Stanford voice faculty Nova Jiménez has spent nearly every weekend since last May performing "sidewalk serenades" for frontline workers and isolated individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jiménez, a soprano, says she’s performed more than 50 outdoor serenades during the pandemic for E.R. doctors and nurses, mail workers, nursery school kids, teachers, and senior living facilities.
On Monday, February 22nd, San Francisco's KQED FM included Nova's story in a 30 minute segment called "Singing Through A Pandemic" on the morning talk show, Forum. Show host Rachael Myrow welcomed Chloe Veltman, arts and culture reporter at KQED; Nova Jiménez; and Kent Jue, artistic and executive director of Ragazzi Boys Chorus, to discuss how Bay Area singers are finding safe ways to bring live singing to audiences.
And a week ago, The California Report, another regular show on KQED, highlighted one of Nova's sidewalk appearances at Channing House, a retirement community in Palo Alto, where residents appeared on their balconies and in the parking lot to listen.