Please participate in the ALCM Virtual Christmas Carol

You are invited to participate in the creation of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians Virtual Christmas Carol. Please follow the instructions below and be sure to submit your recording by Sunday, November 8.

Watch this example for an idea of what we are creating: ALCM Virtual Hymn for Pentecost.

Note the virtual carol we are creating is Angels We Have Heard on High arranged by Anne Krentz Organ.

Instructions:

  1. Choose your part from the below options. Please print the PDF for your voice/instrumental part. Singers will see the keyboard part printed so you know when to come in. There are 10 voice parts to choose from: melody only high voice, melody only low voice, and choral parts: Soprano 1, 2, Alto 1, 2, Tenor 1, 2, Bass 1, 2. There are also parts for woodwinds, brass, strings, and handbells. Parts are not designed to be difficult but may require basic music reading or practice.
  2. Every voice part will have a guide video which includes an organ part and your own voice part (or if you prefer you can use the full choral guide part.) There is an organ guide part for the instrumentalists.
  3. You will NEED:
    • A phone with a video recorder to record yourself
    • A computer or tablet to play the guide video
    • Headphones to hear the guide video (preferably small in-ear headphones, but don’t worry if you don’t have those)
    • The score you print out
    • A QUIET place to record yourself
    • Attire: This virtual carol will be included in Christmas worship services and programs. If you would like to wear Christmas worship service attire that is appropriate, but not mandatory.
  4. Practice your part with the guide track recording until you feel comfortable. Note the dynamics written, and sing/play each note to its full value.
  5. When ready to record start your recording and state your name and the vocal/instrumental part you are submitting. Then begin the guide track which will play through your earbuds or headphones. At the end count one measure silently to yourself then turn your recorder off.
  6. Once you are happy with your recording it is IMPORTANT to save your file using the following File Name format which includes a period between each word/number: (example if you are singing the soprano 2 part)

    Jane.Doe.Soprano.2

    To rename your video file on Mac OS and Windows: Right click the file name and select “rename” from the scroll down menu. Upload your file to the correct folder in our system at:

    ALCM Member Virtual Carol Upload
    or
    Non-ALCM Member Virtual Carol Upload

    Remember to use your Full Name and Voice or Instrument Part with periods between as seen in the above example. A working email will be required to submit your video, which will only be used to send you a confirmation that your file has been uploaded. Your recording will be approximately 3½ minutes in length and will have silence during interludes and other rests. Expect the upload process to take several minutes. If the upload does not go through, contact Kory at kory@insidemusicnash.com.

  7. Invite others to participate in this virtual Christmas carol. Recordings must be submitted by Sunday, November 8.

Please know we intend to make the finished carol available by late afternoon on Tuesday, December 1. Please check this web page for the links.

Vocal Parts:

Click the button to download sheet music and a sing-along track for your vocal part.

Instruments:

Click the button to download sheet music and a play-along track for your instrument.

Tips for recording a great video:

Record your video on your laptop, tablet, or phone.

If you’re using a tablet or phone, make sure your phone is horizontal (landscape) and not vertical (portrait). If at all possible, use a tripod for your device or sit the device on something sturdy and stationery.

Find a quiet place and use an external microphone if you have one (but not required!).

You don’t need to rent a studio to film your part. But, do your best to make sure the ambient noise (dishwashers, fire trucks, barking dogs, TVs, etc.) is at a minimum. The goal is to get a good, clean sound.

Use headphones to listen to the backing track you click on while reading the sheet music. You don’t want that audio to be in your video – just your voice / instrument!

Position yourself in the center of the shot, and make sure you’re filling up the frame.

Save your file.

Use any standard video file format. .mp4, .mov, .avi all work great.
When you name your file, use this standard naming convention:
Your.Name.Your.Part.mp4 (or .mov, etc.)

Produced with deep gratitude to volunteer carol setting arranger, Anne Krentz Organ.
Volunteer Guide Track Musicians
Lisa Watson, Soprano 1 – Tampa, FL
Sally Messner, Soprano 2 – Dexter, MI
Jennifer Baker-Trinity, Alto 1 – Saint Paul, MN
Julie Grindle, Alto 2 – Baldwinsville, NY
Paul Damico-Carper, Tenor 1 – Saint Paul, MN
Michael Needham, Tenor 2 – Grapevine, TX
Andy Heller, Bass 1 – Havertown, PA
Jerry Gunderson, Bass 2 – Phoenix, AZ
Julie Anne Wieck, Melody High Voice – Pullman, WA
Jim Loeffler, Melody Low Voice – Plano, TX
Anne Krentz Organ, Organ – Hoffman Estates, IL

Made possible through the generous financial support of an anonymous major donor
dedicating this virtual carol to the Glory of God and in gratitude to the many musicians, directors,
composers, singers, instrumentalists, etc. involved in planning, preparing and making music for worship.