CUW’s Music Department Cancellations Due to COVID-19

Concordia University Wisconsin’s Department of Music has been forced to cancel all rehearsals, concerts, performances, and trips for the remainder of the semester due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“The SARS epidemic and 9/11 threatened to impact tours by the music ensembles, but ultimately, they did not. I have never experienced anything like the current Coronavirus situation in my entire life, let alone during my career or during my time at CUW,” choral instructor Dr. Alexa Doebele said.

The Department of Music originally had many large events planned for this spring, including Kammerchor’s International Spring Tour, Instrumental Weekend, and individual recitals. Students and faculty all feeling the disappointment caused by these cancellations.

“The most heart-wrenching part is that we no longer get to share in music with our fellow musicians or share the joy, sorrow, and gospel messages that are so beautifully portrayed,” CUW senior RoseMarie Hill said.

CUW also has made the decision to transition to online classes for the remainder of the semester. Although all departments are facing difficulties during this transition, the Department of Music is still deciding how to adequately teach some of the more hands-on courses.

“As for teaching conducting, I’m still figuring out how to make this work in the online environment. I purposely planned for this week to be in more of a lecture/discussion format, but next week’s classes will be more conducting-heavy, so we’ll see how that goes,” Doebele said.

Many friendships and bonds have been created through the Department of Music. Students are determined to maintain these friendships and to continue to create music during their time away from CUW.

“Though it saddens me that I cannot share this music with my dear friends from Concordia, I’m happy to say that Kammerchor pieces are still stuck in my head, I’m still practicing my violin, and music rings throughout the house more than ever—all, I pray, to the glory of God,” Hill said.

For continuous updates regarding how Concordia is responding to Coronavirus, click here.

Written by Melissa Zimmer.

Categories: Student Life

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