A virtual choir is a group of people separated geographically but brought together by music. Each person records themselves singing separately and then all the parts are brought together to create a beautiful piece of music. These ensembles were made popular by Eric Whitacre back in 2009. If you want to see an example click here.

It began in 2009 as a simple experiment in social media when one young woman – a fan of Eric’s music – recorded a video of herself singing “Sleep” and shared it on YouTube.  Moved by the video, Eric responded by sending a call out to his online fans to purchase Polyphony’s recording, record themselves singing along to it, and upload the result. Eric was so impressed by the result that he decided to push the concept to the next level by recording himself conducting ‘Lux Aurumque’, asking Virtual Choir members to sing along to that and the first Virtual Choir was created.

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We want to bring the LMTI community together through song and celebrate our 30 years of existence in New Jersey! Whether you were part of the first group of campers ever when we were called TIGS or you just attended this past summer we want you to participate! Whether you have attended the Summer Leadership Conference 20+ in some capacity or you are the parent or friend of someone who has attended an Teen Institute event we want you to participate! Whether you are from the Teen Institutes in New Jersey, Georgia, Long Island, Ohio, or wherever else, we want you to participate! Whether you are a professional singer at the Met Opera or you just think you sound like one in the shower, we want you to participate! Follow along and sing the music! It will be fun for us all! For our first ever LMTI Virtual Choir we are going to be singing “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten!

Instructions

The concept is very simple and as long as we all follow the same directions it will remain simple for everyone! There are 6 videos of the music, each for a different voice part; Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Solo, and Full Choir. In those videos the part that you pick will be louder than the rest so you can learn that voice part. Practice it and when you feel ready, record yourself singing that part with the music playing in your headphones. Once you have a recording you like send it over to us and we will do the rest! Some quick instructions before you record:

Make Sure Your Face Is Well Lit

Please make sure your face is well lit. We want to be able to see your beautiful face singing in all its glory. So the room shouldn’t be too dark and any light should be coming from behind the camera, not from behind you.

Please Wear Plain Clothing

Please wear plain clothing. This means no logos, images, or saying on the shirts. The only except is if you want to wear a TI related shirt! Otherwise please refrain from other imagery on your clothing.

Make Sure Your Room Is Quiet

Please make sure wherever you are recording is a quiet place. Fans, heaters, children, birds, dogs, and nuclear power plants all make a lot of noise and it makes it harder to hear you. So do your best to eliminate other noises that may come up in your recording. Please also stay away from any reverb or echo sound effects or areas where those effects may occur naturally.

Wear Your Headphones

When recording yourself make sure you are wearing headphones. The only thing we want to hear on your recording is your singing. Sing along with the headphones in so you can get all the notes and timings correct.

File Types

File types like .wmv, .mp4, .dv, and .avi will all be supported and are generally easier to send to other people. If you get a recording that is not one of those file types just send it to Ryan anyway and if there is an issue he will work to resolve it with you.

Please Reach Out!

If you want to do this but you are unsure of how to get started or you have any questions reach out to Ryan at ryan@lmteeninstitute.org and he will be glad to help you!

Have Fun!

Have fun with it! Even if you are reading the music the entire time do it with a smile, do a little dance! Even if you mess up just a little as long as you are having fun it will come across in your voice and your face, and that is all we want!

Submissions

When you are ready to submit your videos send an e-mail to ryan@lmteeninstitute.org. Attach the file and use the header “LMTI Virtual Choir Submission.” And in the e-mail let us know your name, what years you attended TI and in what capacity, and whatever else you want us to know about you!

If you want to, feel free to record and send in more than one part! We will do our best to feature everyone in whatever part they send. If you want to sing the Solo part but not be featured as a soloist in the video please let us know in your e-mail.

All submissions should be e-mailed to Ryan by June 16, 2017.

Videos

We will provide all the videos below or you can check them out on our YouTube page here.