Long-standing List member, Daphne Gonzalvez, reminded me about Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir. He composed a beautiful choral piece and realized that people were singing it on YouTube. It brought him to realize that he could collect hundreds of recordings and mix them into a comprehensive performance – from people he has never met. It’s an amazing story that is outlined on his blog and of course, if YouTube is blocked at your school, you’ll have to see it at home. There are several other productions of his as well – have a look around for them, including his TED talk.
The URL: http://ericwhitacre.com/blog/the-virtual-choir-how-we-did-it
And speaking of collaboration, that brings the 14th year of The Teacher List to a close! Thanks to everyone who has joined us this year (membership has grown by 800+ in the last year), made suggestions and supported the project over the last year. Have a restful summer break and we’ll begin again in September.