Researchers from the University of Liechtenstein are developing technological solutions, choral pedagogical approaches, and recommendations for using digital tools during choir rehearsals. The project has received Erasmus+ funding.

In the digital age, meeting up and singing together isn’t that popular anymore. Instead, we rather sing at home, record it, apply a filter to make us sound and look good and then upload it to TikTok or Instagram.

But that isn’t the same as joining a real choir with real people live on stage, is it? Maybe both can go together!

Digital choir rehearsals

The University of Liechtenstein has launched a project researching the use of digital aids in choir rehearsals. The Hilti Chair of Business Process Management has received Erasmus+ funding for the project. One goal is to bring choirs back alive after they have started to die out during the pandemic.

The researchers in Vaduz cooperate with colleagues from the University Mozarteum Salzburg and the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. They are investigating “how choir rehearsals can be conducted online with the help of digital tools,” according to a press release.

“We can continue to sing together at times of a pandemic, but perhaps we can also go new ways in general, for example, when we are on a business trip or want to include friends from further away,” Jan vom Brocke, holder of the Hilti Chair for Business Process Management and Head of the Institute for Business Informatics.

Many advantages

What does it mean to bring choirs online? The project group is developing technological solutions, choral pedagogical approaches, and recommendations for increasing technology acceptance and promoting social interaction. These approaches will be evaluated in an online laboratory choir and later applied to other professional and private contexts.

At the project’s current stage, the researchers want to understand better the advantages of digital formats and test hybrid rehearsal formats. They could potentially facilitate international choir projects.

Another way for choir rehearsals could be hybrid formats, in which there is a physical meeting but participants have the opportunity to join digitally as well. That enables people from further away to join without always having to drive long distances. It can also help people to attend who are disabled or sick or can’t join because of family responsibilities.

Marketing for Liechtenstein

Jan vom Brocke also says he sees in the project “interesting opportunities for Liechtenstein, in particular, to raise its profile further.” Liechtenstein is seen as a digital pioneer, so innovative digitalization projects made in Liechtenstein can help bolster that image.

Now that the pandemic is over, it’s time to get back to real life. But we might be able to augment that “real life” with digital tools. That’s true for government and business, and leisure projects such as choir projects. Once successfully implemented, the tools and best practices figured out by the University of Liechtenstein could also be applied to many other leisure activities.

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