5 good reasons to start a virtual choir today

Many of us are using Zoom or any other conference tool to spend some time together with choir members, and we have to get used to it because of probable long suspension of live rehearsals.

For many of us Zoom meetings are not an option, for several reasons:

  • choir members that are not accustomed to tech-y tools
  • poor internet connection that prevents people to join live meeting
  • the need to reserve a specific time slot at home
  • the inability to sing along together

I like Zoom meetings because it’s one of the best options that we have to stay in touch with choir members.
Particularly for conductors who are hired to manage choirs, this is a way they can continue their job, even if in a different way.

Actually for my choir Zoom is not an option, so I had to look elsewhere to keep in touch with my choir and to try to continue their growth, even if at slower pace.

I think that virtual choirs are a valid alternative to live meetings, and I want to show you 5 good things I’m taking home after these first weeks of suspension.

1) A virtual choir sets a goal for choir members.

If since few weeks ago virtual choirs were unknown to most people, today I suspect that almost everyone has seen at least one virtual choir video.

There are many unbelievably good videos out there, made by passionate people who learnt how to realize a great product, starting from some crappy video clips recorder with smartphones.

That’s why a goal is automatically set as soon as you propose your choir to realize a virtual choir video.

They know that they need to reach some level of quality, both with their voice and with their video appearance.

And you can be sure that they’ll strive to give the best of themselves.
I had people sending me several video clips, asking me to choose the best one.

I had people asking me how to perform some sections because they don’t want to miss them.

2) A virtual choir forces people to sing alone and get involved.

How many times did you ask to someone to sing alone his part and you all you got is a big smile and a blush?

How many times did you ask to someone to sing alone his part and you all you got is a big smile and a blush?

I think it’s a very common situation for most choirs, at least for unauditioned choirs.

Now you ask same people to record themselves for a virtual choir exhibition: they cannot cheat anymore, they cannot hide in the background relying on other voices.

Plus, they have to record a video!

This is an educational and empowering experience for shy singers.
They have to find the courage and overcome their fears.

Almost always they can do it, maybe with not completely satisfactory results, but they send you their video clips.

3) A virtual choir allows to find and correct issues.

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While listening to recorded video clips, I found that even with pieces they’ve performed hundreds of time people sing wrong notes!

They are minor issues, that are hardly audible in an ensemble, still they’re here.

We can seize the opportunity to correct those errors, to explain how we want a specific part executed.

During standard live rehearsal it’s hard to find the time to talk one-to-one with every choir member, addressing single issues: now we have a lot of time to do it.

4) A virtual choir can help to learn new songs.

Many of us share learning tracks with choir members, asking them to listen at home and to study their part in order to learn it.

You can think to a virtual choir as learning tracks with final exhibition.

A virtual choir could be a way to teach new songs to your choir, using these weeks with the objective of performing new songs live once together again.

5) A virtual choir is a way to spend good time during lockdown.

This is a psychological point.

Many people are spending these COVID-19 days at home alone.
Elderls are forced at home without the possibility to meet their grandchildren or their friends.

Can you imagine what joining a choir meant to them?

I’ve got people in their seventies sending their video clips with touching messages, talking about how they felt good because they had the possibility to sing again, even if at home but with a goal.

Conclusion

These are five good points I’m taking home by proposing virtual choirs.

It is true that not all that glitters is gold: next week I want to talk about some downside of virtual choirs.

But I’m interested to see what is your opinion about this, so please leave me a comment below and tell me about your experience!

Cheers!

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