Launched in 2010, the original Virtual Choir, ‘Lux Aurumque’, fused online performances by 185 singers and has received nearly 4 million hits on YouTube. Virtual Choir 1 was subsequently used by Cisco’s SVP of Corporate Marketing, Marilyn Merseaur, at the Event Marketers Summit to demonstrate the power of video in bring people together.
Virtual Choir 2, ‘Sleep’, was released in April 2011 and was met with a staggering response, incorporating 2,051 contributions from 58 countries. The official launch of VC2 took place at Paley Center for Media in New York and was webcast worldwide on WQXR. Eric previewed VC2 as a guest speaker at the renowned and revered TED conference in Long Beach, California and received the first full standing ovation of the conference.
Virtual Choir 3, ‘Water Night’, received 3,746 videos from 73 countries and launched on April 2nd 2012 at a live event at Lincoln Centre, New York, webcast on the Lincoln Center website and revealed on YouTube. Following the online reveal, the assets were mastered for bespoke audio-visual installations including Titanic Belfast, Cirencester Festival of Lights and Millenium Bridge during the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations.
Virtual Choir 4: Fly to Paradise was uploaded to YouTube in July 2013 and features 8,409 videos from 5,905 singers representing 101 countries, breaking all Virtual Choir records. With singers from the US leading the way, submissions have also come from Cuba, Lativia, South Korea, Thailand and Uruguay. Eric presented Virtual Choir 4 to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as part of the Coronation Festival in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
In 2013, Disney commissioned Eric Whitacre to write “Glow” especially for World of Color – Winter Dreams show which premiered at Disney California Adventure® Park, Disneyland® Resort, Anaheim, California. 1473 singers, representing all 50 American States, submitted recordings, most of which were chosen, to be part of the World of Color Honor Choir, inspired by the Virtual Choir.
The Virtual Youth Choir, in partnership with UNICEF, premiered at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. 2292 singers from 80 countries joined together to perform a special arrangement of “What If” from the musical Paradise Lost. The film was presented to a live audience and was simultaneously broadcast to a global TV audience.