Can I record more than one part?
Yes, but you only need to record audio for additional parts you wish to submit. One video is all we will use. If you would like to help augment the chorus sound, by all means submit extra recordings!
My quartet isn’t listed above, can I still sing?
Yes! The reason your quartet isn’t listed is because the whole quartet could not participate (or chose not to participate) as a quartet. Every single singer associated with these quartets and with our district is welcome to submit recordings of their chorus part.
I sang in more than one quartet listed above. How many recordings do I need to make?
One. I hope I was successful in making sure that quartets that shared members were in the same quartet group. You should only have to make a single recording which will be used in different parts of the overall video when your quartet is highlighted.
Does my quartet need to record together?
No! Each singer should record their part in isolation. They will be edited and put together for the video.
Does my quartet need to record the whole song or just a phrase for you to use?
The whole song. First, I don’t know where I will highlight the individual quartets, so I can’t tell you which phrase to sing. Second, at the end of this piece we’re going to have the chorus and ALL of the quartets active in a “triple choir” effect. So, yes, please record the entire song on your assigned part.
I don’t think I sound very good on the recording, should I still submit it?
Yes. If you are making a lot of word errors, you should fix those. The other multitude of “problems” people think they have with their voices can be handled when the whole chorus is being mixed. In the editing process, minor note errors can be corrected, vibratos can be smoothed somewhat, and timing errors can be corrected. Chorus directors routinely help singers who might not be the best soloists find a space on the risers where their sound compliments and benefits the chorus as a whole. This is no different. Every recording will be used and every voice will be heard, but you will be “placed” on our virtual risers in such a way that your sound benefits the chorus as a whole. Don’t worry about minor imperfections in your recording!
I don’t understand the technology so I’m not going to participate.
Ok, that wasn’t a question, but it something I hear all the time. The “answer” is NO — you should still participate. Someone you know is able to coach you through getting this set up and making a good recording. It can seem somewhat daunting at first, but it is not an impossible task! Give it a try!