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Program Overview

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The High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall challenges elite students to perform at their best.

2021 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall

The 2021 Carnegie Hall programs have been postponed to next year. Current applicants should refer to the March 24 email. Applications for 2022 will open in this summer.

We are pleased to welcome rising 9th-12th grade musicians to submit their applications for the 2021 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Selected musicians rehearse and perform under master conductors and have the opportunity to meet other like-minded musicians from around the world. Though much of the students' time is focused on performance preparation, the week also allows students to experience the best of the sights and the performance arts in New York City.

A program update was emailed to all applicants on March 10. Please contact our team if you have questions or need additional assistance.

Program Highlights

  • Perform in one of two elite Honors Performances at Carnegie Hall under the direction of renowned conductors.
  • Work with master conductors and build your performing resume.
  • Rehearse and interact with other Finalists from across the world.
  • Commemorate your accomplishments and have fun with your new friends at the Finalist Celebration.
  • Participate in a New York cultural experience, visit New York’s most famous landmarks, and experience the Big Apple!

Sample Itinerary
(Selected Finalists, see your acceptance materials for a more detailed itinerary)


Day 1

  • Morning: Travel to New York City
  • Afternoon: Airport greeting and transfer to the hotel
  • Evening: Check into the hotel and meet your Chaperone group

Day 2

  • Morning & Afternoon: Seating and rehearsals
  • Evening: New York cultural experience (more details will be able in late spring)

Day 3

  • Morning & Afternoon: Rehearsals
  • Evening: Sightseeing or Finalist Celebration (varies by ensemble)

Day 4

  • Morning: Final rehearsal or sightseeing (varies by ensemble)
  • Afternoon: Carnegie Hall performance or final rehearsal (varies by ensemble)
  • Evening: Carnegie Hall performance or Finalist Celebration (varies by ensemble)

Day 5

  • Morning: Farewell and return to airport
  • Afternoon: Depart for home
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Student performers attending the High School Honors Performance Series are eligible to receive college credit(s) through George Mason University.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Honors Performance Series is dedicated to bringing together talented student performers from across the world. 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.

The Series is additionally proud to share a number of fundraising ideas with selected performers, including our Gift of Performance E-Card, which many Finalists have used to raise their full program cost! Click here for more details.


What's Included?

The 2021 program tuition includes the following:

  • All rehearsals, including equipment and sheet music
  • All production and services for the Carnegie Hall performance
  • All shown activities – including a cultural experience, celebration, and activities
  • All ground transportation during the program, including transfers between the designated airport and hotels (arrival and departure transportation – flights, trains, etc. – are the responsibility of participants)
  • Exposure to and learning from world-class conductors for the program duration
  • Experienced Chaperones, city touring guides, and program staff to provide a safe and engaging environment
  • Four nights’ lodging in highly rated student-friendly hotels  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 any unexpected circumstances
  • 24-hour access to one of our George Washington Hospital doctors on call for medical support during the program
  • Extensive traveler insurance while on the program

Please Note: Transportation to/from New York and meals are the responsibilities of the participant and are not included in the program cost. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are in the process of evaluating certain program elements for 2021 to ensure that they meet the most current public health standards and guidance. The health and safety of our participants is always our top priority. If anything changes from what is listed on the website, we will inform enrolled students via email as soon as possible. Click here to learn more about our health and safety efforts.

Tuition and Payment Plan for Selected Finalists


2021 Program Tuition: $2,249 US

If selected, performers have the option to satisfy the full tuition at once or may follow an optional payment plan:

  • $200 US deposit due with application (increases to $295 US if all application materials are not received on or before July 15, 2020; all but a $15 US application review fee is returned to the applicant if not selected)
  • March 19, 2021: $700 US due, plus payment for any requested rooming upgrades
  • April 16, 2021: $700 US due
  • May 14, 2021: Any remaining balance due
The Series was everything I hoped it to be and more. You can only prepare yourself for a fraction of the excitement you will feel arriving in New York and knowing that in a few days, you'll be singing at Carnegie Hall with your new best friends with an amazing conductor.


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