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Webinars for Professional Development in the Arts Series 11: Virtual performance on YouTube: Expanding our concept of “ensemble”

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This talk is part of the 11th series of webinars for Professional Development in the Arts.

Musical ensembles are often synchronic, having a uniqueness in time and location: orchestras rehearse together and perform in halls, choruses prepare their music under the direction of a conductor and sing at concerts, and rock bands jam in garages to get ready for their gigs at local taverns. Yet, with the emergence of affordable audio-video recording devices and editing software, musicians are developing virtual ensembles that are not bound by location and time. Video makers are using websites like YouTube to produce virtual ensembles that are created through asynchronous interactions and music making. From massive virtual choirs to multitrack one-person bands, YouTube has provided a space for musicians to perform and share their music in ways that challenge our society and profession to expand their conception of performance, audience, and ensemble. Virtual subsets of society have already embraced asynchronous communications and music making into their performance practices. This lecture problematizes these terms by exploring recent research and theory in music education, sound studies, and media scholarship. By reconceptualising traditional musical terms in a time when virtual interactions are so prevalent that we can expand our understanding of how musicians can perform in the digital age.

Christopher Cayari holds a Ph.D. and M.M.E. in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. He is the director-producer of Wisconsin Singers and an associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Christopher’s research interests include mediated musical performance, YouTube, informal music learning, virtual communities, and online identity. He is an avid YouTube video creator. Christopher regularly publishes online performances, tutorials, and vlogs. He enjoys collaborating with his students to make user-generated content for YouTube.

This talk is part of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars series.

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