October 26, 2021

Hindsight 2020: The performer

By: Mykayla Capeles

For 2009 School of Music graduate Rebecca Krynski Cox, an adjustment to her career allowed her to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cox is currently a member of the Fest Ensemble at the Luzerner Theater in Switzerland. Just a week after her graduation, she played the role of Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with her husband, Jason Cox.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Cox thought it would last only a week. It wasn’t until a month in that Cox and her husband started to think about their future in singing. They knew that music would help people who were depressed and couldn’t leave their houses or be with their families, so they went to them.

“We would go to apartment complexes that had an interior courtyard area and would post flyers saying, “Come to your balcony at 3 p.m. and we will have a concert for you.” Cox said, “We sang at nursing homes, and we sang outside a hospital. We tried to reach communities that we felt could be uplifted through performances.” 

Cox understands the difficulties of the pandemic but came to realize just how happy she was singing and having that be her full-time job.

Read the full story, written by Page Ivey, on the university website.

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