Calhoun Concert Choir Presents Virtual Performance

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Calhoun High School concert choir came together — remotely — to perform Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” on April 10.

While a virtual choir project like this cannot take the place of a live ensemble in the classroom, it does give the students some semblance of being in a recording studio session.

“Many students have told me that, after viewing the finished product, they felt connected to their friends, more than they have for weeks,” explained Sanford Sardo, the director of choral activities at Calhoun.

Sardo supplied the primarily a cappella choir with an accompaniment track, they recorded their individual performance and uploaded it to him.

“Then, I compiled all the audio files and mixed them, and created the video mosaic from all 74 videos,” he added. “Finally, I stitched the audio and video mixes back together to create the finished product, to give the illusion that they were all singing 'live' together.”

The process was also created a teachable moment, as there is latency involving the delay of one’s voice coming out of another person’s phone.

“Dana Brandwein, the Merrick Avenue Middle School chorus director and I did a joint remote lesson for our students on latency,” Sardo explained.

To view the concert via YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBF2C9CD3Mc&feature=youtu.be. The video has more than 12,000 views and was featured on News 12.

Concert Choir is an auditioned 80-person class comprised of 10th, 11th and 12th graders. Each spring, more than 127 students audition for the incoming group.