SALT LAKE CITY — Sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses from all over the globe are getting their chance to sing with the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir with just a pair of headphones and a click of a button.
At first glance, the making of this unique music video looks like just an average practice for the members of the world-renowned choir, but if you look look closer, you’ll notice some new faces singing along to the hallelujah chorus.
“Those people are representing various factions and then individual video screens will be all put around so it gives you this amazing sense of a worldwide choir,” Scott Barrick, the Mo Tab’s general manager, said.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir travels all around the world to sing for other, but with the invention of this new virtual choir, it allows people from all over the world to sing with them.
You may wonder where the rest of the voices will come from? Simple, YouTube. Barrick said he hopes the extra melodious oomph will help them break the record for the number of singers in one choir, which is currently 5,900 vocalists.
“The choir is reaching to a new generation of listeners both younger generations and also people in international locations who might not have heard the choir before the advent of YouTube and the internet,” Barrick said.
Even people who aren’t members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from other parts of the globe are joining in. Alexandra Mayugba is a graduate student in Germany. She decided to submit her video after seeing her Mormon friends post it on Facebook.
Laurel Larson on the other hand, submitted her video after she stumbled upon the set up on the BYU campus. Larsen said she’s most excited to see the finished product.
“I’m excited to share it with my friends as well and to be able to show them not only that i participated but also like what my church is doing…it brings a lot of people together and helps them to be able to celebrate Christ in the same way but through music,” Larsen said.
Which is what Barrick said is the choir’s main goal.
“The choir is an ambassador for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,” Barrick said. “That is our main mission. all of the other pieces we sometimes get tied up in the internet and how fabulous it is and how many views and all that but really what we’re trying to do is share our love of Jesus Christ and to sing hallelujah. Which means praise ye the Lord. That’s what we’re trying to do at Easter time.”
The finished music video will appear online this Sunday and Barrick said it’s the perfect way to celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday.