Music for Social Distancing (2020)

unspecified remote ensemble
performing over videoconference


Music for Social Distancing p 1

Music for Social Distancing was written during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. During this time, musicians are struggling to find ways to perform music together while also respecting the critical importance of remaining in their separate physical places. Limitations of the available technology (and physics) currently prevent us from performing together, listening to one another, and responding with care and immediacy in the ways that we are used to. At the same time, videoconferencing platforms have quickly become socially ubiquitous. Music for Social Distancing is intended for performance over a remote videoconference and adapts to some of the unique challenges of that performance environment. Players still listen carefully and react to one another, but in a different way than they would in a traditional chamber performance.

Program note and performance instructions

Technical information and recommendations (actively maintained)


Millikin University faculty ensemble, conducted by Corey Seapy

Plano West Senior High School Chamber Orchestra Quartet, conducted by Ryan Ross

This piece is currently in beta. You have my permission and encouragement to download, share and perform it. If you want to give it a go in a performance or reading session, I’d love to hear about how it goes. If you have any questions about the score or instructions, please let me know.