Oral Histories

Interview of Christoph Bull

UCLA Adjunct Professor for organ and University Organist.
COVID project
COVID-19 Pandemic
Biographical Note:
UCLA Adjunct Professor for organ and University Organist.
Collings, Jane
Bull, Christoph
Persons Present:
Bull and Collings
Place Conducted:
Because of the necessity of restricting personal contact during the COVID-19 pandemic, the interview was conducted via the Zoom video conferencing platform.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library’s Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Jane Collings, interviewer and series coordinator, UCLA Center for Oral History Research; Ph.D., Critical Studies in Film and Television, UCLA.
Processing of Interview:
The transcript is a verbatim transcription of the recording as transcribed by a machine transcribing program and audit-edited by student staff. The interviewee was given an opportunity to review the transcript but made no corrections or additions.
1 hr
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
Interviews that reflect the experiences and the thoughts of members of the UCLA campus community on the topic of the COVID-19 pandemic . A number of Angelenos from the broader LA community participated in the project as well. Because of stipulations in legal agreements and other reasons, some oral histories in this series cannot be made available on line but are available on site at the UCLA Library. Please contact the Library Special Collections reference desk for further information.
First learning about COVID-19--Reactions to pandemic in Germany--Impact on work at UCLA and First Congregational Church of Los Angeles--Livestreaming church services--Embracing technology as a musician--Impact on music students--Work as University Organist--More on remote church services and work at First Congregational Church--Socializing during the pandemic--Keeping in touch with mother in Germany--Benefits of livestreaming and Zoom--Son’s experience with online learning--More on American and German reactions to pandemic--Trust in public health and government officials--Handling the pandemic well as an individual--Pandemic bringing people together--Challenges of teaching remotely--Hope for systemic changes--Uniqueness of 2020 racial justice movement and pandemic--Being sustained by music and family--Hope to visit family in Germany post-pandemic--Continuing to take precautions against contagious diseases in the future