There are 3 ways you can get involved, see below to learn about how to get involved
Sing One Note
For the people who feel they can’t sing well to the pros, all we are asking is for you to sing one note! Yep, that’s right! Take any note in the Ab Major Scale (A♭, B♭, C, D♭, E♭, F, and G) as high or low as you want and sing the word “Love” for 10 seconds. Do not breathe in the middle of the 10 seconds, because your video will be considered done the moment you stop singing. If you cannot hold a note out for that long don’t worry about it. The maximum length of the video should be 10 seconds so any duration under that is acceptable.
Join The Choir
To all the singers, regardless of skill level, send a video of yourself singing the a cappella choir section of the arrangement. There are many voice parts to chose from and if you’ve never been in a choir you might not know which one to choose. In general, females (not taking testosterone) and other related high pitched voices sing Soprano and Alto. The high voice parts ranked from highest to lowest are Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1, and Alto 2. For males (not taking estrogen) and other low pitched voices commonly sing Tenor, Baritone, and Bass. The low voice parts ranked from highest to lowest are Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone, and Bass. Keep in mind there are exceptions to these suggestions so if you are still confused, sing along with each part and determine which part is the most comfortable for your voice to sing. If your range makes it too difficult to pick one, flip a coin!
Sing A Solo (Auditioned)
During the orchestral section, we are asking the very best singers to sing the first verse of the hymn alone. The notes in the recording and sheet music are just a reference for when you need to sing. Feel free to sing in any way you would like. We are looking for creative and powerful singers to make the arrangement extra unique. The way we define unique is using your voice to tell a story in your own style. Unfortunately since we believe having full attention on the solo is so important, we will only select a few submissions to be highlighted. Regardless of whether your video is used or not, you will be recognized in the credits.
Where can I find the music?
Click the link below for pdf's for your category. If you are in the choir you will select the full score. If you are singing one note, there is no music.
What do I wear?
Wear anything that is appropriate. Avoid anything with words on it as it will take away from the focus of the video.
Where should I record?
You may record in any non-distracting space. We prefer a neutral background if possible in a space with little to no echo. You must be alone to avoid any background noise. Visit our video/photo specs page for more information about recording spaces.
Can someone hold the camera for me?
This is not recommended. Rest your camera on a tripod or any object that will prop up the device. If this is not an option, you may have someone record but the video must not be shaky and they cannot move while recording.
Can I sing with other people?
No. Only one person should be heard and seen per submission.
Can I submit for more than one category?
Yes! We encourage everyone to participate as much as they want. If you want to sing a solo and join the choir, or even the orchestra, we invite you to submit multiple flies. When you are ready to create a Wetransfer link, upload all files and leave a message telling us what is included in the link.
How can I practice?
Using your music and our soundcloud practice tracks, you will have the chance to listen and sing along to your part in multiple ways. The practice tracks will include one track with your part sung alone, one track with all parts played softly and your part played the loudest, and one track with all the parts at the same volume.
How will my video be used?
For the majority of the performance, the large ensembles will be shown. Each video submission will be shown together, some more than others. If you are a person of color, we may show your video more than others. This will be done in order to give you a chance to speak about something that affects you. If you are not a person of color, we will design the video in ways to portray you as an ally to the BLM movement. The soloist will be bigger than most videos in order to be the main focus.