News – Eric Whitacre Composer, Conductor, Speaker Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:09:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Goodnight Moon – SATB Choir & Piano Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:45:28 +0000 continued]]> Eric’s arrangement of Goodnight Moon for SATB choir & piano is out today.

“Over the first six years of his life, I must have read Goodnight Moon to my son a thousand times, maybe more. Somewhere around reading number 500 I began hearing little musical fragments as I read, and over time those fragments began to blossom into a simple, sweet lullaby. I knew it was a long shot, but I asked my manager, Claire Long, to contact HarperCollins and see if they would allow the text to be set to music. To my surprise and delight they agreed – the first time they had ever allowed Goodnight Moon to be used in such a way. I composed the piece relatively quickly, originally setting the text for harp, string orchestra, and my son’s mother, soprano Hila Plitmann. ” Eric Whitacre

The sheet music can be found at J W Pepper or Hal Leonard.

The choral single, featuring the Eric Whitacre Singers, can be found on all your favorite platforms including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.


Take part in vital scientific research and help make history Thu, 12 Jul 2018 11:15:03 +0000 continued]]> As part of Virtual Choir 5, we partnered with Dr. Daisy Fancourt of University College London in order to investigate the virtual experience of a cultural event. There are just a few days left to be a part of this vital scientific research.

The research will look at the following areas in more detail:

  1. What are people’s motivations for taking part in a VC?
  2. How does engagement with a VC compare to experiences of real choirs?
  3. Does taking part in a VC help people to feel more connected to others?
  4. Does taking part in a VC enhance people’s wellbeing?

The research is split into two parts:

QUESTIONNAIRE 1: Anyone can answer part 1 of the questionnaire. Just sign up or log into your Profile at and complete the questionnaire within your profile (see the Scientific Research Project box on the right hand side of the page).

QUESTIONNAIRE 2: In order to complete questionnaire 2, you must have submitted a video to Virtual Choir 5 before the deadline. Questionnaire 2 can be found within your VC5 profile.

“There is growing interest in virtual experiences of cultural activities: whether they can help to reach isolated individuals, how they affect people emotionally and how they compare to real-life experiences. However, to date there is very little research. This study will look at the phenomenon of the virtual choir through a two phase research study for a project delivered in collaboration with Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir (VC).”

Dr. Daisy Fancourt

Listen to Eric conducting the Netherlands Radio Choir Tue, 03 Jul 2018 12:53:10 +0000 continued]]> Last night, Eric’s concert with the Netherlands Radio Choir from Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw was broadcast live on NPO Radio 4. The All-American program includes Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Copland’s Old American Songs accompanying Eric’s The City and the Sea, Lux Aurumque, The Chelsea Carol, The Seal Lullaby, and Animal Crackers. The choir was joined by the incredible Welsh countertenor David Allsopp.

Listen again now on the NPO 4 website.

Extension to Virtual Choir 5 Deadline Wed, 27 Jun 2018 19:55:06 +0000 continued]]> Over the past few hours, we’ve been overwhelmed with people requesting an extension to the Virtual Choir 5 deadline. As a consequence, we are extending the deadline to allow you a final weekend to record your videos. All videos must be submitted by July 1, 2018 at 11:59pm PT – this Sunday. Please know that we will not be able to extend beyond this point so if you do wish to submit a video, you have 4 more days to do so. Come join us!

Concert with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – May 2019 Wed, 27 Jun 2018 13:13:33 +0000 continued]]> Eric returns to conduct the RPO with the City of London Choir, this time at London Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall. With an all-American programme including works by Bernstein, Adams and Copland, the programme also features several of Eric’s own pieces: October, Songs of immortality, Equus, Lux Aurumque, Godzilla eats Las Vegas and Sleep.

Tickets are on sale now from the Southbank Centre.

48 hours left to submit to Virtual Choir 5 Tue, 26 Jun 2018 07:00:10 +0000 Join now at and submit your video within the next 48 hours to be a part of Deep Field.

New Merch Now Available Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:21:58 +0000 Some new merch has just been launched in the online store. You can now get your hands on Choir Geeks and Band Nerd tote bags and pencils as well as new range of Virtual Choir 5 t-shirts. Check it out!

Merch Store

Interview on BBC Radio 4’s The Digital Human Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:15:40 +0000 Listen to Eric’s recent interview on BBC Radio 4’s The Digital Human series. The series explores different aspects of living in the digital world and the theme of this episode is Joy. The episode can be streamed online or downloaded as a podcast.

Virtual Choir 5 is now LIVE Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:12:34 +0000 continued]]> Head over to to find out more and sign up to record your video!

Eric Whitacre invites you to join your voice with thousands of others from around the world in Virtual Choir 5: Deep Field.

VC5 will take part in a performance of Deep Field, Eric’s work for symphony orchestra, chorus and electronica, inspired by one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time – the Deep Field images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Their discovery is a tale of human aspiration, endeavor, wonder and extraordinary scientific vision.

We want to make this Virtual Choir as accessible as possible so singers do not have to read music to participate. Just watch Eric’s video tutorials, practice, get comfortable, record and submit – it’s simple. There are new vocal parts for Deep Field written by Eric especially for VC5 to float above the existing orchestral, choral and electronica tracks. Also, for the first time ever, we have made it possible for you to record your video on a mobile device. The Deep Field film will be created by a team of gifted creatives, scientists and imagineers at the Space Telescope Science Institute and 59 Productions. The film will be released late in 2018. As well as online, we anticipate that it will be available in planetariums, art & science festivals, in concert halls and space agency sites the world over.

We have a technical support team backed by a great community of experienced online singers to share in your passion and assist you throughout the process. Every submission will be included so please join us!

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Big Sing California – Registration Now Open! Tue, 22 May 2018 17:17:42 +0000 continued]]> Join me and over 10,000 singers for the biggest choral event in California state history! We’ll have a chance to perform some amazing pieces including Morten Lauridsen’s Dirait-on, Pentatonix’s Sing and the Beatles’ Hey Jude as well as my piece, Sleep. Whether you sign up for a hub venue or plan to participate at home, you will be part of a group singing event unlike any other.

I’ll be hosting this live choral concert with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and 2,000 audience singers at Walt Disney Concert Hall, which will simultaneously be broadcasted to five California satellite venues where choirs will be assembled and singing with each other in real-time.  In addition, the concert will be live-streamed online (right here) for anyone in the world to watch – and sing along. And best of all, it’s absolutely FREE!

For more information and to sign up, visit the Los Angeles Master Chorale website.