ICTE Chorus: Staying Connected

On 31 March 2020, the ICTE Chorus hosted their first virtual choir event via Zoom. More than 30 students and teachers joined from their homes across Brisbane and around the world.

ICTE Chorus alumni members Kasun and his Dad joined from Sri Lanka, Kaho joined from Nagoya, Mina, Eri and Yukari from Tokyo, Yesenia from Chile, Django from China and so many others from our Chorus community were able to stay connected during this unprecedented time in our college history.

Choir Director and ICTE Teacher, Ms Vicki Bos, led the choir rehearsal with Assistant Choir Director, Ms Nao Uehara, and Event Producer and ICTE Teacher, Ms Fiona Wiebusch supporting the online event. Choir members joined together in song, performing Rachel Platten’s, ‘Fight Song’ - an anthem to empower each other in friendship and language learning.

“As an international student in Australia right now, it's hard to feel connected to other people,” Nao said. “I’m really happy that we kept Chorus going and we can all be together through music.”

“It was wonderful to see everyone pop up online from lounge rooms or bedrooms all over the world,” Fiona said. “Some students we hadn’t seen for years were able to come back and sing with us.”

To create the final video of the performance, individual students recorded video clips on their mobile phones. ICTE alumnus, Ms Carolina Del Mar, used her skills as a documentary filmmaker in her native Colombia to edit the chorus clips together into a beautiful film.

“Chorus has always been my favourite place in Australia. It makes me feel safe and happy. It was my pleasure to be able to give something back to my ICTE Chorus family.” said Carolina.

“Music has always brought us together but now, more than ever,” said Vicki. “The ICTE Chorus has always been a space for making connections, growing friendships and building communities. Conducting our online rehearsals and making our choir videos has helped us find a new way to do that - to stay together while we have to be apart.”

Check out the ICTE Chorus Facebook page for details of upcoming events! Rehearsals are on Mondays at 7.30pm (AEST). The latest songs include 'Lean on Me' by Bill Withers and 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen.

 

Last updated:
5 May 2020