Chesterfield Arts Virtual Choir

Out of Many...One

Music is the universal language of mankind. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In this fast-paced, spur-of-the-moment, technologically-advanced world we live in, there are few opportunities to foster the closeness created by family or group sing-a-longs. Yet, using this same technology and some artistic innovation, Chesterfield Arts, in the style of Eric Whitacre's famed technique, will create a transformative event on a grand scale: a "Virtual Choir."

(Photo clip from Eric Whitacre's Lux Aurunque)

What is the Chesterfield Arts Virtual Choir?

Constructed utilizing Vidler, a video-hosting platform, anyone aged 18 and under, regardless of vocal aptitude will be asked to submit a short video of himself performing the appropriate vocal part (soprano, alto, tenor or bass) of a pre-selected piece of music. 500 entries will be selected and merged into one harmonious video production-or Virtual Choir-complete with animation to enhance the final piece. A live performance will premier at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. The final Virtual Choir piece will be accessible on the internet and/or available for purchase as a DVD.

How does it work?

If you have access to the internet and have either a computer, a camera, or other video recording device, you can participate in the Chesterfield Arts Virtual Choir. For those without internet access, a computer with recording capability will be available at Chesterfield Arts by appointment.

Each vocal part along with the musical selection in its entirety (piano part) and lyrics will be available on the Chesterfield Arts website. A series of instructional videos covering such topics as how to record on your computer, how to upload your video, and the specific nuances of each harmonic section will also be accessible.

Participants will be asked to submit to Chesterfield Arts via our Virtual Choir website page, their short video. Once all videos are uploaded, all submissions will be reviewed to ensure usability and catalogued by harmonic section. 500 finalists will be selected and notified.

Video and audio processing will commence to create uniformity of visual appearance and sound. Finally, computer editing and animation will be added to create the overall "look" of the piece.

A LIVE performance is anticipated in the Fall, 2015. The final Virtual Choir video will be made available online and/or on DVD for purchase. All proceeds will benefit Chesterfield Arts programs.

Chesterfield Arts is a 501c3 non-profit in the state of Missouri.

When can I participate?

Stay tuned to our website and social media platforms for further information about the program launch and video submissions.


We would like the above donors for helping Chesterfield Arts make this project a reality.