Student musicians get ready for online recitals


Sarah Boutouis

Playing her harp, former senior Urja Joshi advanced to Area after auditioning for the Region 24 All-Region Orchestra. As the competition this year has come to a close, the hard work and dedication students have undergone has payed off according to Orchestra Director Julia Blackstock.

Hannah Beeler, Guest Contributor

For many student musicians, performing live now means doing so from the comfort of their homes as many end of year music recitals are being hosted online.

“I hosted my recital on Zoom,” harp teacher Naoko Nakamura said via email. “I had my students set up their harps before the Zoom call and then we did a sound check right after the call started. During the recital students played one by one and during their performance everyone else was muted”.

While some online recitals are filled with performances by multiple students others have given students the opportunity to be the sole performer.

“Some positives of the online recital were that the distractions were minimal because the audience was not as large as it usually is because it was only my teacher, via FaceTime, parents, and siblings,” pianist junior Sakshi Bolar said via text. “The recital wasn’t with the rest of my piano studio which also made it short and concise”.

Harpist freshman Giselle Menezes will be performing in a recital on Zoom and believes that it will have both negative and positive aspects.

“Some challenges that come with an online recital are that a high speed internet connection is needed so that your video for the performance is clear and has a clear sound,” Menezes said via text. “However something nice about having an online recital is that it is more comfortable to perform from home in familiar settings and when you are not performing you can relax in the comforts of home”.