Have you ever seen/heard a VIRTUAL choir entirely created on the internet? Check out this video released TODAY after its world premiere last night in San Jose, California. In this you will hear members of the Discalced Carmelite Order from all over the world–nuns, friars and seculars– singing together to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila, the famous Carmelite reformer and foundress of the Discalced branch of the Order.
There are TWO videos in the screen above. The first video is made up of Discalced Carmelite nuns from all over the world singing Nada Te Turbe, an original composition by one of their own, Claire Sokol, OCD. If you fast-forward, you will see a different video choir made up of Discalced Carmelite friars, nuns and seculars (lay Carmelites) singing a brand new rendition of Salve Regina, also composed by Claire Sokol This is a GLORIOUS version of the famous Marian hymn.
If you think Carmelites are a little on the medieval side, this will convince you otherwise.
How was this choir put together? Carmelites (like me) uploaded their individual digital video parts this past spring. This is achieved using special online software for just such a purpose which instructs singers in their choice of soprano, alto, tenor or bass. A video recording option is in the program, so all you have to do is learn your part and then sing with the choir in your headphones while watching the canned conductor on video. Upload your recording and then wait for the world premiere. That was last night during a major event celebrating the fifth centenary of St. Teresa’s birth–hosted by Discalced Carmelites of the western United States. They uploaded the YouTube video early this morning. It was a blessing to sing in this choir of fellow Carmelites gathered digitally–the only way we could all possibly sing together. Can you spot me waaaay on the right in green? Turn up your volume, click play and ENJOY this heavenly birthday gift.
Want to hear a professional choir singing this together in a non-digital setting (in other words, a normal, regular performance?) Please check out the Teresian Singers and Orchestra of St. James recording. Glorious.