YouTube Auditions for First Virtual Symphony Orchestra

YouTube is orchestrating an exciting new collaborative project: inviting musicians worldwide to be auditioned online for the world's first virtual symphony orchestra. Amateurs as well as professionals, have until January 28, 2009 to download sheet music, and upload videos of their performances.

In this video ad for the orchestra, Chinese composer Tan Dun (Remember the film, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”?) and many other musicians beckon: “Join us!”. The appeal is available in more than a dozen languages.

Play your part in music history and join the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. You just need to upload two videos: your contribution to the Tan Dun piece and a general audition video.

Good luck!

Here is how it works.

1. Prepare – Select your instrument to access the sheet music and rehearse with the conductor
2. Submit – Upload your performances and submit them to join the YouTube Symphony Orchestra
3. Entries – Browse videos to get ideas and check out the competition.

Professional musicians will make a first pre-selection, before a vote by the YouTube audience takes place in February 2009. The objective is a real life performance, due to take place at Carnegie Hall, in New York, on April 15, 2009, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, musical director of the San Francisco Orchestra.

Now to your instruments, and go!


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