The shortlist is in for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011

Videos From 336 Finalists from 46 Countries Are Posted on www.YouTube.com/Symphony

Let the voting begin . . . YouTube™ invites the public to choose their favorite audition videos of musicians hoping to perform in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011. Now, with 336 finalists selected from Finland to New Zealand, Austria to Vietnam, it's time for YouTube users to cast their votes for those they think should play in the online collaborative orchestra's March concerts at Australia's famous Sydney Opera House.

During the next five days, the YouTube community is invited to go to youtube.com/symphony and help decide which of these talented musicians will be packing up their trombones, violas, timpani or other instruments to head for the Sydney Opera House on March 14-20, 2011 to perform in concerts that will have a global audience.

YouTube users, who can vote once per video, once a day until 23:59 EST on December 17, will help conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra's artistic director, to cull the 300+ shortlist hopefuls down to a final list of 96 musicians who will play in the Sydney concerts. The YouTube community’s votes are also needed to help choose four solo improvisers. Mason Bates, composer-in-residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, wrote Mothership especially for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011.

Blown away by all the talent and determination manifested in the audition videos, YouTube congratulates all the musicians still in the running, as well as everyone who submitted an audition. More than 25 million people have now visited the YouTube Symphony Orchestra channel, which provides a platform for musicians of all ages to flourish, to share their creativity, and to broadcast themselves.

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