Remember the old quote: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice."
Well, these days, along with all the practicing, you would have to add, "submit audition video on YouTube."
That's exactly what hundreds of young musicians did this fall for the "Big Break," the online contest presented by the producers of NPR's classical radio program for kids, From the Top, hosted by Christopher O'Riley, and Carnegie Hall.
From a pool of more than 400 video submissions, just 15 teenaged finalists remain. They range from pianists and violinists to bassists and even a marimbist. You can watch their videos here and cast a vote (before Dec. 15) for your favorite performance.
The winner gets a spot on From the Top and a featured performance at a Carnegie Hall Family Concert next spring.
Jennifer Cha is one of the 15 "Big Break' finalists.YouTube
If you've ever heard From the Top, you'll know that there are some marvelously talented teenagers out there. For instance, watch little Jennifer Cha play the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint-Saens. Check back on Dec. 15th to find out who the lucky winner is.