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  • Writer's pictureAlaina Chester

Online Residency at Weinberg Terrace (PA)

September 2020 - May 2021

Before the pandemic hit, the collaborative chamber group I was part of, Ears Engaged, had planned a residency with Weinberg Terrace, a Jewish senior assisted living community in Pittsburgh. Ears Engaged was part of Iris Music Project's musician training program. Iris Music Project is a grassroots organization that cultivates collaborative relationships between residents of healthcare communities, caregivers and professional musicians. They are helping interested musicians replicate their performance/residence model across the country.

Luckily, our residency was able to continue online. We created monthly interactive/themed concerts performed live over Zoom or streamed, short videos called Musical Moments three times a week, and did one-on-one zoom calls with a few of their residents every week. It was a great experience curating so many concerts for one community, learning how to edit videos and record ourselves remotely. Of course having to work solely online came with many challenges, but I feel lucky we were able to relate to others through music and accomplish what we did during such a hard year.

Flute, Theresa Abalos

Clarinet, Christopher (CJ) Corbett

Bassoon, Casey Stamm

Piano, Casey Stamm

Here are some highlights!

Thanksgiving Video:


Our rendition of Bai Mir Bistu Shén:

Snow by Irving Berlin:

An example of one of my Musical Moments, 'Waltz of the Flowers':


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