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New Yorkers Vie for YouTube Symphony

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Among the 300 finalists for this year's YouTube Symphony Orchestra are a handful of New Yorkers. Here are three who are vying for a shot at the orchestra, which will rehearse and perform at the Sydney Opera House in March 2011. The event will be streamed live on YouTube.

Dirk Wels, 42, is a translator who plays both bassoon and contrabassoon. "It's not about music, but about promoting Google and having fun," he said of the orchestra. "But I'm very proud to have reached this point."

Monica Davis, 27 is a freelance violinist living in Harlem. "I've been emailing everyone I know to get them to vote," she said. "And I introduced my dad to YouTube because of this."

Ryan Walsh, 28, is a freelance English horn player living on the Upper West Side. “I have mixed feelings about the auditions, because it’s turned into somewhat of a popularity contest,” he said. “But I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out, and if this could be used in the future for other orchestras.”