Firestone Performing Arts Students Still Perform

Protocols No Deterrent For Our Artists
Posted on 09/23/2021
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It’s not easy keeping K-12 students and staff safe from COVID-19 as the delta variant storms through communities. It’s especially challenging at a high school where the arts is the focus; and singing, acting and playing instruments are part of the curriculum.

Students at Firestone Community Learning Center, home of the Akron School of the Arts, are loving being back in person after almost a year of remote learning. And the staff is doing everything they can to make sure the kids remain COVID safe.

Watching Firestone Choir Director Megan Meyer lead the bass choir in a rendition of the barbershop standard “Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby,” you can see the safety protocols in place.

With sheet music in their hands, about 25 students stand at their chairs, six feet apart from each other. Keeping that distance while singing in a choir is not ideal, according to Meyer.

“When you're in a choir, you're usually shoulder to shoulder, where you can hear and blend. And so that's something to get used to. And you have to become a very independent singer, which is good in its own way, but a challenge for young singers,” Meyer said. Read more here >>.

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