The honor of participation in the Honors Choir and Honors Instrumental Ensembles is limited to select high school performers identified throughout North America. Selected student performers receive the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with and learn from renowned conductors as they prepare for and then perform at a truly world-class venue – Carnegie Hall. In a special performance, students perform for both New York concert-going patrons and specially-invited collegiate music program representatives.
To be considered for selection to the 2013 Honors Performance Series, a student must submit a complete application and be in the 9th-12th grades during the 2012-2013 school year.
Application Requirements: (application materials will not be returned)
All applications must include the following components:
- Complete Application Form, signed by applicant and guardian
- Complete Performing Biography Form
- Audition recording/CD (refer to Application or FAQs for details)
- Participation deposit (All but an application review fee is refunded if not selected. Once accepted, the deposit becomes non-refundable.)
- Self-nominating students only – Please submit a teacher recommendation
Instruments and Voice Parts:
The 2013 Honors Performance Series currently plans to feature an Honors Choir, Honors Band and Honors Orchestra.
All voice parts are being considered for the Honors Choir.
The Series currently plans to include an Honors Band and Honors Orchestra. Instrumentalists are first accepted into the program and are then assigned to Band or Orchestra based upon instrumentation and balance requirements (the Series cannot guarantee that, if accepted, instrumentalists will be placed into a specific ensemble). The Series will reach out to applicants and offer them the opportunity to indicate an ensemble preference, but this does not guarantee their placement into a particular ensemble.
Previous ensembles required the following instruments: bassoons, cellos, clarinets (including Bb, Eb, bass), string basses, euphoniums, flutes, French Horns, harps, oboes, percussion, pianos, saxophones (including alto, tenor, and baritone), trombones, tubas, violas, and violins. The conductors have not selected the music for the 2013 Honors Performance and, therefore, instrumentation has not been assigned. Should a student apply for a part that is not utilized, a full refund will be sent.
Each student must submit an audition recording. The recording can either be uploaded to our site (after registering online) or a CD can be sent by mail for Board evaluation.
Recording must meet the following criteria:
Between 3 and 5 minutes in length (may consist of more than one piece).
Digital file or CD only.
Digital submissions must be mp3 files.
Recordings may not be engineered or enhanced in any manner.
You may audition on more than one instrument and you may audition as an instrumentalist and a vocalist. In both cases, you only need to submit one application deposit, but you will need to submit multiple recordings.
- All instrumental applications are automatically considered for both ensembles. Applicants need only submit one recording.
- All performances should be solo, without accompaniment.
- Percussionists: Include solos on three instruments of your choice with background accompaniment.
- Piano accompaniment is encouraged
Please note: Recordings will not be returned to the applicant
Nominations & Self-Nominations:
In most cases, qualified students are invited to apply after having been nominated by a music teacher familiar with their accomplishments. Given that not all directors are aware of the opportunity to nominate, students are also given the opportunity to self-nominate and apply. Students who wish to self-nominate must, therefore, additionally include a teacher recommendation (form is provided in the application) as part of their application submission.
Evaluation Process and Selection of Finalists:
All completed applications received will be reviewed by our expert Board of professional musicians to select the Finalists for the Honors Choir and Honors Instrumental Ensembles.
- Finalists and First Runner-ups will be notified by October 31, 2012 of their application status for the 2013 Honors Performance Series
- Members of the Honors Choir and Honors Instrumental Ensembles should expect to receive the selected music for preparation in December 2012
- Should any Finalists cancel their participation, First Runner-ups will be offered the opportunity to join
The American High School Honors Performance Series is dedicated to bringing together talented student performers from throughout North America. Need-based partial scholarships are available to ensure that performers of all economic backgrounds may apply for this unique performance honor at Carnegie Hall. Please contact us at 1-800-503-0807 to learn more.
Program Components & Cost:
|Honors Instrumental Ensemble:
- All rehearsals, including equipment and sheet music
- All production and services for the Carnegie Hall performance
- All shown activities – Including a Broadway show, celebration, and activities
- All ground transportation during the program, including transfers between the assigned airport and hotel (arrival and departure flights/trains are the responsibility of participants)
- Exposure to and learning from world-class conductors for the program duration
- Student chaperones, city touring guides, and program staff
- Four nights lodging in highly-rated student-friendly hotels (quad occupancy) with staff onsite to ensure a good stay
- Hotel night security on each occupied floor to ensure a restful night for performers
- A 24-hour staffed emergency office in New York City to handle the unexpected
- A “Doctors-On-Call” arrangement for medical support while on the program
- Extensive traveler insurance while on the program