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Caeli Smith

YouTube Symphony Orchestra II!

December 10, 2010 at 7:40 AM

 Hi everyone! I'm exhausted-- preparing for finals my first semester at Juilliard and super-excited to be playing in a concert next Monday conducted by the new Philadelphia Orchestra director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin!

I was also thrilled to learn at midnight that I have made it to the voting round for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which will be held next March in Sydney, Australia. In 2009 I was invited by YouTube to be an official vlogger along with Jeremy Denk at the inaugural YTSO congress. This time I decided to apply to be a member of the orchestra. I recorded the three excerpts, and the required Bach and Mozart at home over Thanksgiving break, and uploaded them to my YouTube channel on November 28, a few hours before the deadline. Then I submitted them to the competition on the Symphony page. During the past few weeks I received a couple of messages indicating that my entry had progressed to the point that I would be a "finalist or alternate". The 300 finalists were announced at midnight tonight and I was happy and relieved to see my video had made it through!

For the next week-- from December 10 to 17-- you can vote once a day (I think you can vote for multiple entrants, even within a category).

HERE'S HOW TO VOTE: Please go to this link - - and scroll down to find my video. Click on "Vote for this video". You can vote EVERY DAY from December 10th-17th! Your support means so much to me! THANK YOU!


From Caeli Smith


From jux ta
Posted on December 10, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Enjoyed your vids, +1 vote from me every day 'till the 17th

From Janis Cortese
Posted on December 10, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Awesome and congratulations!  I love YNS, and not just because I'm from Phila and have been eager to see the Fabulous Philadelphians start kicking some backside again.  :-)

From Manuel Tabora
Posted on December 10, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Awesome work! I'll vote for you, and I hope you reciprocate and vote for me (wink, wink).

Manuel Tabora, Viola

From Elaine Yong
Posted on December 11, 2010 at 4:08 AM

 Congratulations! I was going to record and upload my own, but my final exams got the better of me.. Your video is beautiful! Off to vote!

From Helen Harvey
Posted on December 11, 2010 at 5:45 PM

ya got my vote!

You're an amazing young woman, Caeli.  I've been keeping tabs on you and your adventures ever since I saw your Praeludium and Allegro on You Tube. I absolutely LOVE your interpretation of the Andante section-- it has life: heart & soul.

Best of luck to you, always!

From David Rowland
Posted on December 12, 2010 at 4:28 AM


From Roy Sonne
Posted on December 12, 2010 at 5:13 AM

Hi Caeli,

You've got my vote. Very best wishes always.


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