Stay At Home Choir FAQs


  1. Beethoven: Global Ode to Joy
  2. General


Beethoven: Global Ode to Joy

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How Do I Sign Up?

You can sign up right here on the website. Just hit join a project, select ‘Global Ode to Joy’ and click on ‘Get Started’.

How Much Does It Cost?

This project is completely free! We are so pleased to be working in conjunction with Google Arts and Culture, and Marin Alsop to bring you Beethoven at no cost to you.

However, we do have significant running costs as a choir, which are funded purely by donations from singers. If you would like to contribute towards the running cost of SAHC, we would be extremely grateful. You can do so here.

How Do I Find The Resources?

  • All the resources for the Global Ode to Joy can be found on the ‘Instructions’ page of our website
  • If the above link does not work for you follow the following steps
  • Go to
  • Click ‘Join a Project’
  • Select ‘Global Ode to Joy’
  • Click ‘Get Started’
  • You will be presented with a screen that looks like this:

  • Click ‘Log In’ (Circled in red in the image above)
  • Enter your email address and click ‘log in’
  • Click on ‘Get Instructions’, you’ll be presented with a screen that looks like this:

  • The resources are at the bottom of the above page, scroll down and you’ll find them

Do I Need to Buy a Score?

Nope! The score is available to download and print on the ‘Global Ode To Joy’ page of our website.

Please note that we are using a new text written especially for this project by the American Poet Laureate, Tracy K Smith.

The score we are using will be available to download here or on our Youtube learning resources.

What Voice Part Should I Sing?

It is entirely up to you! Our engineers are adept at balancing parts so please don’t worry about us ‘needing’ more of a certain voice type. Please choose a part which fits into your vocal range. We would ask however that you stick to one part and don’t change halfway through your recording – we mix each vocal part separately so it complicates things if we have a mixture of parts in one recording.

How Do I Sign Up To Rehearsals?

Rehearsals take place on Zoom and are also streamed to YouTube, so you can choose which way you’d like to access.

There are limited spaces in the Zoom Room, though once the room is full singers can still head to YouTube to watch the session live, and it will also be available to watch afterwards.

You will be able to sign up for rehearsals from Monday 19th October at 1400BST. Don’t worry, we’ll email to let you know the Eventbrite link is live.

How Do I Access Zoom Rehearsals?

If you choose to join the Zoom Room rather than watching on YouTube Live you must book a space through Eventbrite.

Help, I can't find my Zoom link!

You will receive your Zoom link in your Eventbrite confirmation email. You can also access the Zoom link by clicking the ‘Go To Online Event’ button and signing in/signing up to Eventbrite. There is also an option to add the Event to your Calendar, which has the addded benefit of reminding you to attend!

What Time Are The Events?

For information about when our events are, you can find the Schedule on the Instructions page of our website.

You can convert events to your local time using this Time Zone converter:

What If I Can’t Make An Event?

  • All our events are optional, so please don’t worry if you’re not able to attend.
  • We will record all rehearsals and webinars and they will be available (via links on our website) on our YouTube channel once complete.

I live on the other side of the world / I work shifts, can I still join in?

It is our aim to rehearsals at different times and on different days of the week in order to accommodate as many of you as possible. 

How Do I Submit A Video?

The submission portal for Beethoven will open on 25th October at 1400 GMT.

Once it is open, you still see a ‘Submit Video’ button appear on the main project screen. Please click that, choose your voice part, and then select your file to upload.

If your file appears greyed out and you’re unable to choose it, instead, try dragging the file into the submission window. The system will name your file using your full name which you have signed up with.

Do I Have To Submit A Video?

Not if you don’t want to! It’s absolutely fine for you to come along to rehearsals and take part in the process, but not actually submit a video. 

Alternatively, you can submit audio only if you’d prefer not to send in a video.

Submission Timetable

As this is a ‘flash’ project, submissions will only be open for one week.

Submissions open on Sunday 25th October at 1400 GMT.
Submissions will remain open until Sunday 1st November at 2300 GMT.

What format should my video be?

You are welcome to submit in whatever format works for you, as long as it is landscape orientation.

There should be no need to resize or compress unless it is particularly large and you are having trouble uploading.

Help, my video keeps failing to upload!

Make sure that you have a strong internet signal. Placing your device next to the wifi router, for example, can help speed up the process. It may also help if there aren’t too many other devices connected to the internet at the same time.

If you are still having trouble uploading your file, try running it through a converter such as this one to make the file smaller:

Where will this project be published?

Google Arts and Culture will premiere this video on YouTube. Further information will be sent round on email and published on all our social media channels, so you won’t miss it!

How do I ask Marin a question?

We have one session with Marin Alsop on Wednesday 27th October. If you would like to ask a question, you will be able to submit it via a Google Form and we will choose a selection to ask on the day.

We will send out the link for the form a week before the event.

Which orchestra is playing?

The orchestra is an enormous blend of nine of the world’s top symphony orchestras, led by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Alongside us, this is set to be a truly global event!

What is a Joy video?

Google Arts and Culture would like to collect a video smorgasbord of how people have been finding joy over the last few months. If you took part in the Global Armed Man, this is similar to the home snapshots we included in the Final Chorale

You DO NOT NEED to upload your Joy videos to, this aspect of the project is separate from the choir.

Just upload them to YouTube and tag them with #globalodetojoy

What is the difference between the two videos?

Your ‘Joy’ video will be uploaded to Youtube with the tag #globalodetojoy and will be a snapshot of whatever has brought you joy over the last few months.

The other video will be a video of you singing, and you will send it to us in the usual way through the portal. 


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How do I join the Stay At Home Choir?

  • You can sign up to sing with us right here on this website!
  • You can sign up to any of our active projects. Click ‘Join Project’, select your project and then click ‘Get Started’ to sign up
  • To join the general mailing list, head to the homepage, scroll to the bottom and click on ‘Join Newsletter’

When is a video from a previous project going to be released?

  • We have an ever-growing membership and as a result each video takes our small team slightly longer than the last to produce. We strive to release the highest quality products which truly showcase the talent of our membership, and every care is taken during the production process – this can take time! We send information about developments for previous projects via email, and we also post updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
  • Make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list and following us on social media to keep updated!

I can't see myself in your latest video BUT my name is on the credits!

Although we try to ensure that every face is featured in our videos, with thousands of people submitting for every project it is very tricky to make sure that everyone can see themselves. 

If you can see your name on the credits please don’t worry – you are still on the track and have been included in the project!

Why can I see duplicates in the virtual choir grids?

Because we only have two visual editors we simply don’t have the manpower required to place people by hand. We rely on a computer programme to randomise the thousands of videos we receive and place them within the grids. Whilst we try to avoid duplicates where possible in the middle of our screens, we actively fill the ‘faded out’ areas around the edges of our shots with people who have already been featured in the middle somewhere, so that no-one ends up hanging off the edge of the screen! It’s a complicated process, and we get better at it with each edit.

How do I make a donation to the Stay At Home Choir?

  • You can donate at the time of registering for a specific project – you will be asked when registering if you would like to make a donation
  • If you choose not to donate upon registration and decide to donate later on, or wish to make a further donation, please head to the page of any previous project (e.g. Kings Singers) and click ‘Donate’ at the top of the page. This will enable you to donate without having to register or re-register for a project.
  • The Stay At Home Choir is run by a small team of just 10 people and we receive no external funding, so any contribution small or large is greatly appreciated by us all and enables us to continue bringing you these projects.

If you would like to donate directly to the overall running of the Stay At Home Choir, please click here

I would like to feature Stay At Home Choir on my TV/Radio show

  • Please email [email protected] with any PR requests.
  • Please include “PR REQUEST” at the start of your email subject.

What format or size should my video be?

You are welcome to submit in whichever format works for you, as long as it is landscape. There should be no need to resize or compress unless it is particularly large and you have trouble uploading. 

How can I contact the Stay At Home Choir directly?

  • If this FAQ page has not answered your query, please get in contact with our team
  • Email: [email protected]

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