LSYO Digital Content

While we are socially isolating and unable to perform in person, there are many ways that you, our musicians, can help us maintain engagement with our community.  

Photos

 

Do you have any photos of you with your fellow LSYO musicians?  Selfies at rehearsal breaks or post-concert parties?  We'd like to collect them to assemble a slide show!  Please look through your collection and upload them using this Google Form.

Testimonial Videos (Students)

We are planning to use testimonial videos as part of our virtual gala.  Please follow these guidelines:

  1. Record in landscape.

  2. If possible, pose with (or in front of) your instrument.

  3. Pause ~2 seconds before and after you speak to allow for editing before publication.

  4. Please follow this Mad Lib:

    My name is __<first name only>__ and I've been playing with the LSYO for ___________ years.  I love playing with the LSYO because ____<something inspiring or inspirational>____.
     

  5. Upload your testimonial video using this Google Form.

Testimonial Videos (Parents)

We are planning to use testimonial videos as part of our virtual gala.  Please follow these guidelines:

  1. Record in landscape.

  2. Pause ~2 seconds before and after you speak to allow for editing before publication.

  3. Please follow this Mad Lib:

    My/our name(s) is/are __<first name only>__.  Our son/daughter has been playing with the LSYO for ___________ years.  We love that they have an opportunity to perform with LSYO because ____<something inspiring or inspirational>____.
     

  4. Upload your testimonial video using this Google Form.

Solo Video

We would be grateful if you would consider uploading a video of you performing one of your favorite pieces that we could post to our social media channels or use for our virtual gala.

Please follow these guidelines:

  1. Record in landscape.

  2. Keep the overall video to less than 3 minutes.

  3. Choose a piece of music in the public domain (for information about music in the public domain, reference the Public Domain Information Project).  If you are unsure or want help finding a piece, please feel free to contact Mr. Lawrence.

  4. Pause ~2 seconds before and after your recording to allow for editing before publication.

  5. Introduce yourself (first name only).

  6. State the name of the piece and the composer.

  7. If desired, state why you chose this piece of music.

  8. Upload your recording using this Google Form.

  9. If you have a piece already recorded that you would like to include, please add a short intro video that can be added over the video.  Upload both videos to the Google Form in Step 7 (you will have to use the form twice, once for each video).  We will combine the two videos for you.
     

Recording Duets or Ensembles with Acapella

 

Before getting started, you should understand:

  1. The Acapella application only works on Apple devices.

  2. Except for the first musician, everyone must have an Acapella account.  It is free, but you must be 16 or older to sign up.  Work with a parent if you are not 16 years old.

  3. The first musician to record does not require the Acapella application or an Acapella account.

  4. If you are an Android person, you should be the first musician and need to collaborate with Apple musicians.

 

Steps for creating a video using Acapella:

  1. Choose a piece of music in the public domain (for information about music in the public domain, reference the Public Domain Information Project).  If you are unsure or want help finding a piece, please contact Mr. Lawrence.

  2. Identify who is going to play each part (it could be other musicians, or you can choose to accompany yourself).  Feel free to contact Mr. Choi or Mr. Lawrence if you need to find a fellow musician.  If you need a pianist, please contact Dr. Hudicek.

  3. The first musician records their part using the regular video recorder on their phone, tablet, or computer.  Some tips:

    1. Record in landscape.

    2. Use a metronome with headphones so you have a regular tempo.

    3. Count yourself in a measure or two, silently counting the last two beats before starting to play.

    4. Smile and hold your position for a few beats at the end of your piece.

  4. Upload your recording using this Google Form, including the e-mail addresses of your collaborators.

  5. Dr. Hudicek will upload your video into Acapella and e-mail the next collaborator.

  6. The next collaborator uses their Apple device to record their segment:

    1. Click the link they received in e-mail.  It will open in the Acapella application.

    2. Click ‘Collab’ at the top.

    3. Click the ‘+’ sign on one of the videos and follow the directions to record your part.  You will want to wear headphones while you are recording so you can listen to the other parts while recording your own.

    4. When you are happy with the results:

      1. Click ‘Save and Share’.

      2. Click ‘Collaboration’.

      3. Click ‘Email’.  You will see a “Rendering…” progress icon, after which you will be presented with an e-mail.  Enter the e-mail address of the next person in your ensemble which should be forwarded to the next person in the ensemble.

  7. Each collaborator repeats Step 6. 

  8. After the last part has been recorded, e-mail invitation to collaborate to Dr. Hudicek to let her know it is completed and we will get the video posted to YouTube.

Other Tools

You might enjoy looking at or playing with the following free software packages:

You can use these to combine multiple audio and/or video tracks. Maybe you record yourself playing each of multiple parts of a piece and combine them? Or collaborate with a friend (or a group of friends!) and have them send you a recording of them playing their part and try merging everything together into a single recording!

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