The West High School Advanced Choir dared to be different this year.
Kaitlyn Hopkins, the new choir director at Morristown-Hamblen High School West, had just started the job and Valentine’s Day was around the corner.
It’s an annual tradition for the class to conduct a concert. But, circumstances were different this year.
“I wanted them to have the opportunity to perform their Valentine’s songs,” Hopkins said. “But, as their brand new choir teacher, I felt it might be difficult to put together an entire concert in a month.”
So, because of this, and because of COVID-19 protocols, her and the students came up with another plan.
“I asked the students how they would feel about videoing themselves and posting their videos on social media for family, friends and the community to see,” she said.
So, they did.
For the past week, the advanced choir students have been posting to social media videos of them singing, some as solos, some as groups masked up.
Hopkins said the groups included the female a cappella group, Singsations. Another was a duet and another a trio.
The students were responsible for filming and directing their own music videos, she said.
“I wanted to give them the opportunity to lead themselves and I was here for help along the way,” she said.
The students ran with it.
Some of them produced full length videos, such as student Lindsay Farmer, who shot a video of her walking along a sidewalk and driving while singing “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele.
The Singsations filmed their cover of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley outside in the leaves while masked and six feet socially distanced apart.
Hopkins said they are busy planning a full concert for this spring in April. All depending upon the virus and health and safety of the community, there will be a concert in April, hopefully with a live audience.
But, for Valentine’s Day, the students got to show their love for music in a unique way.
“The students seemed to enjoy recording, and I have received very positive comments on social media from parents and the community,” Hopkins said. “I’m glad our students were able to showcase their incredible talents, even in the midst of a pandemic.”
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