NEW YORK (AP) — A cyberspace-based orchestra is conducting online auditions to find the best players to appear at a music summit in Australia that will be live-streamed on the Web.

The call for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 opened Tuesday.

YouTube launched its orchestra project last year with a sold-out Carnegie Hall concert featuring more than 90 musicians from 30 countries, including a surgeon-violinist and a professional poker player-cellist.

The announcement for this year’s auditions was to be made at 6 p.m. at Carnegie Hall – part publicity stunt by its producers, part vanity trip by its participants, part opportunity to attract a younger crowd to classical music.

“We’re exploring how classical music’s 1200-year-long tradition can enter the realm of high technology,” Grammy-award winning conductor Michael Tilson Thomas told The Associated Press.

Musicians must upload audition videos of designated pieces to demonstrate their musical and technical abilities. Any instrumentalist may also submit an improvisation based on a new piece called “Mothership” by composer Mason Bates for an opportunity to play a solo.

After the auditions end Nov. 28, an expert panel from leading orchestras will narrow entries. YouTube’s global community of hundreds of millions of viewers will then be invited to vote for the semifinalists, from Dec. 10 through Dec. 17. Winners are to be announced Jan. 11.

Starting March 13, the selected musicians will spend a week in rehearsals and master classes, both online and in person, taught by members of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

The summit peaks with a March 20 performance streamed live on YouTube, a subsidiary of Google Inc. that is based in San Bruno, Calif.

“We helped fundamentally challenge the norms of an entire industry and provided a digital meeting place for classical musicians around the world,” said Ed Sanders, YouTube’s senior marketing manager.

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  1. susana mariles says:

    FROM: 1susanasf1 (username) EMAIL:
    RE: PIANO REPERTOIRE OPTIONS: First thank you for this
    ” Great opportunity” for musicians to learn how to record themselves.
    OP57:. Beethoven 3/3mvt too long with the repeats in order
    to fit with DEbussy L’Isle Joyeuse;[ spliced it into Part 1 & 2].
    The other option was playing Beethoven without repeats but still turned out too long with the Debussy piano piece. The Chopin Etude varies greater than 2minutes and the Liszt “La Campanella” even longer to fit with any other option given as obligatory repertoire. This was the first time without a photographer or recording engineer. I hope there are opportunities in the future to fit 15min

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