Socially Distant But Emotionally Connected

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Patrick Schaefer

Patrick is Community Manager of Musicologie Westerville. He has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Otterbein University and teaches voice/piano lessons in both Westerville and Dublin. He is actively involved in Columbus' performing arts community, having done work with Short North Stage, Columbus Children's Theatre, CATCO, Imagine and Nina West!

My voice student Cynthia Vaughn is an absolute treasure and highlight of my Saturday mornings. Cynthia shines with a bright positivity, great ambition, and willingness to explore, as we work through all facets of her voice. Whether it’s bringing in original material or giving us a heartfelt rendition of “Close to You”, she always has a game plan. And I am always right there with her, to help her in any and every way I possibly can.

Since she works an extremely stressful job during the week, Cynthia enrolled in piano and voice lessons with Musicologie to tap into her creative sensibilities. She’s also discovered a safe space to grow her musical knowledge and ability, setting weekly mantras and objectives to help achieve her goals.

Recently with our shift to in-studio lessons, Cynthia and I agreed that it’d be nice to work on a few duets in real time. We were both craving that energy born out of in-person collaboration; something that is not happening as much these days. But of course in doing so, we strived for the safest and socially distant way possible.

“Shallow” from A Star Is Born is a piece we both connect with, as it truly encapsulates the collective disconnect felt in this pandemic. Yet, the song is so hopeful, and a perfect representation of our friendship. I’m so glad we took this video, and hope you enjoy!

Shallow

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