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The Voces de la Universidad CES choir, created in 2017, had in 2020 to accommodate its rehearsals, classes and face-to-face presentations to virtuality, with the complex challenge of keeping its members and ensuring that the voice, the main input of its work, continue to be heard from mobile devices.

Photography: Coro Voces

Photography: Courtesy Coro Voces

Maestro Carlos Andrés Restrepo Espinosa, director of the Voces choir, explains that more than a challenge, accommodating a choir to virtuality is 'impossible', so the adaptation of his group to the screens focused more on music theory, with reading classes, listening training and art history.

The choirs were made for acoustics, for space, so that the sound bounces and the voice vibrates in a place where people decided not to stay at home but to go out to meet the other”, Declared the teacher Restrepo.

Despite this complex reality, the group did not lose any of its 15 members. In addition, he managed to invite former members, who returned to the rehearsals from a distance and participated in some of the presentations that were broadcast on social networks.

This was difficult because we are used to all singing in harmony, to being guided by what we do together. Now we had to sing alone and for the montages we have to do a good job of editing so that it was heard well. Even so, we do not detach ourselves from what we like to do so much, because we are very passionate about the group”, Explained Daniela Ocampo Ospina, Biology student and member of the choir since its inception.

During these months the choir published 2 songs: the waltz They all come back Y Coil, traditional music from the Colombian Pacific. It also set music to a story written by one of its members and individual pieces by some of its members were mounted.

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