Stay At Home Choir FAQs

 

  1. The Album Project
  2. General FAQs

 

The Album Project

How do I find the resources?

The learning resources for this project will be available on The Album Project page from the beginning of June.

Click ‘Get Started’ then ‘Log In’ and enter your email address. Then click ‘Get Instructions’. Scroll down and you’ll see all the resources, including sheet music, learning videos, information about rehearsals, and a guide to recording and submission.  

How much does it cost?

Our suggested contribution for The Album Project is £36, with a minimum contribution of £20. This includes access to all of the learning resources and a digital download of the album when it’s released in November 2021.

You can also choose to make a higher contribution, which will help us to offer free places to people on our waitlist.

If you can’t afford to contribute at the moment, you can join our waitlist. We offer free places to as many people as we can.

Do I need to buy the scores?

Nope! All of the scores, for all five pieces, are included in your contribution to the project.

Can I pay less and just rehearse one piece?

The Album Project is a curated repertoire of five pieces. You’re welcome to take part in rehearsals however you wish, but we’ve designed the project to work as a whole.

So no, we unfortunately can’t offer partial participation in The Album Project for a lower contribution.

Do I have to record all five pieces?

Nope! You’re welcome to record and submit all five pieces, or just one, or none at all! Every part of the project is optional so please take part however you want.

Which voice part should I sing?

It’s entirely up to you! Please choose a part which fits your vocal range and feels comfortable for you.

Our engineers are adept at balancing parts so please don’t worry about us ‘needing’ more of a certain voice type. 

But please stick to only one voice part during your recording – don’t change halfway through! We mix each vocal part separately so it complicates things if we have a mixture of parts in one recording.

How do I take part in rehearsals?

You can take part in rehearsals by watching live on YouTube or by joining us in the Zoom room.

You can also ‘catch up’ on rehearsals by watching the recordings, which are uploaded to the website within 24 hours of an event.

You’ll find all of the links to YouTube livestreams, and all of the links to the Zoom room registration forms, in the project schedule. Registration for the Zoom rooms opens weekly, on Mondays, at 2pm BST.

I'm unable to attend the live rehearsals - can I still take part?

Yes, of course! All of our sessions are optional, so please don’t worry if you’re not able to attend.

We also record all of our rehearsals and forums, which we then upload to our website so you can catch up later. You can find the videos of previous sessions by logging into the project page and clicking ‘rehearsals’.

How do I join rehearsals on Zoom?

If you’d like to join us in a Zoom rehearsal, you’ll need to register for a place.

The links to register for each rehearsal are available in the project schedule, which you’ll find once you log into The Album Project page.

Space in the Zoom rooms is limited. If we can offer you a place, you’ll receive a confirmation email no later than 24 hours before an event. The confirmation email will include information on how to join the Zoom room. 

How do I cancel my Zoom booking?

If you can no longer attend a Zoom rehearsal and need to cancel your place, open your Zoom meeting confirmation email. Scroll down to the bottom until you see a sentence which reads ‘you can cancel your registration at any time’. Click on the link in the word ‘cancel’ to cancel your place.

I haven't received a confirmation email for a Zoom event - what should I do?

We have limited spaces in our Zoom rooms, so we won’t always be able to offer everyone a place to join our Zoom events. You can still join us live for every event on YouTube.

If you think you should have received a confirmation email but haven’t got one, or if you’re repeatedly having trouble getting a space in our Zoom rooms, please email us at [email protected]. We’ll be able to check the status of your registration and give you a direct Zoom link if you need one.

What times are the sessions?

We vary the times of our live sessions from week to week. This gives as many people as possible the chance to participate, regardless of timezones, work schedules, or other regular commitments.

Log in to the project to view the full project schedule.

You can view the project schedule in different timezones by clicking the tabs at the top of the project schedule page. You can also convert events to your local time using this Time Zone converter: www.thetimezoneconverter.com

What different types of session can I take part in?

Tutti rehearsals: ‘Tutti’ means ‘all’, so these rehearsals are for everyone! 

Sectional rehearsals: Our sectional rehearsals are an opportunity to look at your part in more detail. ‘S&A’ stands for ‘soprano and alto’, the higher voice parts. ‘T&B’ stands for ‘tenor and bass’, the lower voice parts.  

Vocal technique/health forums: These are technique sessions with an industry expert. We’ll ask you to submit your questions in advance via a Google Form in our weekly email.  

Drop-ins: These are informal sessions where you can ask the SAHC team your questions, musical or technical! Ask us about vocal technique, recording, technology issues – anything at all. You can drop in for a few minutes or the whole session.  

Global socials: These are relaxed social sessions where you can spend time with the SAHC team and your fellow members! We’ll answer your questions, chat about the project so far, and play a few games together. 

Why are submissions for The Album Project audio-only?

We’re releasing the finished Album Project as an album – not as a video! So you only need to record and submit the pieces as audio files.

How can I buy the album?

The Album Project will be available in mid-November 2021. We’re initially planning this as a digital download, but we’re looking into creating physical CDs too!

If you join The Album Project, you’ll receive a digital download of the album (when it’s ready!) included in your contribution.

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How do I join the Stay At Home Choir?

You can join the Stay At Home Choir by signing up for one of our projects. Click here to view all of our projects and look for those marked ‘active’ or ‘upcoming’.

You can keep up to date on what we’re working on by joining our mailing list. Click here to go to our homepage, then scroll down and click ‘Join Newsletter’.

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

Our projects are Pay-As-You-Feel, so when you sign up, you’ll be asked if you’d like to make a contribution. This helps us cover the costs of the project and means we can offer free places to those who need them.

You can also make a contribution to the Stay At Home Choir at any time on our website! Click here to go to our homepage and then click ‘Contribute’ in the top right corner.

The Stay At Home Choir is run by a very small team and we receive no external funding. Any contribution you can make, large or small, is greatly appreciated by all of us.

I'm on the waitlist - will I get a place on the project?

We offer free places to as many people on our waitlist as we can. If you’re on the waitlist, please wait for an email to let you know that you have been given a place on the project.

We rely on the generosity of our members to fund free places for people on the waitlist, so we can’t guarantee a place will become available for you. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns.

How do I record and submit a video?

Please read our recordings and submissions guide carefully. You’ll find this by logging into the project page, scrolling down, and clicking ‘recordings and submissions’.

If you have any further questions, please email us at [email protected]

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

If you decide after submission that you’d like to do another take, just re-submit a video and it will replace your previous submission.

How do I submit an audio-only recording?

To submit an audio recording, follow the submission portal as you would for a video. When you reach the ‘Upload File’ page, either drag the audio file into the grey box, or, click ‘All Files’ in the bottom right hand side of the pop-up and choose the file you would like to upload. 

Do I have to submit a video?

Not if you don’t want to! It’s absolutely fine for you to just come along to rehearsals and take part in the process without submitting a video. 

If you’re just camera-shy, don’t worry! You can submit an audio-only recording if you prefer.

What should I wear in my video?

Whatever you like! We’ll love your video whatever you wear.

There’s no dress code and no obligation to wear our (very lovely) Stay At Home Choir merchandise (although you might want to have a look at our shop if you haven’t already…).

Some of our members like to wear a bright colour so they can find themselves more easily in our final performance videos. But please wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and confident! 

Why isn't my video uploading?

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.

There isn’t a limit on file size that we can receive, but you might find it easier to upload if your file is smaller. Try running it through a converter or compressor like this one: https://convert-video-online.com

What format or size should my video be?

We can accept any file type or size, as long as you’ve recorded your video in landscape orientation.

You shouldn’t need to resize or compress your video unless you’re having trouble uploading it.

When will you release a video from a previous project?

We have a small team and an ever-growing membership. We strive to release the highest quality videos which truly showcase the talent of our singers and artists, so we take every care during the production process – which can take time! 

We provide regular updates about previous projects by email and social media. So make sure you’ve signed up to our mailing list and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @stayathomechoir. 

Why can I see duplicate faces 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.

Why can't I see myself in your latest video even though my name is in the credits?

Although we try to ensure that every singer’s face is featured in our videos, thousands of people submit recordings for every project. This makes it very tricky to make sure that everyone can see themselves. 

If you can’t spot your face in the video but you can see your name in the credits, please don’t worry – you’re still part of the track!

How can I listen to/watch previous Stay At Home Choir projects?

You can see our amazing final performance videos on our YouTube channel. Make sure to subscribe and click the notification bell so you never miss a video!

You can also watch the videos right here on our website. Click here to go our project page, then click on any project marked ‘past’. 

We don’t have our performances available as digital downloads or on a CD – yet!

I'm writing an article/making a podcast/TV show/radio programme - can I feature the Stay At Home Choir?

Yes! Please email [email protected] with any PR requests, and include ‘PR REQUEST’ in the subject line.

How can I contact the Stay At Home Choir?

If you haven’t found the answer to your question on this FAQ page or elsewhere on our website, please email us at [email protected].