It goes without saying that virtual performances have been popular as of late, and most people would assume that they are going to go extinct as the pandemic does. While they have been a great solution for socially distant times, virtual performances are a solution to a wide range of scenarios.
Here are 9 reasons why virtual choirs are here to stay:
Participants can be located anywhere in the world
You may imagine that folks performing in a virtual choir together are simply social distancing within a 20 mile radius of one another. While this may be the case for some, it is hardly the limit. Berklee College of Music students performed “We Are The World” after being sent home due to the pandemic. Stick around for the end credits; you will be blown away by the geographic diversity of this group.
You can have a guest performer who you would otherwise not be able to include
Featuring the legendary soloist Melissa Manchester, accompanied by players of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, “Let There Be More Light” is a great example of this benefit. The cost of flying out, accommodating, and compensating a guest performer is unachievable for most ensembles. With virtual choir as an option, groups of smaller means could realistically invite a special guest to join them in performance.
You can easily add instrumentalists to your performance
If you are a choir director, you have probably experienced the hassle of including an instrumentalist in a performance. With virtual choir, including an instrumentalist is no more of a hassle than collecting a video from them. The violinist in “We Return” is such a beautiful (and trouble-free) addition.
It is an excellent way to debut a new composition
Starting at 4:38, Meira Warshauer included a virtual choir in the debut of her composition “Place These Words”. This project primarily features a live video shoot captured by our team, which is just another example of the creative flexibility virtual performances allow.
You do not need a maximum or minimum number of performers
A virtual choir can consist of one to infinite performers. One person can double the melody, record harmonies, and play instruments. On the flip side, hundreds of people can be included in a video, as balance can always be taken care of in post-production. This is an example of three performers creating a full ensemble by recording multiple parts each. The director of Auri Productions is singing the lead on this one!
You can combine different musical ensembles and communities into a massive ensemble
Whether it be an All-State or All-County choir, or a collaboration between two or more communities, virtual performances are perfect for these circumstances. “Lecha Dodi” includes 15 leaders from distinct Jewish congregations, as well as instrumentalists without association to these places of worship.
You can add storytelling elements that would not be possible on a stage
“Hayom T’amtzeinu” included a speech from the mayor of Chicago and spoken word from many of the performers. Possibilities are truly endless, and this is only one example of the creative possibilities of virtual choir.
Families, friends, activists, congregations, and/or strangers can sing in a virtual choir without having ever been in an ensemble together before.
n honor of a passed loved one, the family, friends, and many church communities of David Sheets came together to sing in this virtual performance. This ensemble was formed specifically for this project. While some participants knew each other well, others were strangers. But you would never be able to tell, as this moving performance united the group through music and in the memory of their loved one.
You will forever have a video keepsake of your musical community
Live performances come and go. Even if you capture them on camera, the video will never do the performance justice. What is so special about a virtual choir is that the video is the performance, and it will be just as beautiful years down the line. Berklee College of Music students will always be able to look back at their time studying music at their dream school in this performance of “At Last”.
Interested in Creating a Virtual Choir?
If you are interested in creating a virtual choir, we would be happy to help. With over 70 virtual music projects under our belt (including the projects included in this post), you can trust us to do a great job for your ensemble. Check out our Virtual Music Page and Book a Call to see if we are a right fit for you!