Application Details

Ready to apply? Follow the steps outlined below to submit your application materials.

How to Apply

The honor of participation in the Series is offered to talented young musicians aged 18-25 identified from an international pool of applicants. Eligible applicants will have graduated high school or, in the case of international applicants, will have completed their school leaving examinations between 2010 and 2016. All application materials must be submitted electronically following the instructions below.

Please Note: The 2017 Young Adult Honors Performance Series application process is closed as of September 30, 2016. The 2018 application will be available in May 2017. The details below are from our 2017 application and are fairly representative of the application format that we anticipate for 2018.

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 September 30, 2016, to be eligible for the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. We will submit your materials and audition for Board review once all required materials have been received.


Required Application Materials

All applications must complete the following 4 steps.

  1. Application Form and Deposit
  2. Nomination or Recommendation from a Music Professional
  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 submit (either postmark or electronically upload) all required application materials on or before September 30, 2016, to be eligible for the 2017 Young Adult Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. 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 musician'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 Recommendation

If you have already received a 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 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 (teacher, ensemble director, private instructor, colleague, 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 (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 student 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. Recordings will not be disqualified if they are slightly over or under this guideline.
  • Begin each piece with a verbal introduction of yourself, the part for which you are auditioning, and the piece that you will be performing.
  • 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 applicants 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 voice part for which you are auditioning in the file name.
  • Recordings may not be engineered or enhanced in any manner.
  • You may audition for one voice part only. On your Performer Biography, you may indicate other parts that you sing. Based on balance requirements for the ensemble and feedback from our Selection Board, you may be assigned to an alternate voice part if selected as a Finalist.
  • All applicants are encouraged to prepare a piece from Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics, Twenty-Four Italian Songs & Arias of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.
  • If desired, you may select and record an additional classical piece that you feel best demonstrates your abilities.
  • Your recording must be a solo performance, though piano accompaniment is encouraged.

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 Performance Series. The 2017 Young Adult Honors Performance Series is planned to feature a mixed, SATB choir. Prior to selecting applicants for the 2017 ensemble, balance requirements will be finalized based on the repertoire selected by the conductor and the applications received. At this time, based on these requirements and feedback from our Selection Board, selected applicants may be assigned to a different voice part than indicated on their application.
  • 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, 2016.
  • Applicants who are not accepted will also be notified by email on approximately October 31, 2016, 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, 2015.
  • Accepted Finalists should expect to receive their sheet music and Conductor’s rehearsal notes no later than the end of December 2016.
  • After acceptance, should any Finalist cancel their participation, a First Runner-up will be offered the opportunity to fill the open seat.
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