The #coronavirus #pandemic has not stifled the #music world, as choirs, orchestras, and bands at every level are using virtual technology to perform, teach, or just send messages of hope around the world.
Tutorials on how to use various apps, such as #Acapella, #Audacity, #GarageBand, and #LogicProX have multiplied on YouTube to assist in the creation of virtual musical ensembles.
At the high school level, music teachers who had been rehearsing their students for concerts for weeks, suddenly found their school performances cancelled as a result of the coronavirus closures.
Caitlyn Walsh, music teacher at Rolling Meadows High School in a suburb of Chicago, told NPR she instructed her students to don their red T-shirts anyway and send in videos of themselves singing their parts for their “West Side Story in Concert.” A senior ultimately mixed the videos together.
At Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, music director Greg Gardner said he asks his students to send him a ten-minute voice memo of themselves each week practicing a song, and then creates his virtual choir. Below, the choir performs “I Am With You Always.” The Children’s Voice Chorus from Palmetto Bay, South Florida, a non-profit organization, also became a virtual choir and performed “Bridge over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel.
In the professional world, the entire London Phantom of the Opera orchestra recorded a “virtual” video in March, in response to a tweet by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s office, to show their support as they observe coronavirus social distancing.
The orchestra members each submitted a video, audio, or photo individually to re-create “All I Ask of You,” from the long-celebrated musical, with the message, “Stay safe, that’s all we ask of you.” Musicians of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra also performed Boléro from their homes as a tribute to healthcare workers caring for coronavirus patients.
Over 30 of the world’s most renowned trumpet players filmed and recorded themselves while in isolation. “A Hope for the Future,” written by Matt Catingub, was also dedicated to healthcare workers treating coronavirus victims. #binspirednews