Spartan Spotlight: Making Music While Practicing Social Distance

Photo of Sarah Coffman

Sarah Coffman, a third-year Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) student in the Department of Music’s Historical Performance Practice program, said she can’t stay sane without playing Renaissance music. While practicing social distance in her family’s Chicago home, she has no colleagues with whom to perform it. So she came up with a clever alternative.

Using the Acapella app, Coffman recorded five parts of a piece of Renaissance music by herself, three on viola da gamba and two by singing. The piece is William Byrd’s “Turn Our Captivity” from his Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets (1611).

Watch and listen to her performance.