Narelle Worboys

Dannevirke, New Zealand

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Narelle Worboys
Posted over 4 years ago
If you were a member of Virtual Choir, Eric Whitacre's incredible global collaboration please share your story & journey with us & the world
Part 2 of 3 I _loved_ working with a skilled conductor. Eric knows what he wants and leads with clarity. He also has a talent for connecting with his choir. You see, the experience didn't cease when I uploaded the video of my vocal part. Through social media, I've been noticed and validated. I’ve conversed with a music professional who generously allows me access to his knowledge and his friends. I've asked for advice and shared in online music experiences with others. From my lonely place on the planet, I've become part of a universal, ongoing musical event. My health might limit my physical journey, but the internet has opened the world to me. I'm amazed and blessed to be given this opportunity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geEm94ULVSQ http://www.Songuine.blogspot.com
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Narelle Worboys
Posted over 4 years ago
If you were a member of Virtual Choir, Eric Whitacre's incredible global collaboration please share your story & journey with us & the world
Details while I wait... Hi from Narelle Worboys New Zealand an unlikely choir member, thrilled to have gained admission to this stupendous party! Part 1 of 3 I have a health challenge that complicates vocal sound, range, and control. I'm not strong enough to be part of a real-time choir. Real-time socializing is rare. My parents are the only people I see on a day-to-day basis. (Now and then townspeople say to me, "Where have you been all these years?") Virtual Choir gave me the opportunity to IGNORE all these things! Making music is my dream. Because of broadband internet, I can pursue music education and experience while I wait for my body to be freed. I wasn't affected by the northern hemisphere snow storms in December, but not having heard about the project until early December, the deadline extension meant I had enough time to memorize my part, figure out how to make my equipment work, find a day when my voice would work, and nail a good take. I couldn't have done it without the extra 10 days. I freaked when my lighting system clunked twice on my best take, but hooray for Tony Piper who promptly emailed back to me that this would not exclude me from participating. The music was difficult, requiring control and dynamic flexibility that stretched me. I struggled, supposing this piece was something that 'normal' singers handle with ease, but at the same time I revelled in it being ‘the real thing’. Worried I wasn't good enough, I paid close attention to the details in the sheet music and Eric's tutorial and conductor videos, and I studied other member uploads to gauge my progress. To be continued...
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Narelle Worboys
Posted over 4 years ago
If you were a member of Virtual Choir, Eric Whitacre's incredible global collaboration please share your story & journey with us & the world
Hi everyone! I got here late, but I'm doing my best to catch up with what's going on. I'm loving reading about you all. Your stories are wonderful. How I heard about Virtual Choir: In July 2010, while camping online with hundreds of Susan Boyle auditionees for 12 days past the promised winner announcement date, I found Virtual Choir 1.0 via Melody Myer's Susan's Search auditon video, and with awe and delight shared Lux Aurumque with my fellow squatters. It served as an inspiration for us to form our own virtual choir (SuBo), just for fun and open to anyone who auditioned for Susan. Melody's videos (i.e. Animal Crackers) led me to find out more about Eric Whitacre. It was a comment on his Facebook wall in December that alerted me to a second Virtual Choir project. I let SuBo VC know, hoping we could be one of the choirs represented, but only one other member managed to upload a video. Bravo for persevering, Corina Acosta! The brief on me: I’m ill, and isolated because of it. Fifteen of my 34 years have passed like this, but my dream is to share music with others. Virtual Choir gave me that opportunity. I’m stunned and deeply grateful to be part of it. Thank you, Eric and Team Whitacre.
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Narelle Worboys
Posted over 4 years ago
If you were a member of Virtual Choir, Eric Whitacre's incredible global collaboration please share your story & journey with us & the world
Maria, I'm so glad to read your story. I've seen you posting on Eric's Facebook wall. It is extraordinary, isn't it, to come as we are and all be made beautiful for it. I'm sorry I didn't know earlier about the member conversations going on. I'm envious of the connections so many of you have made. I look forward to reading your reports on how it feels to experience the premiere together! My special good wishes to the 'girl from New Zealand' who is staying with you. Tell her it's from another girl from New Zealand. =)