Songs of Gratitude Remote Vocal Ensemble

Calling All Napa County High School Vocalists!

Festival Napa Valley’s Songs of Gratitude Remote Vocal Ensemble is a virtual choir composed of vocalists drawn from all of Napa County’s high schools, many with highly noted award-winning choral programs. High school vocalists are asked to record themselves alongside our virtual conductor and upload their videos. Each video will then be synchronized into one collective remote vocal ensemble performance that will premiere as part of Festival Napa Valley’s Songs of Gratitude program on YouTube on Saturday, December 5, 2020.

High schools with 10 or more student vocalists in the final ensemble piece will be awarded a grant for their participation.

For this performance, we’ve selected an arrangement by Russell Robinson of “How Can I Keep From Singing?" an American folksong turned Quaker hymn originally written by Rev. Robert Lowry in 1868. It was brought to contemporary audiences by Pete Seeger in the 1950s, and then by Enya in the 1990s. Reflecting upon the act of singing’s unique power to both rejoice and mourn, “How Can I Keep From Singing?” captures the complexity of our current times and reminds us to find unity and understanding in each other through music.

Submission Deadline: 5pm (Pacific Time), FRIDAY, October 23, 2020

How to Participate

We have developed a set of innovative tools that will help you learn, perform, and submit your part of the Songs of Gratitude Remote Vocal Ensemble project. There are three easy steps: learn, record, and upload. Follow the links below to get started!

We look forward to your submissions and encourage you to watch Songs of Gratitude on December 5 to see the final performance!

Download the Part Recording Instructions Conducting Video and Guide Tracks

When your recording is completed and ready, head to the Upload Page to submit.

Upload Your Video

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