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.
This story, "Strike Up the Band! YouTube Symphony Orchestra Winners Revealed" was originally published by thestandard.com.