A North Texas Violinist Gets a Call from YouTube

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(KELLER, TX) Everyone loves getting that call letting you know you've made the team, you're in, you made the cut. A North Texas woman from Keller just got that call.

Jacqueline Morant dreamed of playing with a world class symphony ever since she was 5-years-old.

"I knew that I loved it from the beginning," Jacqueline said.

Now at 26, Jacqueline just got her chance from an unlikely place, YouTube.
Under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, who is considered a classical music rock star,  YouTube had an open worldwide call for musicians to submit videos to compete for a spot in the first ever YouTube Symphony Orchestra.

"I was never a member of YouTube. Of course, I mean I knew what YouTube was; I usually watched funny videos on YouTube," Jacqueline said. "So I recorded my playing, sent it on over, and sort of kept on making it through the rounds and felt really excited."

Then she made it to the finals.

Making the YouTube Symphony Orchestra was pretty tough.  Imagine the Meyerson Symphony Center filled with people here in Dallas.  That's how many artists were trying to apply for a spot in the orchestra; more than 3,000 contestants.

"Very cool idea. I mean, it was a great idea," said Doug Adams, the President of the Dallas Symphony.  He says the YouTube competition was the perfect synergy of sound, symphony, and cyberspace.

"A thing like this, whether you think it's a stunt, or a real artistic endeavor, or someplace between those two things, is wonderful because of the interest it generates in the art form itself.

After some tense moments in the finals, Jacqueline got the call of her childhood dreams, her reaction, "Just pure excitement, really; for me, the opportunity has been about playing in Carnegie Hall but with Michael Tilson Thomas, that is a dream unto itself."

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