Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir | Lux Aurumque

Well known accomplished conductor, composer and lecturer, Eric Whitacre has found an innovative way to bring together a choir from around the world.

The choral music of Eric Whitacre and the "Virtual Choir" has captured the audience of the entire world. The choral music has gone viral, so to speak.

By combining his sensational musical composition, "Sleep"; a harmonic poetic renaissance style composition, combined with 21st century technology and live video of each individual singer, he has created a Virtual Choir.

People from all walks of life around the world, joined together, singing with passion from the depths of their heart. A symphony of melodic voices resonates; through live footage of each singer creating an atmospheric masterpiece of love and emotional catharsis.

A love so deep, enriched with purity, filling your being with a vibrancy that awakens your spirit, opens your heart and touches the very center of your core; it will quite possibly move you to tears.

Social Media Experiment Blossoms

What started out as being a social media experiment has blossomed into a Virtual Choir 0f 185 people from around the world.

How did this all begin? A year ago one of Eric's friends had emailed him a link from you tube. The link was a recording of of a young girl named Britlin Losees who was an admirable fan of Eric's. She delivered a message to Eric in a you tube video, appraising him for his composition, Sleep; an acappella choral composition that Eric wrote in 2000.

Lyrics to Sleep | Eric Whitacre

The evening hangs beneath the moon
A silver thread on darkened dune
With closing eyes and resting head
I know that sleep is coming soon

Upon my pillow, safe in bed
A thousand pictures fill my head
I cannot sleep my minds a flight
And yet my limbs seem made of lead

If there are noises in the night
A frighting shadow, flickering light
Then I surrender unto sleep

Where clouds of dreams give second sight
What dreams may come both dark and deep
Of flying wings and soaring leap

As I surrender unto sleep
As I surrender unto sleep

Britlin feeling deeply moved by his music, felt compelled to send him a message and made a video for him. In her introduction she explains how this music has touched her in a very profound and unique way. She hopes that when she composes she will be able to sing with the deeply felt passion and emotion which she feels. In her video message, Britlin sings the soprano part to Sleep.

Britlin's singing message ignited a creative spark in Eric's thoughts. He thought, if 100 different people recorded their perspective part, such as tenor, alto, soprano and bass then he would be able to create a virtual choir.

With this thought in mind he posted an add on his facebook page to all his fans inviting them to audition for a new you tube choir. There was no age requirement. He asked people to submit a short introduction of themselves regarding past choral experiences, musical education etc. He also asked that they perform a scale demonstrating their vocal ranges.

He then asked everyone to purchase the recording of Sleep at iTunes, which was an astounding performance by the fabulous British choir Polyphony.

He asked that singers make a video of themselves, singing their individual parts such as, alto, tenor, soprano or bass and upload it to you tube. It was then composed by Eric Whitacre and produced by Scott Haines.

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir - 'Lux Aurumque'

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A Little History on Eric Whitacre

Graduating with a Master of Music Degree from the famous Julliard School of Music and having studied with John Corigliano, Pulitzer Prize and Oscar winner composer.

Eric was well on his way to success. At the age of 25 Eric was a full time professional composer. Eric's music style ranges from traditional choral, polyphonic and symphonic repertoires to ambient and techno electronics.

[Excerpt taken from Eric Whitaker's website]The Los Angeles Times has praised his compositions as “works of unearthly beauty and imagination, (with) electric, chilling harmonies”; while the BBC raves that “what hits you straight between the eyes is the honesty, optimism and sheer belief that passes any pretension. This is music that can actually make you smile.”

In 1997, Eric recorded his first album. The American Record Guide praised Eric's musical composition''s as one of the top ten classical albums. Eric has been conducting concerts all over the world. From Japan, Australia, Singapore, China and throughout Europe. Also known as a lecturer he has lectured in dozens of universities in the United States where he holds seminars with talented young musicians. (history - continued below video).

In 2001 he was recognized as the youngest conductor composer to ever be awarded the Raymond C Brock commission by the American Choral Directors Association

One of Eric's recent composition “Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings” has received recent acclaim. As the winner of the ASCAP Harold Arlen award, and the highly prestigious Richard Rodgers Award as the most promising musical theater composer.

To date Eric has published 44 concert pieces with record sales of over 1,000,000 copies. His music ranges from acappella music, choral and symphonic repertories.

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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Sage: If you had not written this article, I wouldn't have had the privilige of being part of something so beautiful. I listened to the young woman sing and watched the video, wow!!! Human beings working together to create beauty. I love this.

Have shared this hub in Facebook giving it a thumbs up!

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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Technology put to an artistic use can be a beautiful thing...

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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Viotet Sun - Isn't it beautiful, I was so taken up by it all. I just had to write about it. It's nice to see and hear some good news in this world. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. It is always so nice to see you.

Mentalist acer - You are so right. Thanks so much for your comment. It's nice to see you.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

This IS so interesting idea and very practical one(to form virtual choir)...and sounds nice. Thanks for sharing, Sage.

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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Tatjana Mihaela - thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. It's always nice to see you. Sage

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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

What an inspiring hub and what a great initiative, thanks for the info sage. :)

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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

wrenfrost - thanks so much, I am glad that you liked it. I found myself so moved that I had to write about this one. It's nice to reflect on something positive and inspiring amongst all the bad news in the world today.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Wonderful information on Eric Whitacre and the choir.

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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

sandyspider - thanks for checking this hub out. Your comment is greatly appreciated.

sarmad2008- thanks for stopping by I will check it out.

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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

All I can say is wow...this is fantastic...HUGS Tammy

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

That is unbelievable - what a great hub on someone's music ability! Amazing man and even more amazing is the concept. Two thumbs up.

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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

WOW I love this..this is wonderful. I really like your selection of videos too.

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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Tammy, Akrichner and Coolmon - Thank you all so very much for commenting. I am glad that you liked this. I was really moved by it and just had to try to write something.

Many thanks to all of you,


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Sage, OH WOW I had not heard of this, it is so COOL and what a great idea and mission. I'm grateful to you for sharing such a wonderful and beautiful delight! I loved the just amazing gotta see them again. Rate UP! Thanks and Peace :)

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Sage, I'm glad you wrote about Eric Whiteacre and the music is fabulous. It is so beautiful; it seems to reach out and touch your soul. Thanks for a wonderful hub.

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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Katiem - I just saw it myself for the first time the other day. It was so uplifting. I had just had to write about it. So glad you like it as well. Thanks for all the kudo's.

Pamela - So nice to see you Pam. I am glad that you enjoy the works of Eric Whitacre. He is a brilliant composer.

Many thanks to both of you for taking the time to comment.


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SwanofWar 6 years ago from In My Imagination

What an amazing idea! It never ceases to amaze me how the internet connects people, especially artists.

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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

SwanofWar - You are so right. It has definitely open the market for artists and musicians. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Your comment is greatly appreciated.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Amazing, inspiring and so very touching, thank you so much to bring this joy into my heart. You have created a perfect hub, what a precious gift you have given to each of your hubber friends, thumb up your fan

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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Darlene - So glad you enjoyed this hub and thank you for leaving such an uplifting comment. It is always nice to see you.


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anjalichugh 6 years ago from New York

Wow! I loved the video and the concept also. Learnt something new today. Thx for sharing.

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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

anjailchugh - Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. It's always nice to see you.


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

Whoa . . . this is unbelievable and the sound is as if the participants were in the same hall together. Awesome sound. Thank you for sharing this beautiful hub

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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

pmccray - I agree with you, I was in awe the first time I listened. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Just when you think that the whole electronic screen internet thing is full of jerks and a waste of time, something like this pops up. I am sitting here with tears rolling down my face. How profound.

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

THis is right up my alley! Loved it and thanks so much for the introduction, Sage. You find the coolest stuff to expound on and I always benefit from it! Great videos and hub!

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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

Great information and well said. Thanks for sharing this with us. I love music.

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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Dolores - Love your comment it is so true. I as well was moved to tears. Thanks for stopping by.

Ann - Your comment is so sweet, thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed it.

Ictodd - So good to see you, Glad you liked it and thanks for checking it out.


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Gigi2 6 years ago from UK

This is truly beautiful, Sleep gave me goosebumps. I am grateful you shared this wonder. Thank you.

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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Gigi2 - Thanks so much for listening and commenting. I am so glad that you liked it.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas! I am speechless.

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Fascinating resounding harmony at it's finest. What a wonderful sound and outreach to the world, if we could all live in harmony like this instead of waring against one another. peace

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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Winsome - So nice to see you. I do miss hubpages and hope to return soon. Thanks so much for stopping by. I am so glad that you enjoyed this.

saddlerider1 - What a terrific comment. I am with you 100% with living in harmony. Awesome thoughts. Thanx for taking the time to comment.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Isn't this just wonderful--what an innovative soul! Thank you for bringing this to the Hub community!

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Thanks for stopping by I am so glad you enjoyed it.

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