A song is a wonderful kind of thing, so the Mormon Tabernacle Choir wants people to lift up their voices and sing—virtually.
For the very first time, the internationally acclaimed choir is inviting people around the world to sing and perform with them the “Hallelujah" chorus from George Frideric Handel’s Messiah—virtually—this Easter.
“The choir is asking for singers, choirs, and fans alike all over the world to upload a YouTube recording singing one of four parts (soprano, alto, tenor or bass) of the well-known “Hallelujah” chorus,” an LDS church press release said. “The best performances and choral voices will be featured in a “virtual choir” performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.”
This means those who have ever wanted to sing with the choir will have a chance to have their musical dream come true.
“Handel’s Messiah is an extremely powerful oratorio, especially the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus,” said Ryan Murphy, associate music director for the Choir in a church statement. “It is well-known and well loved. It’s an honor for us to perform it, and we are delighted to extend the invitation to join us to singers all over the world.”
So, to help potential singers record and upload their videos, participants can access the sheet music, a sing-along video for each part, and conducting by music director Mack Wilberg.
Once their video is recorded, singers can upload it to YouTube and copy the URL into a simple submission form. For the sheet music, sing-along videos, and complete information on how to participate, visit virtualchoir.mormon.org. Entries will be accepted through March 1 and the final virtual choir performance video will be released on Sunday, March 13.
“Musicians and YouTube stars like Peter Hollens and Tiffany Alvord have already expressed interest in this project and are encouraging their fans to upload their own recordings. Peter and his wife, Evynne, are providing the vocals for the sing-along videos,” the release said.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this experience,” said Peter Hollens. “Singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has always been a dream of mine, and since I don’t live in Utah, this is definitely the next best thing! For anyone who is considering it, opportunities like this are so rare, and it would be a serious shame to miss.”
On March 4, the choir and orchestra will release a new recording of Handel’s Messiah in two versions: the Complete Oratorio and a 60-minute highlights version. They will stream Messiah live on Good Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. MST from a performance in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. See motab.org/messiah for details.