This contest is open to everyone!

This information was sent by Music Teachers National Association to members today and I thought it should be posted in Piano World Forums.

"The famed cellist and Grammy Award-winner Yo-Yo Ma has teamed with Indaba Music to create a contest for experienced musicians and amateurs alike, "Celebrate & Collaborate," and MTNA invites you and your students to take part.

Ma has recorded the melody of "Dona Nobis Pacem," a track from his first-ever holiday album—Songs of Joy & Peace.

Until January 5, 2009, the music can be downloaded by entrants and used to make creative variations of the track. As entries are received, the Indaba Music community will vote for their favorites and then Yo-Yo Ma will personally choose the winner from the top entries.

The winner of the contest will then be offered the opportunity to record with Ma.

The contest will be hosted on both www.IndabaMusic.com and http:///www.yo-yoma.com.

Indaba Music is the leading social network for musicians and a web application that enables artists to create studio-quality music together online. Over 100,000 members in over 150 countries, from amateurs to Grammy Award-winning artists can connect with one another to create online recording sessions—editing and mixing tracks recorded in different places using their online mixer."

For more information, visit www.IndabaMusic.com.