A Different View: Youth Orchestra Using Google Glass

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**YouTube video of the orchestra included in the story above comes courtesy of Contemporary Youth Orchestra**

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's considered the best seat in the house, and now you can see exactly what an orchestra director sees during a performance thanks to new technology.

"Contemporary Youth Orchestra is already an innovative orchestra doing new music and bringing new experience to the stage and to our audiences," said Liza Grossman, Music Director of Contemporary Youth Orchestra.

Now the CYO is taking their performance to the next level.

“OK Glass, take a video,” Grossman said.

Contemporary Youth Orchestra is the first orchestra to use Google Glass.

"They feel like a regular pair of glasses, they sit comfortably on your face, they are not heavy at all,” said Grossman. “In this right corner, in my right eye, there is a small piece of glass, hence the name of the equipment, that acts as a computer screen."

Google Glass is changing the way people see the world and performances, like the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.

"It's really cool to be able to show people what we go through. I think it makes people appreciate the performance in the end a lot more, and it gives them a little more insight into what all we do and what we are passionate about," said Joe Weagraff, General Manager of Contemporary Youth Orchestra.

Google Glass is still in its exclusive Explorer program. CYO wrote a proposal highlighting all of its achievements accomplished over the past 19 seasons and was selected as a recipient.

It cost $1,500 for the technology.

"We were actually lucky enough to write to Styx who have been involved in the orchestra in the past and their foundation Rock to the Rescue actually stepped in and gave us the full funding to purchase the Google Glass," said Director of Development Elizabeth Connor.

CYO plans on using the Google Glass to take pictures of the children performing as well as stream their performance to the web.

"You give our audiences and people who are interested the perspective of what it is like to see an orchestra from the conductor's point of view. I tell people all the time because I have the best seat in the house," Grossman said.

The technology will be put to use on June 2 for the Rock the Orchestra concert featuring guest Musician Ben Folds.

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