Press Release -- 4/15/09: YouTube Symphony Orchestra Rocks Carnegie Hall

Press Release -- 4/2/09:  Announcing the Classical Music Summit at the Juilliard School

Press Release -- 3/27/09:  Announcing the Musical Program of the Carnegie Hall Performance

Press Release -- 3/2/09:  Announcing the Members of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 

Press Release -- 2/14/09:  Announcing the YouTube Symphony Orchestra Finalists and Community Voting

Press Release -- 12/1/08:  Announcing the Launch of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra

Meet the Members of the Orchestra

Quick Stats:

YouTube Symphony Orchestra Channels have received more than 22 million views.

Views come from more than 200 countries and territories on six continents.

There were more than 3,000 auditions for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra.

Auditions came from more than 70 countries and territories on six continents.

Musicians submitted videos on all of the instruments in a standard orchestra.

YouTube Symphony Orchestra members come from 30 countries and territories.

On the day of the Carnegie performance and the following day, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra Channels received 6M visits.

The Tan Dun Internet Symphony Eroica mashup video and the full-length YouTube Symphony Orchestra concert video in HD have already received 1M views each.

Quotes from Selected YTSO Musicians:

"I auditioned for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, because YouTube is such an important vehicle for music. As classical musicians, we play on old instruments, but we need to use new mediums to reach audiences on the websites they visit everyday." -- Ian Whitman,
Edwin Outwater Music Director & Principal Bass, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Ontario, CA

"I have two very young children and a busy life in Cincinnati, but through YouTube I can conduct virtual world tours from my own home. The site is fascinating because it’s a technology with a human side that’s enabled me to interact with other musicians, whom I hope to meet in New York when the winners perform at Carnegie Hall.”
-- Nina Perlove, Adjunct Professor, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY (lives in Cincinnati, OH)

"I’ve been playing the violin since I was two years old. When I learned of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, and the chance to play with Michael Tilson Thomas, I knew I had to upload my first online video so I could audition. Years ago, my Mom told me I could get my ears pierced when I performed at Carnegie Hall and thanks to this experience the timeline has been accelerated!" -- Hannah Tarley, student, Cupertino, CA

"It was scary to post a video of my viola playing on YouTube but the chance to audition for an orchestra through the Internet was too crazy not to try. I'm so excited to go to Carnegie Hall as a YouTube Symphony Orchestra winner and I can't wait to be a part of this huge event in classical music history."
  -- Alisa Seavey, freelance musician, Wayne, PA

Information on Key Participants:

           - Tan Dun

Press Contacts:

Kate Berland