Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Music 148/248 class will again be virtual this Spring. We will meet on Zoom every Wednesday evening, starting on 27 January at 7:30 p.m. (NVCC changed the course calendar - hence the revised start date for the class.)
Everyone is welcome to join, not just MUS 148/248 students!
Last Fall we had over a dozen ensembles playing together online and socially distanced, from string quartets to wind ensembles, brass groups, and jazz ensembles. For the Spring, we will repeat this successful formula.
Ensembles will work on their pieces during the week and report back to the group each Wednesday. They collaborate by:
- Players independently recording themselves to a click track; the recordings are merged later.
- Players meeting in real time from home, using online collaboration technology.
- Players meeting in outdoor venues, socially distanced, weather permitting. (No indoor meetings!)
Mr. Johnston, the instructor and Music Director for the orchestra, will email Zoom invitations about 15 minutes before the class starts. Emails will go to people who were active last semester. If you wish to join the meeting and you do not get an invitation before the class starts, email Mr. Johnston
; he will send you an invitation and add you to the active list for Spring.
The agenda for the first class meeting will be to discuss the plans for the semester, organize ourselves into ensembles, and begin to choose music to work on. Note that we have a new initiative, the Diverse Music Working Group, who will present suggestions for great chamber pieces by women, minority, and lesser-known composers.
If you haven't enrolled in MUS 148/248 yet and you wish to, there may still be time. For questions, contact Mr. Sager in the Annandale campus Languages, Arts & Social Sciences Division, (703) 323-3107, email@example.com