The Viral Choir was launched in March 2020 when the global pandemic threatened to keep us from singing.
As we saw communities and choirs across the world closing temporarily in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19, we created a new way of allowing people to sing together - introducing The Viral Choir!!!
Throughout 2020, we saw a few hundred members from all over the world join us and quickly saw a clear community emerge. Our spirit and our songs create real connections with people who are no longer feeling isolated and who - most importantly - get to keep singing!!
In 2021, with our physical choirs back in Brisbane and Cairns, we merged the Viral Choir with Soul Song and our online members either participate on demand or as subscription members. Viral members learn the same repertoire as our physical choirs so that when borders and travel is open, they can join the physical choirs for rehearsals and performances, while also continuing to publish virtual choir videos every 2-3 weeks. Check out our membership options here.
The inclusions of subscription membership that are particularly relevant for our online members are:
Twice weekly hybrid online rehearsals (Monday and Wednesday nights, 6.30-8.30pm QLD time), Viral members join into a physical Brisbane rehearsal so you get to hear the choir in the room but can also interact with Jaq via the chat and verbally and can interact with othrer members in the chat.
Recordings of all hyrbid rehearsals in case you can't make them live
Fortnightly Zoom socials on a Sunday night
The opportunity (optional) to put in a recording every 2-3 weeks for a virtual choir video - see our examples below. Submitting videos are completely optional and we have many members of VIral Choir who participate full without every submitting a recording.
The opportunity to join live rehearsals whenever members can travel to Brisbane or Cairns
The opportunity to join us for all special events and major performances (this year in Brisbane, Cairns and Hobart)
New members are welcome at any stage on a Monday or Wednesday night (6.30-8.30pm QLD time) and we offer a free trial rehearsal before you sign up. Please contact Jaq on 0412 255587 or email@example.com to arrange a link to join us for a trial Zoom rehearsal. She will also send you the lyrics for the songs that we'll be working on that week so that you can follow along.
how Do virtual rehearsals work?
Over the last two years, we have tried a few different models for our online rehearsals and we know exactly what works and what doesn't!
In 2022 (unless COVID changes things) our online rehearsals will all be what we call hybrid rehearsals. This means that our online members will join one of our physical Brisbane rehearsals via Zoom. So, you will sit in the comfort of your own home, or even with friends and family, and you will be able to see and hear the choir in the room, have a close up view of the Director and also be able to see all other Zoom participants.
For most of the rehearsal you will need to be muted, so no one else will hear you sing. This is because it's not possible to sing together in sync online. It's up to you whether you want to have your camera on or off, although our experience shows that those looking for connection with others do better with their cameras on. We use a projection screen in the rehearsal room so that those in the room knows who is online at home.
Despite being on mute when singing, the rehearsal is fully interactive and you have several ways to interact with the rehearsal in the room as well as with other members online:
The Zoom chat function (typed chat) is used extensively for members online to chat with each other during rehearsal, exactly as you would do if you were sitting next to them in the room. In fact, even better because you don't interrupt the teaching!
You can ask Jaq, the Director, a question at any time by typing it in the chat in ALL CAPS (to get her attention) or by using the Zoom 'raise your hand' function. When Jaq sees this, she'll invite you to unmute and ask your question.
Jaq will often react to the chat comments as they happen and share them with the singers in the room.
Before and after rehearsal and during the short break, members on Zoom normally unmute themselves and have a chat and sometimes we will use breakout rooms during the break if there are too many people for one conversation.
For your trial rehearsal, you'll be emailed lyrics to use for the songs we're working on that week. Then, once you've signed up as a member, you'll have access to all our resources, including sheet music and learning tracks, and we'll post you out your own lyric book with the entire repertoire for the year. NB: Both Monday and Wednesday rehearsals will cover pretty much the same material each week so you’re welcome to attend either or both if you’re really keen!
It's natural if you feel a bit nervous about joining a rehearsal online for the first time as it's a very different concept but, if it helps, just know that:
we have lots of very lovely and experienced memebrs on each rehearsal and they can and will help you find anything you're not sure about.
as you don't even need to leave your house, you really risk nothing by giving it a go. If you really find it's not for you and can't even make it through a rehearsal, you just hit the Leave button!
it's very relaxed and some people will be in their PJs or working, cooking or eating at the same time! And there will almost always be at least one cat!!
If you have any questions that haven't been answered above, or your ready to arrange your free trial, get in touch with Jaq - firstname.lastname@example.org or 0412 255 587.
VIRTUAL CHOIR VIDEOS
Our virtual choir videos are a really important way of keeping our Viral members singing and is the only way they get to sing 'together' without travelling. Since March 2020 we have produced over 60 videos!!!!
All Soul Song subscription members have the opportunity every 2-3 weeks to be part of a virtual choir video. Not all members submit videos but it's a great learning tool and experience for those that do. Check out some of the videos so far of click on the link underneath for the full playlist: