Please participate in the ALCM Virtual Hymn Project
You are invited to participate in the creation of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians Virtual Hymn for Pentecost Project. Please follow the instructions below and be sure to submit your recording by Friday, May 15.
Watch this example for an idea of what we are creating: Episcopal Church Virtual Choir
Note the virtual hymn we are creating is O Day Full of Grace arranged by David Cherwien.
- 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: Hymn melody only high voice, hymn melody only low voice, and choral parts: Soprano 1, 2, Alto 1, 2, Tenor 1, 2, Bass 1, 2. There are also parts for woodwind, brass, and string instruments. Parts are not designed to be difficult but may require basic music reading or practice.
- 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.
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 hymn will first be included in worship on Pentecost Sunday. If you would like to wear something RED to celebrate Pentecost that is appropriate, but not mandatory.
- Practice your part with the recording until you feel comfortable. (Notice that the organ intro is 9.5 measures long and each organ interlude is 7.5 measures long.) Note the dynamics written, and sing/play each note to its full value.
- When ready to record follow the instructions in the video. State your vocal/instrumental part and say, “full take.” As soon as the audio track starts you will hear the organ play short notes. Say “3, 4” with the conductor and then listen to the intro before singing/playing. At the end be sure to wait for the instruction “relax, turn off your video recorder” before you turn your recorder off. That instruction is preceded by several seconds of the instruction “HOLD…”
- 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)
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:
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 4½ to 5 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Invite others to participate in this virtual hymn project. Recordings must be submitted by Friday, May 15.
Please know we intend to make the finished hymn available by late afternoon on Tuesday, May 26. Please check this web page for the link.
Click the button to download sheet music and a sing-along track for your vocal part.
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 hymn setting arranger David Cherwien, the National Lutheran Choir,
and Lutheran Summer Music for their partnership in sharing musical and technical resources.
Made possible through the generous financial support of Pauline and John Kiltinen.