What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Virtual Choir



Eric Whitacre

A few weeks ago, I posted about an amateur choir in Belgium. The second video in that post was of the choir singing a piece written and conducted by Eric Whitacre.

Whitacre’s piece really stuck with me, so I decided to go back and do a little research. I came across the composer/conductor’s TedTalk, and down the rabbit hole I went… Whitacre’s music is very soothing and lush and lovely, and when he got the idea to put it out into the universe, asking YouTube singers to record their parts for a virtual choir, he did something magical.

He’s an incredibly charismatic guy, and very interesting, so I’ll let him tell you.

(Here’s the full version of the video if you’d like to see it.)

And as if that weren’t enough magic, a year later, the composer brought together, via Skype, no less, another virtual choir, this time singing live with a flesh-and-blood choir for a live Ted audience. I love how Whitacre’s mind works!

And now Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir is just a thing that happens on a happily regular basis!

There’s even a youth choir, with proceeds going to UNICEF!

You can keep up on what Whitacre’s up to on his website.


Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

22 thoughts on “Virtual Choir

  1. I was hooked when he mentioned Depeche Mode (the first band I saw). I shed tears several times, the first when he mentioned the transformation hearing a choir sing Mozart’s Requiem. This has struck a deep note in me on many levels. Thank you for posting it. I think Whitacre found his fame. What a wonderful use of technology.

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  2. Amazing! The creativity and the talent to put this together–I’m so impressed. Thank you for posting.

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  3. This just replaced my number one favorite Choir. As I have said before I get my bowl of cercil, cup of coffee and go looking for the email for my OBT daily fix. I thought that I had already found my number one but at least time a week she finds these wonder new number ones. THANKS = Hal

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  4. Oh my goodness. You come up with some really interesting and good stuff but this takes the cake. I really need to get out more and scroll the internet. I love this. thank you.

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  5. Chills and tears.
    Brahms and Verdi wrote pretty good Requiems, too.

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  6. So so cool. Beyond cool. Thanks for sharing what you found down that rabbit hole!

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