Annual Holiday Concert Goes Virtual

AURORA – The pandemic will not stop Waubonsie Valley from performing its annual holiday concert. However, it will look different as the music department has produced a virtual production for the 2020 Prism concert. Prism will premiere on YouTube on December 17 at 7:00 p.m.

The Waubonsie Valley jazz band performs at the 2019 Prism concert.
(photo credit / WVTV)

For the past month, band, orchestra and choir have been recording their performance pieces through audio and have dressed up in their concert attire for video. Teachers have then been editing and matching the audio and video to stitch together the first virtual Prism concert in the school’s history.

“Students are used to daily instruction and real-time help, but they ended up having to be more independent due to the nature of remote learning,” said Waubonsie Valley fine arts department chair Mark Duker. “Students recorded individually, but could hear their performance with their peers in one large audio file.  The learning curve was steep, but students did an incredible job figuring out how to get quality recordings while being home alone.  Many of them have described a heightened sense of pride in their work, knowing they did so much of it by themselves.”

Waubonsie Valley music performs the grand finale at the 2019 Prism concert.
(photo credit / WVTV)

“Everything they see and hear was recorded by this year’s students during remote learning,” said Duker.  “There is the usual mix of large and small ensembles performing a wide variety of music.  We are very proud of what our students were able to create without rehearsing together.  We hope Prism 2020 will bring a smile to everyone’s faces and send them into the break with a renewed optimism about the good that still exists around us.”

Gathering Storm Media is helping to produce the concert that will air on wvtvmedia.org. To purchase Prism apparel or to donate to WVHS Music Scholarship Fund, visit wvhsmusic.org.