Virtual Choir

Sing to the Lord a new song!
    Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord! Bless his name!
    Share the news of his saving work every single day!

Psalm 96:1-2, Common English Bible

Singing together is an important part of our worship together. During the COVID-19 pandemic we are ceasing all in-person singing; however, that does not mean we are unable to join our voices in song.

You’re invited to join in the singing of the hymns for worship virtually by joining our virtual choir. Everyone is invited to join their voice with others and “sing to the Lord a new song!” in a new way together. The virtual choir will allow us to join voices with people from wherever they may be. Virtual choir videos will be shown as part of our worship together. Virtual worshipers will be invited to sing with the choir from home. Virtual choir videos may be posted to the church website, and social media, and shared in other ways that may encourage people in their faith journey.

Below you will find all the instructions and resources you need to join your voice to our virtual choir. If you have any questions, please email virtualchoir@franklinumc.org.

NOTE: Musicians are invited to add their contributions to the virtual choir too! All that is asked is that you play along (in the same key and time) with the sheet music provided. If you would like the full accompaniment sheet music (and not just the lead sheet), please email virtualchoir@franklinumc.org. The recording instructions for vocalists will work for musicians.

Recording Instructions

You will need two devices: one device with headphones to watch/listen to the accompaniment track and another device to video record yourself singing. You may find it easiest to record with a smart phone. Please record in a quiet environment. Your video submission should be you singing–no accompaniment music, and as little background noise as possible. While it is not an absolute essential, an external microphone for your computer or phone will improve your audio quality.

NOTE: You may be able to use a single computer, a pair of headphones, and two windows open (the accompaniment video and your computer’s camera). You will need to run a test to see if your computer can do this. We do not need to hear the accompaniment track with your vocals. All we want to hear is your voice.

STEP 1
Familiarize yourself with the music and listen to the accompaniment track/video. Practice singing to the track/video before recording yourself.

STEP 2
Find a place to set your recording device. Point the camera for where your face is clearly visible and fills the screen. If using a phone, make sure it is in horizontal/landscape orientation (not vertical/portrait orientation). Also make sure the room is bright so that we can clearly see you and your face.

STEP 3
When you are ready, setup a second device to play the accompaniment track/video. Note: You may be able to use a single computer for this; however, using two devices may be easiest. You should play the accompaniment track through your headphones. Please do not submit videos with the accompaniment track in the background. All we want to hear is your voice (or instrument).

STEP 4
Hit record on your second device, then play on the device you will be listening to the accompaniment track/video on. Clap with the cues on the track/video. This will help us align the videos.

STEP 5
Sing!!! Retakes are fine, but don’t spend too much time on this! Pick your best one and be done.

STEP 6
if possible, name your video in the following way [YourName_HYMNBOOK ABBREVIATION/HYMN NUMBER]. Example: MaxMadison_UMH95. If you can’t figure it out, do not worry about it.

STEP 7
Send us the recording of you singing! You can send it to us 1) by clicking the “Upload Video” button at the bottom of this page. You will be directed to a Google Form that will allow you to upload your video); or 2) email the video to virtualchoir@franklinumc.org. Make sure to include your name and the name of the song in your email.

Current Music

We are always looking for additional voices to sing “The Doxology” and “Amen”

“Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow, “The United Methodist Hymnal (1989), No. 95
SHEET MUSIC | ACCOMPANIMENT VIDEO

“Amen, Amen, “The Faith We Sing (2001), No. 2072 (Refrain ONLY)
SHEET MUSIC | ACCOMPANIMENT VIDEO


For Sunday, August 23, 2020 (Submissions due by Wednesday, August 19 at Midnight)

“This, This is Where Children Belong, “The Faith We Sing (2001), No. 2233
SHEET MUSIC | ACCOMPANIMENT VIDEO

“Jesus Loves Me,” The United Methodist Hymnal (1989), No. 191
SHEET MUSIC | ACCOMPANIMENT VIDEO


For Sunday, August 30, 2020 (Submissions due by Wednesday, August 26 at Midnight)

“Amazing Grace, “The United Methodist Hymnal (1989), No. 378
SHEET MUSIC | ACCOMPANIMENT VIDEO

“God of the Sparrow, God of the Whale,” The United Methodist Hymnal (1989), No. 122
SHEET MUSIC | ACCOMPANIMENT VIDEO


Video Upload

You can upload your video submission by clicking the button below. You will be redirected to a Google Form where you can upload your video. You may also email your submissions to jacob@franklinumc.org.