Poster Eric Whitacre
Composer Eric Whitacre created his first virtual choir project 10 years ago.
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Eric Whitacre picks 6 favorite virtual choir performances

The choral world was upended along with the rest of the world during COVID and everyone went virtual, using the Eric Whitacre model that was established years before the pandemic. So we asked the composer/conductor in 2020 to pick his favorite virtual performances.

Young People's Chorus of New York City

Whitacre says: Who couldn't love the Young People's Chorus of New York City — such a vibrant sound from committed musical young singers, communicating from their hearts. It's the best of humankind asking all the right questions at this difficult time.

The Aeolians

Whitacre says: The spectacular Aeolians' performance of "We Shall Overcome" is so poignant; the film is a moving and lasting record of this important time.

Finland's virtual choir

Whitacre says: 1075 choristers from Finland sing Sibelius' "This Is My song" ("Finlandia Hymn") as a tribute on National Veterans Day 2020.

The Stay at Home Choir/The Sixteen

Whitacre says: The Stay at Home Choir, representing 72 countries, joins the Sixteen in a stunning performance of James MacMillan's "O Radiant Dawn."

Philippine Madrigal Singers Alumni

Whitacre says: A deeply touching recording of "Be Still My Soul," by Matthew Maniano, from the ever-wonderful Philippine Madrigal Singers.

sINgSPIRE Virtual Choir

Whitacre says: And finally, "We Give Voice," by Ashley Ballou-Bonnema, a truly inspirational person. Ashley and all 14 singers in this project are living life defying their cystic fibrosis through singing. I am humbled by their strength, vision and determination.

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