The teacher starts laughing as soon as they start singing. Meanwhile, two students bring in a cake for her to cut.
When students appreciate their teachers, they make sure to surprise them on any special occasion. Similarly, in a TikTok video posted by the teacher @cotyraven, her students can be seen singing "Happy Birthday" in the same tune as "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff. The teacher starts laughing as soon as they start singing. Meanwhile, two students bring in a cake for her to cut. The overlay text reads, "If 'Happy Birthday' was sung like 'O Fortuna.'" The video also mentions that it is the Rose and Thorn Choir from Portland State University that is performing.
The video soon went viral with 3.5 million views. It is captioned, "I really didn't think they could surprise me again! CCCOOOOTY RAVEN MO-O-RIIIISSS! Thank you for the birthday love!!!!!" Many enjoyed the beautiful performance by the choir. @_DownBad_ commented, "I want this so baaad omg best birthday ever." @JonathanRoth wrote, "Those appropriate for all birthday after your 30s." @cryptidginger expressed, "This is how I want happy birthday sung to me from now on." @puckgender pointed out, "As someone who hates being sung happy birthday this is the only version I will accept." @r.fun wrote, "As a person in love with minor keys, I would be obsessed with this. Also the dramatics."
The same video was posted on Reddit by u/davudwallacecto. It has more than 16k upvotes and is captioned, "Happy birthday for the chorus teacher just got more dramatic." u/extopico commented, "She must be one awesome teacher. The chorus was perfect." u/sternshar wrote, "I loved the piece they chose, but most of all, her reaction." u/eucalyptus pointed out, "Oh that’s Coty Raven Morris!! I heard her speak at ACDA this year. She’s an amazing human and incredible teacher." u/JuniorEmu2629 expressed, "Her laughing so hard she did the classic desk slap is amazing. What an awesome thing to do."
Student surprises are the best. In a similar story, an orchestra playing Beethoven's "Eroica" switch to "Happy Birthday" for their conductor, and it's probably the most beautiful rendition of Happy Birthday ever played. The orchestra conductor, Sir Roger Norrington, gets emotional quickly and can be seen fighting back tears as he watches his orchestra perform. He keeps looking at each of the musicians and the video ends with the caption, "What could be better on your birthday than a surprise gift of music?" The video was posted on TikTok by @classicfm.
The orchestra that is seen playing is Germany's SWR Symphony Orchestra. Many on TikTok were awestruck by the orchestra's performance for the conductor. @jaclymichelle83 pointed out, "I love how he is watching them like it is his first time hearing an orchestra!!! BRAVO!!!" User @benjic01 expressed, "This piece made my morning! Watched it like 6 times. He will never forget this moment, one of the greatest gifts to a conductor."
Yet another user @aegreen275 wrote, "I can only imagine how magical this moment felt to be in the perfect center of this loving music," and @coletheeupher commented, "I can’t stop watching… The arrangement is incredible, the performance is world-class, and this might just be the most wholesome thing I’ve ever seen." @crackshotcleric echoed every viewer's sentiments: "That must have been the best gift he could have received. The opportunity to actually EXPERIENCE a piece totally anew. A rare thing for any expert."