Neshaminy Performs Together…Even When Apart

The Covid-19 pan­dem­ic may have put the brakes on spring con­certs, but the music teach­ers and stu­dent per­form­ers did­n’t let that stop them from join­ing in song even though they were apart.

Several schools host­ed vir­tu­al recitals that includ­ed dozens or even hun­dreds of par­tic­i­pants in Zoom meet­ings lis­ten­ing to their stu­dent musi­cians take turns per­form­ing solo from their liv­ing rooms, back porch­es or bed­rooms. Hosted by the music teach­ers, these con­certs offered the stu­dents excite­ment of per­form­ing in front of an appre­cia­tive audi­ence, even if the audio and stream­ing video qual­i­ty was­n’t always the best. 

Neshaminy Virtual Orchestra, “Over the Rainbow“

We can’t think of a nicer way to end the week­end than with this beau­ti­ful orches­tra com­pi­la­tion of “Over the Rainbow” col­lect­ed by music teach­ers Andrew Tanicello and Carly Lewis. All three mid­dle schools and the high school are rep­re­sent­ed in this group.

Posted by Neshaminy School District on Sunday, June 7, 2020

Over the Rainbow,” com­bined sec­ondary school orches­tra musicians

Another cre­ative way that musi­cal groups joined togeth­er was by assem­bling online orches­tras out of pre-recorded indi­vid­ual sec­tions of choral and orches­tral pieces. Each musi­cian record­ed their part while lis­ten­ing to a base accom­pa­ni­ment. Using the WeVideo appli­ca­tion or oth­er video edit­ing soft­ware, these indi­vid­ual pieces were then syn­chro­nized into a sin­gle video. The sec­ondary music teach­ers even cre­at­ed an all-District orches­tra with rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the mid­dle schools and high school with a beau­ti­ful ren­di­tion of Over the Rainbow.

A Million Dreams” by the 4th grade at Joseph Ferderbar Elementary School

For the Class of 2020 Salute to Seniors grad­u­a­tion video, which was pre­miered on June 27, mem­bers of the Neshaminy High School choirs per­formed remote group ren­di­tions of the National Anthem, the Neshaminy High School Alma Mater, and We Are One, a beau­ti­ful song that has been sung as a Neshaminy tra­di­tion for many years.

We are One,” Neshaminy HS choir members