In April 2020, Voices Rock Medicine – a choir made up of soprano and alto physicians in Toronto – premiered an amazing video of them singing “together” through the use of technology – all separately filmed videos compiled to create a virtual choir. Inspired by the Toronto-based choir, there are at least two new physician choirs started in the past few months – Vancouver-based Vox Panacea and the Calgary Physician Choir, all rehearsing using online platforms.
For so many physicians, choral singing is a place to forget about the worries of the day and just breathe and do something creative. The added advantage of singing in your living room (or call-room!) and that no one else in the rehearsal can hear you is liberating – especially for those who have not sung in a choir for many years!
Be part of the first-ever
Canadian Physicians Virtual Choir Project!
The piece we have selected is a Canadian classic – Ordinary Day, by Great Big Sea. The members of Great Big Sea have given us permission to showcase their music and are excited to see this come together!
We are looking for physicians from all across Canada to bring their voices and talents together in this virtual choir! Each participant will receive the following:
- Sheet music (PDF) for vocal parts (soprano, alto, tenor/bass).
- Audio learning tracks for different voice parts.
- Two 1-hour online rehearsals in November 2020 with Dr. Nicholle Andrews to help learn the music and record individual audio tracks. These sessions will be recorded and made available afterward.
- Additional coaching on the filming of individual videos or photos for submission by December 4, 2020
If you are shy to sing but would feel more comfortable at a musical instrument, we can also provide coaching to be part of the video by playing your instrument!
Once the audio and video tracks are recorded, they will be submitted to a sound engineer and video engineer to create the final video project. The final video will be released on YouTube for free access and as a promotion request for donations to a charity (or charities) to be selected by the participating physicians.
The participant fee is $50 to cover the costs of music licensing, sound and video editing, and administration of the project.
Registration is now closed
Keep an eye out in the new year for a new project!