University of Arizona choirs get creative to make music during COVID-19 pandemic | Caliente

University of Arizona choirs get creative to make music during COVID-19 pandemic | Caliente

Field, 21, has been in the Symphonic Choir going on four years. She said that singing with a mask is difficult because it’s harder to breathe, to project and to open your jaw wide enough to make the correct vowel sounds. But the singer’s lungs seem to be adapting, even though it feels as if they are singing at a higher altitude, she said.

“Honestly, I feel like the choirs that come out of this COVID-era are going to be next level, because they’ll have lung stamina for days,” Field said.

Alyssa Cossey, the community choir director, created the University Community Chorus Virtual Webinar Series that meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month throughout the fall semester. The sessions are free and open to the public and include live, interactive events, singalongs and choral lectures both on Zoom and the UCC Facebook page.

Cossey wanted to start the webinars as a way to bring into conversation certain themes about inclusion and diversity in the choral field that aren’t usually accessible during a normal, time-crunched semester.

“In addition to the global pandemic, we are also dealing with this racial inequity that as a country we’re really trying to reckon with right now,” she said. “UCC’s slogan is: ‘Putting the community back in chorus,’ so this gives us a chance to examine music that we don’t normally do.”

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