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Music4Heart April Newsletter

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

Andrew Choi (11th grade, Amador Valley High School)

As unfortunate as the circumstances were, our April virtual concert was a fun way around in-person concerts. Because we recorded instead of performed, there was less stress on the performing aspect that in-person concerts have. Although performing in front of a live audience is always much more personal than having a recording in a video, I think the virtual concert worked well enough to still have a similar impact of spreading our music making and our hard work. I think putting together the virtual concert, especially during COVID 19, was a fun way to interact while also creating something for our community.

Chloe Jeon (11th Amador Valley High School)

Although COVID-19 clearly posed many challenges, I also see it as an opportunity to open our eyes to try something new. A problem arose; we found a solution. We can’t do in-person concerts; we switched to doing virtual concerts. Of course, that in turn produced more problems, but we solved them one by one to produce a finished piece: our very own virtual concert, uploaded to YouTube for the first time. And in the end, all our hard work paid off. Having seen how much viewers enjoyed our first performance, we are now motivated to continue giving what we can to our community.

Erin Yang (10th grade, Mission San Jose High School)

In all my time playing the piano, a virtual concert like this was definitely a first. It was actually quite a pleasant experience to record the piece at home because I wasn’t as nervous and had the luxury of being able to try again if necessary. As the great Vladimir Horowitz once said, “If you want me to play only the notes without any specific dynamics, I will never make one mistake. Never be afraid to dare.” I definitely focused a lot on implementing rubato into the song and trying to achieve greater variation in my dynamics, and I think those did help

my piece. This is a fun way to interact with my friends a bit even during quarantine, and it's even better that it’s all for a good cause! All in all, I’m very satisfied that our concert, albeit virtual, could have a direct impact towards raising money for PPE.

Ella Jeon (7th grade, Pleasanton Middle School)

Dealing with COVID-19, it was interesting to find methods to work with the struggles of quarantine, and put together a virtual concert. The preparation for the video was definitely long and not easy, but it turned out better than I’d expected. On the other hand, the safely-distanced packaging session was easier, as we worked on wrapping the items that would be delivered as donations to those in need of such protective equipment. While I look forward to next month’s video, I still hope the COVID-19 situation will improve soon to the point where the shelter-in-place order is lifted.

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The Corona Virus (COVID-19) has thrown the world into a global crisis.  This pandemic is affecting every aspect of life for all communities, regardless of where we live. During this unprecedented crisis, we need to look beyond our fears and reach out to those who are in greater need than us. We are fortunate enough to be healthy and safe in our homes, and what better way to use our extra time and energy than to help essential front line workers who put their lives on the line to combat COVID-19? is a volunteer organization that performs music for seniors and children with special needs, and now, we are turning our attention to COVID-19. We are planning to have virtual concerts to share the healing powers of music during this difficult time. 

We are also organizing a campaign to help donate masks and other PPE to East Bay hospitals and other facilities with at-risk populations, and we would greatly appreciate your help. We have already bought some PPE, but with our limited budget, we can only buy so many.

Thank you for your generosity! Your monetary and PPE donations will help us fight the spread of COVID-19 in the highest risk groups in our community.



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