Chorale students adjust to practicing during pandemic

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If you drive into a parking ramp, you might expect to here a few things; footsteps echoing or a car engine whirring to life. But one thing you wouldn’t expect to hear, is singing.

The University Chorale, made up of 15 graduate students, went from practicing in a classroom to a concrete structure known as the Kellogg Center parking ramp.

This outdoor structure was the perfect acoustic and socially distanced space choir director David Rayl could think of. And the members of the choir also found it suitable as long as they could sing again. The only thing missing was being able to perform in front of an audience.

Rod Sanford was riding his bike through campus and passed by the Kellogg ramp. He heard the choir singing and decided to ride up into the ramp to check it out.

“It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard,” Sanford said.

He decided to capture their sound in a video and posted it to social media. But he had no idea his video would get the kind of response it did.