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HIGH SCHOOL | SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Application Details

Australia awaits! Review the information below carefully prior to submitting your application materials.

How to Apply

We are pleased to invite you to apply for the 2o18 High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House. To be considered, you must be in US grades 9-12 (or equivalent international study level) during the 2017-2018 school year and submit a complete application on our website using the instructions below.

We are currently accepting applications for
first-round review for the 
2018 High School Honors Performance Series. Planning to apply? Help us plan our Selection Board's time to review applications by reserving an Application Review Space.
Click here to let us know when you plan on submitting your audition materials.

How and When to Submit Your Materials

Please submit all application materials as soon as possible in order to ensure a timely review of your application. Each application component must be submitted individually using the links in the appropriate section below.

In order to give appropriate attention to all applications, our Selection Board prefers to receive materials sooner than later; applicants must upload all required application materials on or before July 17, 2017, to be eligible for first-round review and reduced deposit. We will submit your materials and audition for Board review once all required materials have been received.

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Inauguration 2017

Required Application Materials

All applications must complete the following 4 steps.

  1. Application Form and Deposit
  2. Teacher Nomination or Recommendation
  3. Performing Biography
  4. Audition Recording

All required components must be received on or before the application deadline for an application to be considered by our Selection Board.

Step 1: Complete Application Form

If you have received an Invitation Number, please be sure to include this on your application form; this number will allow us to determine whether  you have already been nominated.

In order to give appropriate attention to all applications, our Selection Board prefers to receive materials sooner than later; applicants must electronically upload all required application materials to our website on or before July 17, 2017, to be eligible for first-round review and the reduced, $200 US application deposit. Please note: If you begin your application prior to July 17 but do not submit your completed materials by the deadline, you will be automatically charged an additional $95 to keep your application open for final review.

If you are not selected as a Finalist, all but a $10 application review fee will be refunded; once a participant is accepted, his or her full deposit becomes non-refundable. Please note that the total program cost does not change based on the time a student’s application is received.

Once you have completed the online application form, you will receive an automated email that includes your Customer Account Number. This will be different than your Invitation Number and should be used as you submit your remaining application materials so we can properly link these submissions to your application.

Step 2: Obtain a Teacher Recommendation

If you have already received a Teacher Nomination (or were automatically nominated due to past musical achievements), your invitation materials will indicate that no additional nomination is required. Simply include your Invitation Number on your application form and your nomination will automatically be linked to your application.

Students who have not yet received a Teacher Nomination are welcome to apply; they will simply need to request a music professional endorse their application through our Director Recommendation Form (additional details provided when the application opens). A recommendation from any music professional (school teacher, private instructor, etc.) who is familiar with your musical abilities is appropriate.

If you have any questions about whether your application requires a recommendation, please contact us at honors@honorsperformance.org (including your Invitation Number, if you have one), and we’ll be happy to clarify your invitation status.

Step 3: Complete the Performing Biography Form

Provide more information about yourself and your musical background by completing the brief Performing Biography form. Please use your Customer Account Number, included in the confirmation email sent after completing the online application form (see above) so we can match your biography to your application.

Step 4: Submit an Audio Recording

Each applicant must submit an audition recording by uploading a digital file with their application. Please review the below audition recording requirements in their entirety before recording your submission.

Recordings must meet the following criteria:

  • Recordings may consist of one or multiple pieces and should total between 3 and 5 minutes for each instrument/voice part for which you are auditioning (except percussionists – see below). Recordings will not be disqualified if they are slightly over or under this guideline.
  • Begin each piece with a verbal introduction of yourself, the instrument/voice part for which you are auditioning, and the piece that you will be playing, for example: “My name is John Smith, and the following is the suggested audition etude for snare drum.”
  • Recordings should be audio-only (no videos, please) and submitted in MP3 or M4A format only. Please note: While we do our best to notify students if we encounter a problem with your audition recording, we cannot guarantee that the Selection Board will be able to review your submission if it is not submitted in the required format.
  • Include your first and last name and instrument/voice part for which you are auditioning in the file name.
  • Recordings may not be engineered or enhanced in any manner.
  • You may audition on more than one instrument and you may audition as both an instrumentalist and a vocalist. In both cases, you only need to submit one application form, deposit, Director Nomination, and Performing Biography. You should submit a unique recording for each instrument/voice part on which you wish to apply.
  • All applicants are encouraged to prepare one of the sample etudes listed below. See below for information about the selection of additional audition pieces.

Vocalists:

  • Vocalists should prepare a piece from Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics, Twenty-Four Italian Songs & Arias of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.
  • If desired, vocalists may select and record an additional classical piece which they feel best demonstrates their abilities.
  • Your recording must be a solo performance, though piano accompaniment is encouraged.

Instrumentalists:

  • If you wish to audition on an instrument not listed below, please select a technical piece (or pieces) that you feel best demonstrate(s) your musical abilities. Classical pieces are preferred but not required.
  • All performances must be solo, without accompaniment.
  • Instrumentalist should prepare one of the following sample etudes (provided when the application opens), and if desired, may play an additional technical piece of their choosing.
    Clarinet – Bass
    Clarinet – Bb
    Bassoon
    Cello
    English Horn
    French Horn
    Euphonium
    Flute & Piccolo
    Oboe
    Percussion – See Below
    Saxophone – Alto
    Saxophone – Bari
    Saxophone – Tenor
    String Bass
    Trombone
    Trumpet

    Tuba
    Viola
    Violin
  • Percussionists should include solos of the below etudes for snare, timpani, and marimba. You may also select an additional solo, if desired, that demonstrates your technical abilities on one of these or another percussion instrument. Please clearly identify each piece and instrument in your recording. Your total recording time for all audition recordings should be approximately 3-5 minutes. Please label your recordings clearly as to which instrument is featured in each.

    Snare
    : Portraits in Rhythm by Antony Cirone, Etude No. 6 – page 8
    Timpani: The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth, Etude No. 18 (XVIII) – page 33
    Marimba: Masterpieces for Marimba arr. by Thomas McMillan, Sonata in E MAJOR by Handel – page 22 (play to the end of measure 24; no repeats)

Evaluation Process and Selection of Finalists

Once you submit your application:

  • Applicants will receive an official confirmation email within approximately 2 weeks of the Series‘ receipt of your materials. The Series will use the email address(es) you provide on your application to send a number of official program communications.
  • Once a completed application is received, it will be reviewed by our Board of professional musicians to select Finalists for the Honors Choir and Honors Instrumental Ensemble.
  • Performers selected for the program to perform as part of the Honors Ensembles are designated as Finalists and will be notified by email on approximately October 31, 2017. Accepted Finalists are assigned to an ensemble based upon the recommendations of our Selection Board to satisfy balance requirements for each ensemble, as well as to maintain an equally high level of musicality for all ensembles. The Series cannot guarantee that, if accepted, an applicant will be placed into a specific ensemble.
  • Applicants who are not accepted will also be notified by email on approximately October 31, 2017, and will be notified of their status: Runner-up (waitlisted) or Deferred (not waitlisted and not accepted).
  • Finalist and First Runner-up notifications will be sent via email to the address(es) listed on your account around October 31, 2017.
  • Accepted Finalists should expect to receive their sheet music and Conductor’s rehearsal notes no later than the end of April 2018.
  • After acceptance, should any Finalist cancel their participation, a First Runner-up will be offered the opportunity to fill the open seat.
Nothing can compare to what this experience was like. Everything I have done up to this point helped me become a better musician. But this trip made me realize what you can accomplish once you are that "better musician."

Zachary
Finalist

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