weekend, we anticipate there being about 60-80 people on island (our normal guest capacity is 260), and we anticipate 100% of conferees to be fully vaccinated. We have not had a conferee COVID-19 case all season. People have been good about following our protocols, which currently include a mask requirement for every person (regardless of vaccination status) while indoors, rapid testing any person with any symptoms (we have on-island rapid PCR testing capability), outdoor dining capability (which people love), and more. While we cannot guarantee safety, we feel confident that risks have been reduced significantly – and each of you can make a decision about whether you would like to come out to Star Island for the weekend.

If you plan to attend, you are already registered to come, so you don’t need to do anything more. You can make your decision about whether or not to attend until 9/8. If you decide not to attend, please email Mike Bray ( If you come out, you can relax and enjoy our beautiful island, as well as the company of fellow Shoalers. We can make a portable piano available out on the front porch should anyone want to informally do an outdoor hymn sing. We’d be happy to support any other informal events that folks want to put together – just let us know! See you in a few weeks or in 2022!


Joe Watts, on behalf of all your friends at Star Islan

Joe Watts
Chief Executive Officer
Star Island Corporation
Morton-Benedict House
30 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH  03801
Pronouns: he, him, his
Phone: (603) 430-6272
Fax: (603) 430-6270
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an astonishingly beautiful retreat center astonishingly beautiful retreat center on a small island off the NH coast. You can walk around it in an hour, just an hour by ferry from Portsmouth, NH.

Fri eve through Sunday morning – Sept , 17, 18, 19, 2021

* More info – costs – REGISTER HERE *

Sacred & Secular Choral Singing

mostly SATB songs (a cappella and piano/SATB) for church choir • community chorus • hospice choirs

led by Mary Cay Brass, Peter & Mary Alice Amidon, and Special Guest Singing Leader Adam Podd

Peter and Mary Alice Amidon and Mary Cay Brass

Peter and Mary Alice Amidon and Mary Cay Brass

Adam Podd


A weekend of a cappella and piano/SATB harmony singing: arrangements of folk songs, hymns, spirituals, gospel, seasonal songs, shape note songs and songs written by folks steeped in the oral tradition; for directors and singers in community, church and hospice choruses, and for those who simply love to sing.

The schedule will be similar to the schedule from last year.

* More info – costs – REGISTER HERE *

Peter Amidon
Star Harmony Registrar & Singing Leader