Musicians! Auditions For YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 Are Open

If you play an instrument then you may get the once in a lifetime opportunity to play with YouTube Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Australia. YouTube's Symphony is looking for talented musicians for a collaborative orchestral performance in 2011. All you have to do is audition!

If you play an instrument then you may get the once in a lifetime opportunity to play with YouTube Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Australia. YouTube’s Symphony is looking for talented musicians for a collaborative orchestral performance in 2011. All you have to do is audition!

Musicians are invited to submit their video auditions on the YouTube Symphony Orchestra YouTube channel. It’s important to note that this is a serious orchestra. Hopefuls are required to submit solo performances and orchestral excerpts at quite a high level. But if you’ve got what it takes you could be a part of one of the most diverse and exceptional orchestras on the planet!

Last year the YouTube Symphony performed in Carnegie Hall, and next year it will be in the Sydney Opera House. Check out the video below to hear everything you need to know about YouTube Symphony 2.

If you play a “traditional” orchestra instrument then the sheet music for the audition is provided. However, people who play non-traditional instruments like the didgeridoo or the saw are welcome to submit solo improvisations as well. These improvisers may be chosen to play as part of a special musical work, written by computer Mason Bates for the YouTube Symphony. Grammy-award winning conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, who will be conducting the orchestra, says, “For YouTube Symphony 2 I thought it would be great to have a piece in which you really could make a contribution from wherever you are in the world.” And from that idea stemmed the decision to incorporate YouTubers improvisations into the Bates piece.

Will you audition for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011? If so, good luck and I hope to see you on stage in Sydney!

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