In 2009, YouTube launched an interesting new project that helped catapult the classical music world into the 21st century – YouTube Symphony. The idea was that musicians from around the world could audition by videotaping themselves and posting a video on, well, YouTube. The first concert was held at Carnegie Hall on April 15, 2009.
YouTube has brought back the idea back. Mothership by Mason Bates, who just started his first year as one of the new Mead Composers-In-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will be the featured work of the evening. The new composition was specifically composed for the YouTube Symphony. Last year, Tan Dun’s Internet Symphony Eroica served as featured work of the evening.
The return of this online collaborative orchestra also marks an opportunity for young musicians in Chicago to audition for the orchestra. There are two ways you can audition: submit your video audition for the orchestra or submit a solo improvisation to the featured work. Audition information is available to download at the YouTube Symphony Channel. If you are preparing to audition, make sure to watch the master classes for practice and performance tips from some pros.
The best and most creative performers will be selected to form the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 and invited to perform in March at the Sydney Opera House, under the direction of world-renowned conductor and YouTube Symphony Artistic Advisor, Michael Tilson Thomas.