With public health and safety risks causing classes to move online for the semester, many UNC music ensembles have also taken to an online format to continue creating music together.
At the beginning of the semester, ensemble groups announced that instruction would look different from years past. Groups like Charanga Carolina, which is a Cuban-style music ensemble led by associate professor Juan Álamo, initially planned to rehearse in person this year.
“Originally, when we started the semester, the first week we started rehearsing with students in different rooms, especially for Charanga,” Álamo said. “Since we do have instruments that they need to blow ... that’s a larger risk every time you have to sing or to blow an instrument.”
With the shift to online rehearsals, groups such as the Wind Ensemble have been utilizing software like Upbeat Music.
“It's like Zoom for ensembles,” senior Coco Chang, who plays the clarinet in the Wind Ensemble, said. “Basically, we play music to our laptops, against the metronome. And it automatically assembles videos together to create like an a cappella kind of thing.”