Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular and performed composers of our time, a distinguished conductor, broadcaster and public speaker. He is currently Composer-in-Residence at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, UK. The Virtual Choir is a global phenomenon, creating a user-generated choir that brings together singers from around the world and their love of music in a new way through the use of technology.
It began in 2009 as a simple experiment in social media when one young woman recorded a video of herself singing Eric's “Sleep” and shared it on YouTube. Eric responded by sending a call out to his online fans to record themselves singing along to it, and upload the result. He was so impressed that he decided to record himself conducting ‘Lux Aurumque’, asking Virtual Choir members to sing along to that and the first Virtual Choir was created.
Now with more than fifteen million views, this phenomenon has reached all corners of the world, inspiring more and more singers to join each year. It has grown from 185 singers in the first choir to an amazing 8,409 videos for the fourth from 101 countries.