Sons Of Old Grinnell

Now we have a fun (and easier) sequel to the Rachmaninov project: we’re going to make a virtual choir version of “Sons of Old Grinnell,” the college song with words and music by J. Norman Hall, the author of Mutiny on the Bounty.  We hope that we can get an avalanche of submissions, and that we will be able to fill the computer screen with a multitude of voices and faces.  The conductor this time is one of your fellow alumni, Austin Morris ’15 (Austin is also the Grinnell Virtual Choir Technician).

In order to submit a video from home, follow the directions below.  Also, if you come to reunion, Austin will be available at that time to videotape your submission at the college’s video studio.

The following links are for the Conducting Video and the Score.

To Record your Voice Part:

1) Print your score (or open it on a separate device).

2) When you are ready to sing, open the conducting video above in a new tab.

3) Open your preferred camera application. You’ll need to be able to run the camera while viewing the conducting video. Make sure you’re wearing headphones so the mic doesn’t pick up sound from the video.

4) After your camera has started recording, begin playback of the conducting video.  The conducting video starts with a 5 second countdown followed by a quick flash of white.  To facilitate the process of syncing your voice with everyone else’s please clap your hands once loudly at the end of the five second countdown when the video flashes white and continue recording through the end of the piece.

5) When you’ve completed your recording, direct your browser to: in a new window or tab.

Login with the username “virtualchoir” and enter the same for the password.

6) Click the Add Media button

7) Click the Add New button and select Media Upload

8) Select the file you wish to upload

9) Enter your Name and the song name in the name field and other information you wish to share about yourself in the description field. Enter the part you are singing in the tag field.

10) Click the Save button at the bottom of the page. After saving your recording will be uploaded with the other submissions and will be edited together to create a virtual choir.

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