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Submissions for Virtual Choir 5 closed on July 1, 2018

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Submissions for Virtual Choir 5 closed on July 1, 2018

The Virtual Choir is a global phenomenon, creating a user-generated choir that brings together singers from around the world and their love of music in a new way through the use of technology. Singers record and upload their videos from locations all over the world. Each one of the videos is then synchronized and combined into one single performance to create the Virtual Choir.

VC5 will take part in a performance of Deep Field, Eric Whitacre’s work for symphony orchestra, chorus and electronica, inspired by one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time – the Deep Field images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Their discovery is a tale of human aspiration, endeavor, wonder and extraordinary scientific vision.

We wanted to make this Virtual Choir as accessible as possible so singers didn’t need to read music to participate. Through Eric’s video tutorials, singers practiced, recorded and submitted their parts – it’s as simple as that. There were new vocal parts for Deep Field written by Eric especially for VC5 to float above the existing orchestral, choral and electronica tracks. Also, for the first time ever, we made it possible for you to record your video on a mobile device. The Deep Field film is currently being created by a team of gifted creatives, scientists and imagineers at the Space Telescope Science Institute and 59 Productions. The film will be released late in 2018. As well as online, we anticipate that it will be available in planetariums, art & science festivals, in concert halls and space agency sites the world over.

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Virtual Choir 5 is a celebration of STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and math).

We’ve created some fun challenges inspired by STEAM so you can learn more about anything from Fibonacci to Flying Machines, Music to Math or Singing to Spiral Galaxies. Can you master the challenges and collect all the badges?

Keep a look out for badges across the site or tap one of the hexagons to get started.

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  • Art and Design
  • Math

Win with Virtual Choir 5

The prize draw is now closed. Here’s a reminder of the prizes:

  1. Space Passes for four people at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center. Includes lunch with an astronaut.
  2. A signed and dedicated copy of Eric’s brand-new vinyl release featuring his arrangements of Hurt and i carry your heart alongside a bundle of Choir Geeks merch.
  3. A pair of tickets to Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Big Sing California hosted by Eric. (Multiple venues in CA.)
  4. Four tickets to Eric’s concert at Carnegie Hall (New York) on April 28, 2019 promoted by Distinguished Concerts International New York. Includes meet and greet with Eric.

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Sincere thanks to our partners that have helped to make Virtual Choir 5: Deep Field possible.

Boosey & Hawkes

Boosey & Hawkes is the world’s leading publisher of contemporary classical music, with a blue chip catalogue of 20th-century masters including Bartók, Bernstein, Britten, Copland, Prokofieff, Strauss and Stravinsky…

Hal Leonard Corporation 

Hal Leonard Corporation is the world’s largest educational music publisher, with the #1 methods for learning guitar, piano, and school music instruments, plus publications for learning virtually every instrument imaginable…

Distinguished Concerts International New York

DCINY is a leading producer of dynamic musical entertainment performed in renowned American venues. Over 40,000 musicians and singers embodying 44 countries and all 50 US states have participated in DCINY productions…

Dunard Fund

The Dunard Fund is a generous, creative and strategically-minded philanthropic organization that makes donations principally for the training and performance of classical music at the highest standard…

Leigh Bureau

Since 1929, the Leigh Bureau has been serving business and sophisticated cultural audiences around the world with world-class speakers and with presentations of substance…