Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir

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.

5 thoughts on “Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir

  1. Sarah says:

    Hey, Rob got me interested in this recently! In fact, we were just watching the TED video last night so I could see the latest virtual choir.

    I love how he describes being in a choir for the first time and seeing in color versus black and white. I can identify with the awesome feeling of connectedness that comes from singing or playing an instrument with a group. It’s extremely powerful!

    • Melissa says:

      You should audition for the next one that he has! Didn’t you love that part about the Alaskan wife who auditioned? That was the part where I cried!

  2. Rob says:

    Oh wow, I love Whitacre! So weird, like Sarah said. Just listened to the 2K choir last night.

    He’s sort of a choral rock star. Good for popular exposure to choral music. His TED talk intro about how he fell in love with choral music really sums it up nicely for the choir geeks! The second you hear and participate in a large body of voices — you’re stuck.

    So does this mean you’re going to join a choir, Mel?

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