Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir was just launched the other day and it is absolutely great! Over 2,000 videos collected months ago from countries worldwide, including the Philippines!!
Ryan Aimel Estandarte kept me updated with the progress of the Virtual Choir 2. Let's just say I interviewed him via email and when asked on how they prepared for this here is what he said:
"The scores were given I think early of 2010, inviting everyone to join in with no auditions (unlike the first one where they gave free scholarships for the best one per voice). All that you have to do was to record yourself singing a certain part of the score (either you're Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass) then upload it in youtube. You can also record with a choir singing this score too which was different unlike the first one.
4 Filipinos joined in the virtual choir (including myself) where 3 are from Manila while one is from Visayas. If you want to see the entire cast or the location where the singers are from, you can visit http://ericwhitacre.com/
The first deadline of the submission of the videos was December 31, 2010. However, it was moved to January 10, 2011 as mentioned in Eric Whitacre's tweet due to the heavy snow fall then. The final release of the video based on the latest blog entry will be some time April of this year."
True enough it is April and the Virtual Choir 2 is here! Can you spot our fellow "kababayans" in this video of Virtual Choir 2??
Anna Salvina Fontanilla for Soprano 1
Celia Binas for Alto 2
Vincent Paul Evangelista for Tenor 1
Tristan Custodio for Tenor 2 and Bass 1
Congratulations for making it to the Virtual Choir! We hope to hear more of you! Perhaps a Philippine dedicated Virtual Choir since we have Filipinos all over the world! What do you guys think??