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SF Classical Voice: Ragazzi “leaps into the future with virtual studio”

San Francisco Classical Voice wrote about the Ragazzi Virtual Studio, our newest remote learning initiative. The Virtual Studio allows choristers to use their existing internet connections to sing together in real time — something that traditional conferencing platforms like Zoom and Skype don’t allow.

This week the acclaimed Ragazzi Boys Chorus announced the successful testing of an innovative platform that enables real-time remote singing for chorus members. The chorus, based in the heart of Silicon Valley, has been working with Mike Dickey — a software entrepreneur and father to one of the boys in the chorus — who applied his talents and experience to the problem and developed an inexpensive, plug-and-play solution that reduces latency to a point where singers can harmonize in real-time over common internet connections. The result is a program called Virtual Studio. Created in partnership with Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) as part of the JackTrip Foundation, the new software has been tested with Ragazzi and will be deployed to all choristers in Ragazzi performance ensembles, aged between 5 to 18 years old, for the fall semester. Virtual Studio simply requires log-in to a website with a device powered by free custom software for choristers to sing together in large groups (up to hundreds of singers).

Here’s a quick demonstration of the Ragazzi Virtual Studio from our alumni group, Ragazzi Continuo:

For more information, read the full article at SF Classical Voice.