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Ocarina Sensation Heather Scott Picks Five Winners from 10,000 YouTube Subscribers

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Heather Scott, 24-year-old ocarina performer and YouTube star, has picked the winners of her contest celebrating the 10,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel.

Heather chose five winners to receive products from STL Ocarina, the St. Louis company leading resurgent interest in the ancient pocket-sized wind instrument, who best answered the question: “What is your favorite thing about the ocarina?” Learn more here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Heathersocarina#p/u/2/phXR61I1-2s

“For me, playing the ocarina means being peaceful,” says ‘charlottebetel’ in a winning post. “Whenever I play it, I feel like I'm in my own world where no one can bother me, hurt me or judge me. It also makes me feel closer to nature, by it's sweet, natural tone, and the material it's made of.”

Another winner says: “I grew up in a home that had an ocarina that made its way home via a World War II veteran. It was the first instrument that I ever played. There was a simplicity to the instrument that felt natural in my hands and producing a tone didn't require hours upon hours to get started. Even though the instrument has evolved and techniques have become much more sophisticated, there is still that historical root of simplicity that makes the ocarina a favorite...a simple seed that led to a lifetime love of music.”

The five winners will each receive a free autographed copy of the new Final Fantasy CD, featuring Heather and the St. Louis Ocarina Trio, along with a new Nightingale Soprano Ocarina. The Nightingale ocarina is brand new and not yet available to the public. The CD features some of the most popular songs from the Final Fantasy game series along with accompaniment tracks so music lovers can play along with all 13 tunes.

The contest highlights the joy of people around the world who have discovered the ocarina through Heather's YouTube channel. Playing diverse tunes, from video game and anime themes to classical, folk and pop, Heather and STL Ocarina are showcasing the versatility of the ocarina.

About Heather Scott: Young people the world over have become interested in the ocarina, a pocket-sized pottery wind instrument, thanks to the popular video game "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time." Heather Scott is currently earning her master's degree in flute performance while serving as a worldwide ambassador for the ocarina across the Web.

About STL Ocarina: STL Ocarina http://www.stlocarina.com was established in 2005 to help revive interest in the art of ocarina playing. An outgrowth of the St. Louis School of Music, the company produces ocarinas for all ages and skill levels, from colorful kids' models shaped like fish, whales and dolphins starting at $10 to professional models starting under $100 and made of Purple Clay, a rare natural mineral found only in the region of Yixing, China. The company's ocarinas have been used in performances by major symphony orchestras including the New World Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Chicago Symphony the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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