Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 3

Before reading my post I strongly recommend watching Eric Whitacre’s Ted talk about his Virtual Choir. It’s only 14 minutes, and it’s probably the first time I’ve ever seen someone effectively communicate the sheer joy and beauty of singing in a choir. Just click on the link. You won’t regret it. After watching it I had to be a part of the next Virtual Choir, whenever that was.

I joined the mailing list and last month we all got our instructions about which piece we were doing and details about how to record and upload your entry. My plan was to practice right up until the January 31st deadline, and record my part the day before or some such. Then I remembered I was going to have a mouth full of ugly teeth as of January 12th.

So last Thursday I swam, blow dried my hair, and submitted my part. It was absolutely terrifying. I’m going to work very hard to describe it for my book, but the bottom line is: fear. Exposed to the world, “everyone is going to know how badly I sing” fear. Then euphoria. There is nothing like confronting something that terrifies you and doing it. Nothing.

Watch the video. If you want to do this too, go here.

Singing Virtual Choir 3 Part

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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5 thoughts on “Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 3

  1. I thought we were going to get a video, not a picture. Will have to wait for the finished video I guess. I’m impressed that you were able to take the risk and put yourself out there for all to see. Mazel tov.

  2. Thank you! Yeah, the video is on Eric Whitacre’s website now, and I don’t think they’re public.

    Mary, thank you! Are you going to do it??

  3. I’m going to try! I love this Requiem, and I haven’t found a group down here to sing with. Plus, I love GCCS too much!

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