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A 2,000 virtual member choir

Students rehearse with Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre’s TED talk on how he built a virtual choir with 2,000 voices, by asking for contributions from individual singers that they then posted on YouTube:

In a moving and madly viral video last year, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world. He talks through the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube, and unveils the first 2 minutes of his new work, “Sleep,” with a video choir of 2,052.

The full piece premiered April 7, 2011 (on YouTube!). Eric discusses how he put it together, and some of the discoveries he made along the way.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.