EWU choir students, missing their usual rehearsals and performances this spring quarter due to the COVID-19 pandemic, recorded songs for their fellow Eagles to enjoy. The three video project includes the Star-Spangled Banner, the EWU Alma Mater and the EWU Fight Song.

Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah, a professor of choral studies at Eastern, pulled the videos together. She says even though the choir groups have not had a single live rehearsal this quarter due to the coronavirus restrictions, they wanted to do something for the campus community.

“We wanted to be of service to the university and share a meaningful piece that could be enjoyed now and down the road,” Ploeger-Hekmatpanah says about the national anthem recording.

The choir students each made their own videos during the first weeks of spring quarter classes. Ploeger-Hekmatpanah did the audio editing for the video compilations. Adam Harum ‘10, a graduate of Eastern’s film program now at ILF Media Productions in Spokane, did the video editing for the first two videos.

In honor of Memorial Day, EWU Choirs invite you to enjoy their performance of The Star-Spangled Banner:


The EWU Alma Mater was written by EWU Music’s Professor Emeritus, George Lotzenhiser and arranged by Ploeger-Hekmatpanah:


A special thanks to Eric Galey, a multimedia supervisor at Eastern, who helped with the video and editing of Go, Eagles, Go!: