In 2010, composer Eric Whitacre amazed the world with his Youtube video Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold) which used the internet to bring together 185 voices from 12 countries.
A new piece from Whitacre, Water Night, uses an amazing 3,746 video submissions from 73 countries.
Now a gay and lesbian choir from Sydney, Australia has started its own virtual choir project, OutPostChoir, to celebrate diversity and highlight discrimination and violence against LGBT people.
The project is based on the song “You Make Me Proud,” selected earlier in an international competition.
Composer Howard Alexander, from Brighton, England, said the song was about recognizing and celebrating people in the community who help to give gay people the strength to be themselves and to be the best they could be.
“Sometimes those people have had to deal with huge challenges themselves and have overcome them, and become an inspiration to us in that way,” Alexander said.
“But often it is just the incredible love and support of our extended family and friends which gives us the courage to really overcome our own personal struggles and to follow our own dreams.”
The Choir particularly wants contributions from isolated gay people in regional Australia and those in less tolerant countries around the world.
Here’s the choir performing the song, which they want people to listen to, record their voice on a webcam, cell phone, or camcorder and then send the video through the web to join the virtual choir: