Anyone Can Participate in Virtual Choir with Voices from Around the World

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More than 2,000 people from 58 countries around the world participated in the 2011 “Virtual Choir 2.0” singing Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep” (the first Virtual Choir, Virtual Choir 1.0, “Lux Aurumque”, happened last year). The brain child of composer Eric Whitacre – who also produced and conducted both virtual choirs, the virtual chorale concept is a brilliant leveraging of YouTube, and the finished recording of the virtual chorus (see links below) is absolutely incredible – it sounds like you are in a vast concert hall filled with an incredible choir! And best of all, nearly anybody who can carry a tune can participate!

Here’s how it works – Mr. Whitacre records himself conducting the piece to be performed (such as last year’s “Lux Aurumque”, and this year’s “Sleep”) with piano accompaniment, and posts it to YouTube, along with a link to download the sheet music. Then anybody who wants to participate in the virtual choir downloads the music, records themselves singing their part (self-selected as Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1, Alto 2, Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Bass 1, or Bass 2 – everybody sings the entire song), and uploads their very best take to YouTube.


Then Whitacre and his team take all of the uploaded videos, and stitch the performances into one unified performance, with each of the singer’s image featured at one point or another throughout the finished video piece. He says that to date, there has never been a singer’s offering that wasn’t used.

Want to sign up (or even just think about signing up) for Virtual Choir 3? Go here.

It really is incredible, and has to be seen, and here it is:

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Sleep – Virtual Choir 2011

 

Lux Aurumque – Virtual Choir 2010

 

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