I like YouTube. Really I do. But I also like following rules. And I like control of whatever I do and play in. So after reading Jessica Duchen’s article I did a search on Symphony Silicon Valley on YouTube. Did I find anything I’m in? Not a thing. But I did find the Video Games Live concert that the orchestra was hired for. (I didn’t get to play; they only used one oboe.) So there the group is. Interesting, eh?

So how do I feel about this? Hmmm. Hard to say. It’s illegal. So that ticks me off. It’s not something anyone could sell, so no one is making money off of my colleagues work. But still ….

Oh heck, I don’t know.

I am bugged that I didn’t get to play the gig, though. 😉


  1. Oh man, I thought that was going to be the “Final Fantasy” concert that was up in San Francisco.  Did you play in that?  I sang in it, and it was the closest I’ll ever get to being a rock star.  The response was amazing.  I was kinda wishing that was on YouTube.

    I’m on YouTube, although you can’t tell it’s me.  Some of the former OSJ residents have posted clips of their performances.  I know that there’s at least one from Un Ballo in Maschera, but I’m wearing that hideous purple blob costume.  I can tell which one is me, because I know where I was staged, but nobody else would know.

  2. Wow, I take it back.  Looks like the OSJ videos are not on YouTube anymore.  Is it safe to assume that OSJ had them pulled?

  3. Patricia Mitchell

    Yep, I played the Final Fantasy job. The YouTube one was a year later, and took place in San Jose. Smaller orchestra. (No choir as far as I know.)

  4. Patricia Mitchell

    Yeah … OSJ would have to pull those unless they wanted a lawsuit. Union stuff. I know a lot of singers hate the rules, but what can I say? They are there. They are rules. So there ya go. The union does allow some things … one just has to go through the proper channels, and that’s usually not done.