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Educators And Professionals Adapt To Keep Music Alive During The Pandemic

Jeffrey Funderburk
Instrument ensemble at UNI practice behind barriers to manage spread of COVID-19

It’s hard to make music when a deadly virus is making the rounds.

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe is joined by maestros and educators from the symphony, college and K-12 level to explore how the pandemic is impacting the state’s music community. Also, a look at a handful of innovative programs aimed at keeping music safe and accessible for creators and patrons alike.

Later in the program, a conversation with Shannon Ramsay, founding president of Trees Forever. Following the derecho storm earlier this month, Trees Forever started Planting Hope Tree Recover, a fundraising initiative aimed at replanting and restoring trees lost to, or damaged by the storm that blew across Iowa and Western Illinois.


  • Joseph Giunta, music director, Des Moines Symphony
  • Tim Hankewich, music director, Orchestra Iowa
  • Jeff Funderburk, professor and director of University of Northern Iowa’s School of Music
  • Kevin Brown, director of 7th and 8th grade bands, Northwest Junior High in Iowa City
  • Shannon Ramsay, founding president, Trees Forever