Virtual Choir

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In a moving and madly viral video in 2010, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world. 

He talks through the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube, and unveils the first 2 minutes of his new work, "Sleep," with a video choir of 2,052. The full piece premiered April 7 (yes, on YouTube!).

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Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 2.0, 'Sleep'

One of the comments under this video in YouTube: (translated from the Spanish, below): 
"Thankyou God, whatever your name is, for the marvels that man can make when he wants & tries, this is the globalization that we want, that unites us, the one that elevates us above animal instinct, the one that feeds the soul, that takes us away from money & power which are transitory"

"Gracias Dios, cualquiera que sea tu nombre, por las maravillas que puede hacer el hombre cuando se lo propone, ésta es la globalización que queremos, la que nos une, la que nos eleva sobre el instinto animal, la que alimenta el alma, la que nos distancia del dinero y el poder que son pasajeros"

'Lux Aurumque'

Eric Whitacre at TED: how this came about

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TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. 

Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the "Sixth Sense" wearable tech, and "Lost" producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. 

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at

Recording Instructions & Conductor Track for Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir

Eric Whitacre Introduces 'Light and Gold'

Meet Eric Whitacre - the sensation behind the YouTube Virtual Choir - as he prepares work for his incredible album Light & Gold - out October 19, 2010.

Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold) - Animation

Beautiful video for Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold) by Eric Whitacre taken from his new album Light and Gold - released in October 2010

Singer Instructional for 'Sleep'

'Sleep' partiture

One of the 2025 voices in the Sleep piece - Soprano I

Hi, my name is Felicia Lopez :) I'm a high school graduate, and i was a First Soprano Madrigal all four years of high school.

So there's this AWESOME "Virtual Choir" for my FAVORITE musical composer, Eric Whitacre. And by some devine miracle, he chose my favorite song to feature in this experiment !
So this is just me, giving it a shot :)

Sleep Multitrack Virtual Choir 2.0

This video was made with some members of the german choir "Junges Vokalensemble Hannover" after working for Whitacres Virtual Choir.

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir

Wikipedia article about Eric

& his website:

Eric's wife Hila Plitmann has this musical blog:

The soloist of Lux Aurumque, Melody Myers went on to gain a YouTube following of her own after being chosen for this debut (she was 18 at the time).

PlayList of Eric Whitacre's Pieces