As we approach the start of the new year, many would label 2020 as the “Year of Covid-19.” In our schools, however, 2020 should be labeled as the “Year of Creativity.” That creativity was on full display the night of Wednesday, December 16, when our Middle and High School music department put on their annual winter concert. This year’s concert was both unique and inspirational, as it was the first-ever held in a virtual format.
Through the tech savvy work of BFA Fairfax music educators Glen Wallace, Matt Davide, Christina Maynard, and Sarah Wolff, band and choral students have been accessing their lessons and curriculum in a virtual format this school year. These educators’ pervasive “think outside the box” mentality has allowed for multiple student opportunities outdoors when the weather permits, or taking virtual lessons in the safety and comfort of their own homes.
On the night of the winter concert, nearly 250 homes accessed the webinar platform, and with multiple people watching in each home, this could possibly have been the most highly attended concert ever. Viewers were treated to a selection of songs by our Middle and High School Band and Chorus, as well as our Jazz Band. Keeping with a student-centered approach, all selections were introduced by current music students, and families had the opportunity to write words of encouragement in between numbers.
BFA Fairfax music students and staff have already begun to work on their next performance, a themed (TBD) concert slated for late winter/early spring of 2021. Once a date and theme are finalized, we will share that with the community. If the 2020 winter concert was any indication, this next concert will be an experience you don’t want to miss!