Join our Virtual Choir

Add your voice to a unique, online Easter celebration!

Submissions are now closed. Thank you to all those who added your voices and instruments!

Join your voice or instrument for the Episcopal Church’s Easter Virtual Choir!

The Episcopal Church is creating a mass virtual choir video to be released on Easter Sunday. If you’re a choir member without a choir, a musician without an orchestra, or just someone who loves to sing and be part of the group, you’re who we need!

We’re looking for submissions from across the Church (and even beyond!) for this project.

To participate, download the music PDF and audio file for your voice or instrumental part. Play or sing along and send us your best video to be included in this special recording for Easter Day. We chose a familiar Easter hymn - The Strife is O'er - in hopes of getting the broadest participation possible. We look forward to showing off the whole Episcopal Church on Easter Sunday in a joyous celebration of the resurrection - a coming together to declare the Glory of God in the face of the grief of coronavirus and physical distancing. Please share this invitation widely!

This part is super important: We need your submissions by the end of the day on Friday, March 27.

What's a virtual choir?

We're glad you asked. A virtual choir is much like a regular choir - everyone sings their parts or plays their instruments and all the sounds are blended together in beautiful harmony. The only difference is, we're not in the same place! To make the magic happen, a team of video and audio engineers and editors will take your individual submissions (see below) and work their magic to turn it all into one incredible piece that we'll share with the world. 

Click here for an example that we didn't have anything to do with making, but we think is really cool.

Instructions

  1. There are eight voice parts to choose from - melody with low voices or high voices, and Choral parts: Soprano 1, 2, Alto, Tenor, Bass 1, 2, or if you prefer to play an instrument, we have sheet music and play-along tracks for 28 different instrument parts.

  2. All the parts are available in the next section of this page. (Don't skip ahead, though. Read the rest of the instructions first.)

  3. Please print the PDF for your vocal/instrumental part. For the singers, you’ll get the keyboard part printed under your vocal music so you know when to come in.

  4. Everyone participating should begin their video saying "three, four" in rhythm with the click-track they are hearing. This will help our sound engineers line up the tracks. Click here for an example of our musical director, Erik Meyer, recording an example of the low melody part.

  5. Every voice part will have an MP3 which plays a click track, piano part, and your own voice part played loudly.

  6. Record a video of yourself singing/playing while listening to the track (through headphones!) to help stay on tempo and pitch.

  7. Choir parts aren't hard but will require basic music reading or practice.

  8. Once you are happy with your recording, click the red "I'm Ready to Upload" button at the bottom of this page. Follow the simple upload instructions on the window that opens. Don't worry - if you're not sure how to get the best video, we've got some tips below, too.

    • When you name your file, use this standard naming convention:

      Your_Name_Your_Part.mp4 (or .mov, etc.) 

      Example: Bishop_Curry_Tuba.mp4

Remember - We need your files by Friday, March 27!

 


Vocal Parts

Click the button to download sheet music and a sing-along track for your vocal part.


Instruments

Click the button to download sheet music and a play-along track for your instrument.


Tips for recording a great video:

Record your video on your laptop, tablet, or phone.

If you're using a tablet or phone, make sure your phone is horizontal (landscape) and not vertical (portrait). If at all possible, use a tripod for your device or sit the device on something sturdy and stationery.

(Image from Livestream.com)

Find a quiet place and use an external microphone if you have one (but not required!).

You don't need to rent a studio to film your part. But, do your best to make sure the ambient noise (dishwashers, fire trucks, barking dogs, TVs, etc.) is at a minimum. The goal is to get a good, clean sound.

Use headphones to listen to the backing track you downloaded with the sheet music. You don't want that audio to be in your video - just your voice / instrument!

Position yourself in the center of the shot, and make sure you're filling up the frame.

Save your file.

Use any standard video file format. .mp4, .mov, .avi all work great.

When you name your file, use this standard naming convention:

Your_Name_Your_Part.mp4 (or .mov, etc.) 

Example: Bishop_Curry_Tuba.mp4

Submissions are now closed. Thank you to all those who added your voices and instruments!