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Making Music — at a Distance

Submitted by Humanities Web Project on May 3, 2020 - 5:00pm
Tim Salzman conducting the UW Wind Ensemble
Tim Salzman conducting the UW Wind Ensemble

Timothy Salzman had big plans for the UW Wind Ensemble for 2020. He had organized the 54-member ensemble’s first-ever tour of South Korea, with performances scheduled in three Korean cities over spring break. Then the coronavirus hit and the trip was canceled. Before long, Wind Ensemble on-campus rehearsals and concerts were canceled as well, as all UW faculty were required to teach their courses remotely.

“It was gut-wrenching,” recalls Salzman, professor of music, director of concert bands, and conductor of the Wind Ensemble in the UW School of Music. “We’d put together a wonderful program for Korea. Not only did the students not get to go, but nearly two...

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