Composer Eric Whitacre Assembles “Virtual Choir 2.0″

Eric Whitacre premieres his Virtual Choir 1.0 at a TED conference.(Photo: Suzie Katz)
Eric Whitacre premieres his Virtual Choir 1.0 at a TED conference.(Photo: Suzie Katz)

For the second year in a row, composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has assembled the world’s largest virtual choir.

Whitacre says he had hoped to recruit 900 people for “Virtual Choir 2.0″ but over 2,000 people contributed videos of themselves singing their respective parts of his choral work Sleep.

Watch: Whitacre describes the Virtual Choir project’s inception.

“It all started with this one young girl who sent me this video of herself singing one of my choral pieces and I was struck so hard by the beauty, the intimacy of it, the sweetness of it. And I thought, ‘boy it would be amazing if we could get a hundred people to do this and cut it all together and make a virtual choir.’”

And here’s the result, a performance of Whitacre’s Sleep edited together from video clips submitted by over 2,000 people who contributed via YouTube from over 58 countries.

 

 

 

 

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