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Eastern students share their experience with virtual music recital

Published on October 29, 2020

Eastern students share their experience with virtual music recital

Student performer in the Music Program's Noon Recital

Eastern Connecticut State University’s Music Program performed a live-streamed music event titled the “Noon Recital” on Oct. 9. This will be an ongoing event and will be live streamed on Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. The Noon Recital gives students enrolled in private music sessions the chance to perform their vocal and instrumental skills.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Music program is continuing their Colloquium Series completely virtually, with events ranging from weekly studio classes and seminars to guest lectures, workshops and more. This series is meant to enhance students’ experiences in lessons and coursework while also encouraging a sense of community.

Two students who performed in the recital described their experiences and how they’re coping with COVID-19. “Despite the chaos, the music directors and professors are constantly reaching out and making sure that we are sane,” said Sarah Burkart, who sings soprano and has been performing since the age of four. The pandemic has also altered and canceled musical events that were supposed to take place this semester, but Burkart said that hasn’t affected her in a negative way. “The pandemic has affected my musical career in a positive way. Time away from my professors and not always being on campus has given me a better frame of mind to study my music pieces and practice whenever I can, but also not take my studies for granted.”

Another student performing in the recital was Dallas Dorman, who has been playing percussion since the fourth grade. Dorman explained how the Music Program is handling the virtual requirements of the pandemic and how the virus has disrupted his musical career. “Never have I ever had to deal with a global pandemic interrupting every aspect of daily life,” Dorman said, “but in my opinion, the Music Program has it covered. I was looking forward to a lot of performances both this semester and last semester, especially the Percussion Ensemble concert. But despite that, we're getting through it just fine.”

The Music program provides a supportive environment, individualized mentoring and outstanding facilities where aspiring performers, composers and scholars can develop their talents. Success in a collegiate music program requires dedication, personal drive and an appropriate level of previous musical training and/or experience. Coursework provides theoretical and experiential opportunities which emphasize the history, theory, performance and criticism of music and musicians from Western and non-Western traditions.


Written by Bobbi Brown

Categories: Music