A Collaborative SymphonyCollaboration is at the order of the day. In work, study and in play, these days if you are not willing to collaborate with a group you may very well be left behind. YouTube which is owned by Google in collaboration with the London Symphonic Orchestra has taken the music world by storm by creating the first collaborative YouTube Symphony Orchestra. They called for professional and amateur musicians of all ages and locations to audition for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. These performers were asked to audition by submitting a video recording of a piece which was written especially for this occasion and then submitting it online. The piece was written by the renowned Chinese composer Tan Dun and the finalists were then selected by a judging panel. They have now asked the world to vote. You can visit the website and vote for your favourite performers. All the video entries will be combined into the first ever collaborative virtual performance, and the world will select the best to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on the 15th of April 2009. You still have time to vote for your favourite performers until the 22nd of February and the winners will be announced on the 2nd of March. To vote for your favourite performers please go to http://www.youtube.com/symphony. I believe in a world where the arts very often neglected due to financial constraints it is time for us to realize the need and importance of the arts in our society. We need to stimulate creativity and realize that we must encourage our children to participate in the arts.