Cornerstone Music Students Present Virtual Concert
by Audrey Wierenga (B.A. ’18)
On Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m., instrumental music students from Cornerstone University will host a virtual concert to end their semester.
With the changes brought about by COVID-19, the Communication, Media & Music Division at Cornerstone has adapted quickly—which has presented challenges, considering many students have prepared for recitals and ensembles have rehearsed for final concerts all semester long. Kayla Cordell, music program director and assistant professor of music, recognized this difficulty but saw it as an opportunity for music students to get creative.
"The art of music relies so heavily on community," Cordell said. "These times are unprecedented, and the CU music programs will always seek to keep our music family connected no matter the challenge."
The virtual concert will feature Symphonic Winds, String Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble and some senior recitalists. The students involved will submit their pre-recorded pieces ahead of time for Thursday's presentation.
During the campus closure and movement of all courses to an online format, music students have still met together via video chat and have continued to work tirelessly on their final pieces. Thursday's concert will act as a culmination of all their efforts. They'll even have the opportunity to join a viewing party to watch their accomplishment together.
"While a virtual concert can never come close to replacing the live experience," Cordell said, "our music students have been able to continue working on a final performance in the safety of their own homes."
The video of the concert will be available through this event page on Facebook.