MAYFIELD, Ohio – Closing a chapter in their life with a special choir, students at Mayfield High School have found a creative way to say goodbye while dealing with the emotional fallout from COVID-19.
The dry-erase board inside the choir room marks the moment in March when the singing came to a screeching halt.
âChoral singing is inherently a group activity,â said Brian Fancher, director of the Mayfield High Choir.
With the last few weeks of their senior year gone, more than half a dozen recent graduates have found a way to reunite despite social distancing.
âHearing my voice among this group of people once again, it was so touching,â said Maggie Hall.
To maintain the tradition of a vocal performance at Mayfield’s graduation ceremony, which is going virtual this year, Fancher has started collecting videos of his students performing a song from the hit Broadway musical “Dear Evan. Hansen “.
The original plan was to mix up all the music videos of them singing “You Will Be Found”.
âIt’s really hard to emulate from a distance,â Fancher said.
Weeks later, Fancher overheard the company producing the virtual graduation party, asking what they could do to help.
It was the tipping point for production.
âI had no idea what it was going to become,â Fancher said.
With a barren school campus as a backdrop, the seniors performed the song with lyrics that hit home.
âEven when darkness descends on you, when you need a friend to carry you, and when you are broken on the floor, you will be found,â said choir member Brie Mosley.
A much needed reminder, not only for these elderly people struggling with loss, but for all those who have felt isolated and emotional during this pandemic.
âThe song goes from that lonely tone to that kind of hope and coming together. I hope we can get this message across to the student body, âsaid Nickolas Korzhiletsky, another choir member.
Another line from the song leaving a lasting impression on these young adults is “out of the shadows the morning rises and everything is new”.
âWhen this is all over, we’ll be a so much stronger bunch of people,â Hall said.
While that wasn’t how they wanted to end their high school journey, the video performance brought the students together in a unique way that they otherwise wouldn’t have had.
âThe end product is truly amazing,â Fancher said.