Watch these stunning virtual performances from Canadian music classes
No classroom? No orchestra pit? No stage? No problem for these music classes.
Over the past few months, CBC Music has shared dozens of Quarantunes: songs and videos that professional Canadian musicians have created from home.
But what about music students? Kids who abruptly had their choirs, bands and music classes cancelled? What is a music class to do during the COVID-19 crisis?
We're delighted to say that we've received videos from several creative and tech-savvy classes from across the country — some of them previous participants and winners of the Canadian Music Class Challenge — and we'd like to share those with you now.
Here's the individual full-length videos, starting with Enter A Capella, a contemporary choir from Sir William Mulock Secondary in Newmarket, Ont.
Here's Fiddelium, a group of young teens from the Cross Canada Fiddle program in Nanaimo, B.C. They won last year's Canadian Music Class Challenge, and they have continued their lessons from home.
Here's Honoré Mercier Elementary in Montreal, which recently did a special edit of their Music Class Challenge entry from last year. Their new version of the Arkells song "People's Champ" is dedicated to Quebec's frontline workers.
Here are members from Waterloo Collegiate Institute's Senior Chamber Orchestra performing "One Last Time" and selections from the Skinner Suite from their homes in self isolation.
Finally, here's a cello quintet ranging in age from 15 to 17 years old. The students are from the Taylor Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
And yes, despite the pandemic, it is CBC Music's goal to bring back the Canadian Music Class Challenge in the fall.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep Canadian music education alive!