DePaul Student wins YouTube Symphony Competition

4 Mar

Today’s “social media is awesome” moment: A DePaul University School of Music student will soon take part in the performance of a lifetime, thanks to YouTube.

Tuba player Andy Chester was chosen by viewers of the video-sharing website YouTube to perform with more than 90 musicians from 30 countries in the first-ever YouTube Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will perform at Carnegie Hall on April 15 under the direction of world-renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

More than 3,000 professional and amateur musicians worldwide posted audition videos on YouTube, from which a panel of professional musicians chose 200 finalists. YouTube viewers then selected the winning performers.

According to the Associated Press, Chester and the other finalists will participate in three days of rehearsals and master classes before the April 15 Carnegie Hall performance, which will then be posted on YouTube the following day.

You can view Andy Chester’s second audition video here:

And check out the YouTube Symphony Orchestra page for videos of all the winners.

Congratulations, Andy! We here at Demon Tracks are your virtual cheerleading squad!

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