Note from the Chair
Dear Alumni and Friends,
I hope this newsletter finds you well. I wanted to share some of the music we have made at SCU this past Spring, as we gradually transition back to in-person instruction. Even though our Music Commencement Ceremony still happened over Zoom, it was a time of joy and celebration for our graduating seniors, and for our music community as a whole.
None of our seniors expected their last year to happen under an unprecedented crisis in our society and around the globe. A global health crisis and an economic crisis have only exacerbated rampant inequality and racial injustices in this country and abroad. While we in the United States are lucky to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, our solidarity should go out to all other countries where the pandemic is still raging.
Online education presented huge challenges to all of us, teachers and students alike. I encourage you to read Prof. Bill Stevens inspiring reflection on teaching in the COVID year.
We were glad to be able to make some music in person and away from our laptop screens (socially distanced, and masked!). Chamber Singers and Jazz Combo rehearsed in a Parking Garage throughout the Spring, as you will see in some of the videos below. It was a safe, transitional space for outdoors music making, as indoor rehearsal spaces were still closed. Some of our ensembles were able to record or live stream from the Mission Church, though with no live audience yet. In spite of all these unusual arrangements, students and faculty were overjoyed to be able to make music together again, in the same room.
Because we are musicians and we can't stop making music and learning music, we found a way to make it all happen. Because Music is about connection -- human connection through sound -- we were, perhaps not surprisingly, well-positioned to create opportunities for us to remain connected in a year of disconnection. It was not at all easy, but it was well worth the effort.
From student recitals to end of year ensemble concerts, we are happy to share below the music we have made. Please enjoy, and have a great Summer!
Chair, Music Department