Strike Up the Band! YouTube Symphony Orchestra Winners Revealed

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YouTube announced the winners of its Symphony Orchestra contest on Monday. Over 90 musicians were picked out of more than 3,000 who uploaded their audition videos.

The YouTube Symphony Orchestra project and Web site launched last December. It accepted contestant videos through January 28. A panel of musicians selected semi-finalists, and the public picked the winners.

According to site stats from YouTube, the Orchestra pages received over 13 million views from 200 countries and territories. The 3,000+ auditions came from 70 of those countries, and the winners from 30 of them.

"It was scary to post a video of my viola playing on YouTube," admits freelance musician Alisa Seavey on a YouTube press resource page, "but the chance to audition for an orchestra through the internet [sic] was too crazy not to try."

The winners will converge on New York next month and perform in a concert at Carnegie Hall on April 15.

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