St. John Virtual Choir

Anthems

Instructions:

  • Print the provided PDF. If you don't have access to a printer and reading off your screen is too awkward, I can drop off an original.
  • Listen to the provided links below to learn your part.
  • Put on earbuds or headphones and listen along while video recording yourself singing your part (computer or cell phone camera would work fine). Please record in horizontal/landscape mode if possible.
  • Make sure to record video for the whole time, including piano intro and when other voices are singing. This should be just like a normal performance. Don't stop recording until the piano part is totally done. I'll trim off the start/end, so it's better to have too much than not enough.
  • Listen to your final take before submitting to make sure there aren't any technical glitches.
  • Get the video file to me via either the dialog below or email/dropbox/text (907-575-1711) — whichever is most convenient to you is fine with me.
  • You are welcome to submit videos for more than one part, in whichever octave works for your voice.
  • If you're unable to record video but can do audio, I'll be happy with just that along with a picture of you.
  • If you have a problem with uploading big files, consider reencoding with HandBrake or similar to shrink sizes down considerably. Low resolution is fine for my purposes since your video will only take up a fraction of the screen. This could mean 25MB instead of 600MB!

How Great Thou Art — 10/18

Deadline: Wednesday night, 10/14

Sheet music: How Great Thou Art.pdf

Optional: Listen to a professional recording

If you're reading off originals, take a look at the pdf linked above for markings.

Listening tracks:


Bell Choir: To God Be the Glory (date TBD)

Deadline: Whenever

Sheet music: To God Be the Glory.pdf

Listening track: To God Be the Glory.mp3

Sheet music is from blue book volume 9 no. 1.


Bell Choir: The Lord's Prayer (date TBD)

Deadline: Whenever

Sheet music: The Lords Prayer.pdf

Listening track: The Lords Prayer.mp3

Sheet music is standalone piece with picture of fields and trees on front. The listening track is me counting on top of the publisher's performance - hopefully it will be helpful to hear the other parts when you're ringing your own. This is a bit on the harder side, so it may be the case that we can't all ring our parts without proper rehearsals first. If that's the case, I'll have my fingers crossed for the end of spring....


Spoken

Instructions:

  • Put on earbuds or headphones and listen along while audio recording yourself singing.
  • Get the audio file to me via either the dialog below or email/dropbox/text (907-575-1711) — whichever is most convenient to you is fine with me.

Lord's Prayer (listening track)
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Do not let us fall into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, Forever. AMEN.

Welcome statement (St. John mission) (listening track)
The Mission of St. John United Methodist Church is to grow desciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and to be a welcoming family, joyfully sharing God's light.


Hymns

Instructions:

  • Print the provided PDF or read from your screen.
  • Put on earbuds or headphones and listen along while audio recording yourself speaking.
  • Get the audio file to me via either the dialog below or email/dropbox/text (907-575-1711) — whichever is most convenient to you is fine with me.
  • You are welcome to submit more than one part, in whichever octave works for your voice.
  • If you know of someone not in the choir who would like to join in, by all means invite them — all are welcome!

10/18/2020 — Due 10/14/2020


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How it's done

For those that are interested, I thought I'd outline the process I'm using to put together the final video for the choir.

When the deadline is past, I'll put all the submissions together — those emailed, uploaded, or texted to me. Using a command line program called mplayer, I extract the audio tracks (for x in *.mov *.mp4 *.MOV *.MP4 *.mpg *.mkv; do mplayer -ao pcm -vo null "$x"; mv audiodump.wav "${x%.*}.wav"; done). I find it easier to deal with the audio separately.

I use audacity for editing the audio. As the master (stereo) track, I'll open the piano part. For each submission, I'll add a new mono track and paste it in (selecting one of the channels if it's stereo). I'll adjust the level of this new track using the Amplify effect so that all the tracks are similar, then I'll tweak the amount of space at the beginning of the track so it lines up with the piano part, possibly soloing the piano track and this one to make sure they sound good together. Then turn off the solos and make sure it sounds right with the other voices. Finally, select all the audio before the opening breath, and generate silence for that bit (to cut down on noise in the intro). Do similar with any long rests in the middle and end of the track. When all the tracks are in place, export the whole thing as a wav file.

For the video portion, I'm using OpenShot. I'll import all the video files, and add them as tracks. The layout depends on how many submissions there are. The grid could be 3x3 (9 people), 4x3 (12 people), 4x4 (16 people), etc., although I've settled on three rows of six or seven, and cropping the videos. Finally, I'll do the math to figure out the needed scale, x and y position, x and y crop, and crop width and height to put all the videos in the desired layout. Now the master audio track made previously is added. All these tracks are set to display their waveforms so they can be easily lined up with the master audio track. After verifying everyone is lined up correctly with previewing, I'll snip out the beginning and end, set the volume of all tracks but the master audio track to zero, then export as the final video file. Reencoding this video with HandBrake gives a smaller file size before final uploading.