MIDDLE SCHOOL | CARNEGIE HALL
The honor of participation in the Honors Junior Choir and Honors Junior Instrumental Ensembles is limited to select middle school performers.
Selection of Junior Finalists
Selected Junior Finalists receive the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with and learn from renowned conductors as they prepare for and perform at a truly world-class venue – Carnegie Hall. In a special performance, students perform for New York concert-going patrons, educators, and family.
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.
Student Application Requirements
To be considered for selection to the 2017 Middle School Honors Performance Series, students must be in U.S. grades 6-8 grades (or equivalent international study level) during the 2016-2017 school year and must submit a complete application (which includes an application form, a performer biography, an audition recording, and application deposit).
Instruments and Voice Parts
The 2017 Middle School Honors Performance Series currently plans to feature an Honors Junior Choir and two Honors Junior Instrumental Ensembles. Applicants are first accepted into the program and are then assigned to the appropriate ensemble based upon instrumentation and balance requirements (the Series cannot guarantee that, if accepted, applicants will be placed into a specific ensemble).
Past vocal ensembles have included sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. Previous instrumental 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, trumpets, tubas, violas, and violins. Following our conductor’s selection of the repertoire, instrumentation may change. Should a student apply for a part that is not utilized, a full refund will be sent.
Evaluation Process and Selection of Junior Finalists
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