Last spring the Minnesingers concert was canceled, like nearly every other event. In December the show went on, but only by video for its Christmas concert shown at the Martha’s Vineyard Drive-In before the school’s Zoom performance of It’s a Wonderful Life.

But this weekend, the regional high school’s elite singers take off their masks for a pair of live, socially-distanced concerts at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs.

“The Tabernacle so graciously wanted to help us make this happen,” said Minnesingers director Abigail Chandler.

It has been a long journey to performing live again. For the December show, group recorded the video under a rehearsal tent on a rainy winter day, singing holiday music through their masks with each vocalist stationed 10 feet from the next.

“The distance . . . and singing in the mask really cuts down on the ability to hear each other, and that is so key in choral singing,” Ms. Chandler said.

Performers must be socially-distanced while singing. — Jeanna Shepard

Things would get worse before they got better: “We lost our tent in a snowstorm,” she said.

Winter storms kept the group from practicing, managing only four rehearsals in the first two months of the year. But in March, Gov. Charlie Baker eased some of the Covid-19 restrictions, allowing the singers back indoors.

“When we could sing inside, the spark went off — maybe we could actually pull off a spring show,” Ms. Chandler said.

With the help of C.J. Rivard at the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, which owns the open-air Tabernacle, the Mother’s Day weekend dates (May 7 at 6:30 p.m. and May 8 at 4 p.m.) were secured, Ms. Chandler said.

The Tabernacle stage is just big enough to hold the socially-distanced choir, which still must maintain the 10-foot buffer between individual singers in order for them to sing without masks.

“Twenty-two people takes up a large swath,” Ms. Chandler said.

The spacing challenges were evident in last Saturday’s half-dress rehearsal on the performing arts center stage. As Ms. Chandler led the Minnesingers through an a cappella version of Will the Circle Be Unbroken, some members sang while peeking out from the wings as they kept their distance.

The combination of pandemic restrictions and limited rehearsal time has cut into the Minnesingers’ traditionally generous concert programming, Ms. Chandler said.

Shows were rehearsed at the performing arts center. — Jeanna Shepard

“It’s going to be a bit shorter than usual, but we’re still going to have an hour of music,” she said. “The kids are having a really good time.”

The Tabernacle audiences will hear a diverse assortment of music that includes Mozart, the Charleston and a contemporary devotional work, Ubi Caritas, by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, Ms. Chandler said. There will also be dancing and costumes. Ken Romero has choreographed three numbers for the group, including the Charleston, for which the female singers on Saturday were still having finishing touches added to their beaded flapper dresses by costume designer Chelsea McCarthy.

Tickets to this weekend’s concerts are likely to be prized for more than one reason. The first is scarcity. While the Minnesingers’ pre-pandemic concerts routinely filled the high school Performing Arts Center, which seats more than 700, the Tabernacle audiences will be strictly limited.

“We have space for about 120 people per show,” said Ms. Chandler. Parent monitors will make sure audience members are sitting six feet apart and in family groups, she added.

Minnesingers tickets are also valuable for what they mean to the choir: a potential trip to Austria next spring, where they can meet other young people who love to sing.

“We have to raise a lot of money to send these kids to Europe,” Ms. Chandler said. “The trip we have planned, if we can afford it, includes two workshops, one with a choral ensemble at a university in Vienna and one at a music school outside Salzburg for high school-aged kids.”

The Minnesingers are also raising funds for the trip by raffling off a weekend trip to Boston, air and hotel included, to take place in June 2022.

More information and links for concert and raffle tickets are posted on the choir’s new website: