Grammy-nominated flautist and composer Nathalie Joachim spent a year working on a special project with her students at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City. The artist-in-residence and her 10th grade class were due to perform their piece of work in April, and then the coronavirus pandemic hit. But Joachim and her pupils found a way around it, each musician recording from their home with whatever devices they had available. Each week, they had a joyful musical moment together and created an album in the process. “It gave me a reason, a purpose to sort of get up and really put a smile on my face and give these kids hope, and they gave me hope too,” Joachim said. “I think maybe we needed it more than we knew at the time.”

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