• SCASD Virtual Music Showcase entry for PenSPRA Excellence in Education Communications Contest. Please see descripton below the video.  

    Springtime is typically when many of our district musical performances take place. However, in 2020, all performances were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We started brainstorming how we might be able to do some type of virtual performance even though school was fully remote and the students would never physically be together. 

    We came up with the idea of doing a districtwide musical showcase for all K-12 students. As we started to bring our music teachers into the conversation, it seemed that while this would be an interesting event, something was missing. At this point, the appeal would mostly be just to parents of the students and we wanted it to be more than that. Obviously, music faculty could also perform but again, that’s kind of expected. Then, the lightbulb went off. We knew of a couple of other non-faculty staff members who were musically talented, and so it was born.

    We would do a districtwide State College Area School District virtual music showcase that featured students and music faculty but also “special guests.” These were people like our director of special education, a building principal, and a physical education teacher. We felt that adding these traditionally non-music people to the showcase would bring universal appeal to the production. 

    A districtwide search was conducted to find acts for the show. Each participant had to record themselves with a one minute time limit.  

    Video production was difficult because every video was recorded in a different way in people’s homes. Video quality was often poor, and many videos needed to be taken out of the show or redone. Editing the sound to be consistent throughout the entire video took countless hours. 

    The 53-minute production consisted of 70 acts with over 100 performers. Every one of our 14 schools was represented in some way with either students, faculty or staff. The final video was presented with the theme of a movie premiere. It was set up on YouTube as a premiere on a Friday night at 7 p.m. Our superintendent opened the show dressed in a tuxedo! We did an advertising campaign communitywide to invite people to join the show. 

    In the end, it was an incredible success and embraced and loved by the entire community. About 1,000 people tuned in to watch it live. At the time, the pandemic was difficult for many members of our community. The showcase brought our community together for one night to forget about the virus for a little while, and be entertained and have pride for our district.

Last Modified on February 26, 2021