Have you heard of composer Eric Whitacre’s virtual choir? If not, you are in for a treat. It all started with a fan who sang one of his pieces and uploaded it to you tube. He was inspired by her idea and decided to create a virtual choir by uniting voices from disparate places, ages, and backgrounds. He sent out a video of himself conducting the song, and then had people audition with their specific parts. All the videos were then consolidated into one glorious result. They now have two full classical pieces completed. Remember each individual part was recorded separately in homes all over the world, from Alaska to Italy. His latest piece included over 2,000 different voices and 58 different countries.
To hear him tell the story live, check out this video. Yes, I cried.
The songs–watch both of them–they are beautiful. It’s amazing how technology can be used to unite people when used effectively.