The Music of the Mayflower: Reconstructing and performing communal music during a time of physical isolation

A Virtual Concert
Presented by Bianca Hall, D.M.A., Lecturer in Music, Old Dominion University, F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music

Using original prints of the music that passengers on the Mayflower brought with them, music they would have known, and music about mariners, this presentation demonstrates the resilience of individuals–not only those who braved the voyage across the Atlantic, but also of musicians now who, during this unique time of physical distancing due to COVID-19, continue to find ways to connect with others near and far. This virtual concert not only presents music for solo voice, vocal quartet, and voice with lute, but also includes the thoughts and experiences of the participating professional musicians and educators from across the US who, due to the restrictions of COVID-19, have used technology to rehearse and record their parts from their homes and create a virtual performance.


Bianca Hall (soprano)
Sandy Fryling (alto)
William Rowley (tenor)
Joel Nesvadba (bass)
Jason Yoshida (lute)

Sponsored by Arts@ODU, ODU Community Engagement, and ODU College of Arts & Letters, the Arts@ODU Summer Series was developed to facilitate community connections through free, accessible programming, to highlight the strength and resilience of the arts at ODU, and to lift spirits during this challenging time.

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