Eastman School goes online for January and postpones performances
If you’re a music fan planning to hear the Ying Quartet in concert on January 30, or a student planning to give a recital this month in Eastman: you’ll have to wait.
All courses for the University of Rochester, including the Eastman School of Music and the Eastman Community Music School, will go live for the month of January. Musical performances have been postponed or canceled.
Jessica Kaufman, communications director for Eastman School, says it was a difficult but necessary decision.
She says Eastman “tried at all times to prioritize making music in person whenever possible,” but that was no longer possible because “our priority had to be safety above all else.”
Music lessons for Eastman students will be online, along with their lessons, and so will community school learners.
Although there is a feeling of fatigue, there is also a feeling of hope. Kaufman points out that teachers and students are better prepared this time around, and “a lot of people have found new opportunities for creative teaching, creative collaboration, new ways of using technology.”
One-on-one music lessons are one thing, but it’s a bit more difficult for an orchestra or wind quintet to rehearse online. Musical groups will be announcing their plans soon, and “there is a lot of work to focus on on different types of programming or repertoire work that can be done in small groups online,” according to Kaufman.
If all goes well, these lessons will be put into practice later in the semester.
âEveryone’s goal is to have as much music in person as possible,â she says. âWe hope to come back as soon as possible. “
The UR and Eastman School will make the decision by January 26 to stay online or somehow return to teaching and performing in person for the remainder of the semester.