Friday, December 05, 2008

Can You Hack It?

Whoever came up with this idea is a genius. YouTube is apparently soliciting auditions via video for a chance to play at Carnegie Hall. The orchestra will apparently consist of people selected from the video auditions, and they'll perform a work by noted Chinese composer Tan Dun under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. From the webpage (via WRR):

Play your part in music history.

Interested in joining the first-ever collaborative online orchestra? Professionals and amateur musicians of all ages, locations and instruments are welcome to audition for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra by submitting a video performance of a new piece written for the occasion by the renowned Chinese composer Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). We have tools to help you learn the music, rehearse with the conductor, and upload your part for the collaborative video.

Surely somewhere someone has tried out for a music gig by video submission, but I've never heard of anything quite so bold as having everyone try out via audition videos they submit online. I think it's a brilliant idea, and were I not years removed from last playing the violin seriously I would consider taking a shot at it myself. But if you have any musical talent at all I say go for it. I have no idea how many submissions they'll receive and I imagine competition will be fierce, but even the smallest chance to play at Carnegie Hall is worth whatever effort you put into the audition. Submissions are due January 28th though so if you're interested drag that old instrument out of your closet, dust it off, and get to work!

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