Beethoven, Quarantined

During the Spring 2020 pandemic lockdown, MIT music professor Evan Ziporyn transformed his Symphony Orchestra class (21M.421) into a remote, online learning experience at lightning speed. Absent the essentials of a space with good acoustics, access to instruments — and the physical presence of other musicians — Ziporyn and 40 undergraduates, now scattered across several countries, found new ways to make their music come alive.

Warm thanks to Professor Evan Ziporyn and the members of the Symphony Orchestra class, Spring 2020.

Still photographs by Jonathan Sachs, MIT SHASS Communications

Video sponsored by the Office of Dean Melissa Nobles
Video ©2020, Office of the Dean, MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences


Suggested links

Musical Institute of Technology
An online book about Music and the MIT Mission

MIT Symphony Orchestra

MIT Music and Theater Arts

Evan Ziporyn's MIT webpage