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Jason Bergman (trumpet), Jared Pierce (piano) and Alex Woods (violin) performed a hymn that they previously recorded together for recently released album “Be Still My Soul: Songs of Hope and Inspiration”

As COVID-19 and social distancing keep musicians from gathering as ensembles and collaborators, BYU School of Music faculty members are getting creative in finding alternative means to perform and enjoy music together.

“I was really missing performing, and I also missed collaborating with my dear friends and colleagues,” said trumpet professor Jason Bergman. “I reached out to Jared Pierce and Alex Woods to see if they would be interested in doing a video — separately, from our living rooms.”

The three previously played together on Bergman’s recently released album of hymns performed on trumpet, with Pierce joining on piano and Woods on violin for Rob Gardner’s “Savior, Redeemer of My Soul.” The arrangement was a natural choice for their virtual collaboration.

Bergman, Pierce and Woods performed and filmed their parts individually in their own homes. Bergman then edited their recordings together as a music video in preparation for the April 2020 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Our motives were simple: to work on an uplifting project during challenging times, to share something spiritually impactful during Conference weekend and to fill the void from not being able to perform or collaborate in person,” said Bergman. “It was a great project, and we have more coming in the days and weeks ahead.”

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