Learning the song In Flanders Field has been a long-standing and respected tradition for Upper School choir students at Lausanne.
This year, to ensure the custom remains and students can continue their singing passion, the upper schoolers have moved rehearsals from EPAC's stage to the outdoor amphitheater.
"I am so impressed with their flexibility, dedication and hard work ethic that has helped the choir to continue in this challenging time," said Upper School Choir Director Katie Shea.
Students have been meeting asynchronously with small groups for practice and singing with masks on so everyone can safely social distance as they sing.
"Practicing in the amphitheater hosts many challenges as it is loud in the mornings," said Mrs. Shea. "However, the students are rarely phased by the loudness and always maintain a high level of focus during class."
Traditionally, students have performed In Flanders Field arranged by Roger Emerson for the annual Veterans Day Program at Lausanne, but the song is currently being practiced for a secret project the choir has yet to unveil to the Lausanne community.
"We are using this piece for a unique but confidential plan that the choir is exceptionally excited about," said Mrs. Shea. "The treble singers in the ensemble are also learning a second piece titled Bring Me Little Water Silvy arranged by Moira Smiley that will be used in the project as well."
"It has been wonderful watching the choir students create beautiful music in the amphitheater," said PK-12 Grade Music Coordinator Tara West. "I cannot wait for them to uncover their musical plans with the Lausanne community."
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