When the Spring 2020 semester began, choirs and ensembles around the Syracuse University campus started working on the pieces they planned to perform during spring concerts. It takes weeks and weeks of preparation and practice to get the concerts—and the performers—to the point where they are ready for an audience.
The coronavirus pandemic has not only forced the cancellation of concerts but has also taken away precious time from students—time meant to be engaged in music and the college experience.
The Hendricks Chapel Choir and Setnor Sonority, two of the University’s premier vocal ensembles, are not allowing the pandemic to stifle their creativity this semester. Thanks to some quick thinking on the part of Peppie Calvar, associate professor of applied music and performance and assistant director of choral activities in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ (VPA) Setnor School of Music and the director of both choirs, and the video editing expertise of his graduate teaching assistant, Joel Touranjoe, the choirs will each produce a virtual performance.