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The College Student Behind the “What the World Needs Now” Viral Video

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Forbes

On March 14, Shelbie Rassler (B.M. '20), a composition major in her senior year at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, flew home to Fort Lauderdale, Florida as the coronavirus was shutting down the campus she loved. An ambitious 22-year-old who has written music for a Lexus commercial and a PBS documentary, she was shaken and upset.

How College Dance Programs Are Adapting to the New Online-Learning Normal

Monday, March 30, 2020 Dance Magazine

Thousands of dance teachers have started teaching online in the midst of COVID-19, but in academia, professors face many additional restraints. At Boston Conservatory at Berklee, faculty members can upload videos—including their own choreography—to a private YouTube channel and the communicate with students through Google Hangouts.

Coronavirus Quarantine Can’t Silence the Arts

Friday, March 27, 2020 Boston Herald

Boston Conservatory senior Shelbie Rassler (B.M. '20, composition) turned to music to help her though these difficult days. The 22-year-old composition major and saxophonist organized a virtual orchestra of 74 fellow students and alumni performing, “What the World Needs Now is Love.”

Berklee Students Make Virtual Orchestra and Sing 'What The World Needs Now Is Love'

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Good Morning America

While on her way home from Boston to Florida, Boston Conservatory senior Shelbie Rassler (B.M. '20, composition) had the idea to organize a virtual orchestra with 74 classmates. Students from Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee formed a virtual orchestra to perform a touching remake of Burt Bacharach's 1960s classic song "What the World Needs Now is Love."

Watch: 'What the World Needs Now is Love' Performed Virtually by Over 70 Artists

Monday, March 23, 2020 Boston.com

People are finding different ways to come together, even if social distancing is keeping everyone apart. For Shelbie Rassler (B.M. '20), a composition major at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, that meant getting over 70 of her fellow musicians together virtually for a rendition of “What the World Needs Now is Love” by Burt Bacharach.

A Quick Musical Interlude

Monday, March 23, 2020 Boston Magazine

You need to watch this incredible video, made by a Berklee student, of a “virtual orchestra” performing Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now.” We can thank Shelbie Rassler (B.M. '20, composition), a Boston Conservatory at Berklee student majoring in composition, for getting 70 of her peers to contribute their talents while socially distancing from one another after their time in school together came to an abrupt end.

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