March 2011 - Colleen McCullough '05 named concertmaster of the orchestra.

January 2011 - Five New England Conservatory musicians have won seats in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011. The orchestra members will travel to Sydney, Australia, where they will work together under Michael Tilson Thomas March 14–20, concluding with a concert at the Sydney Opera House.

Players were selected based on video auditions placed on YouTube, in which the musicians improvised to a piece composed specially for the orchestra by American composer Mason Bates.

The contestants come from all over the world, and the five NEC winners are distributed over the strings, wind, brass, and percussion sections of the orchestra. Thanks to all their colleagues who voted for their audition videos—here are portraits of the winners.

Colleen McCullough '05
Violin
Concertmaster

student of
Eric Rosenblith

 

 

 

video courtesy
Violincoll at YouTube

 

Andrew Chilcote '11
Double Bass

student of
Donald Palma

 

 

video courtesy
andrewc4000 at YouTube

 

Michael Rezzo '10 M.M.
Clarinet

student of
Thomas Martin

 

 

video courtesy
mjr8550 at YouTube

 

Travis Peterson '08 G.D.
Trumpet

student of
Charles Schlueter
Benjamin Wright
Thomas Rolfs

 

video courtesy
trapeter at YouTube

 

George Nickson '10
Percussion

student of
Will Hudgins

 

 

 

 

video courtesy
georgenickson at YouTube

 

2011-03-17


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