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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

June 18-22, 2021

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.

Please note that our originally scheduled program in February has been postponed. All participants enrolled as of October 21, 2021, were sent an email to the Responsible Party address on their account with additional details about the program's postponement. Please contact our team if you have questions or need additional assistance regarding our rescheduled program.

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.
  • See a Broadway Show, 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)

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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: Broadway show (show options will be announced along with Finalist selections in late October)

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.

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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 Broadway show, 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

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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)
  • February 12, 2021: $500 US due
  • March 12, 2021: $500 US due, plus payment for any requested rooming upgrades
  • April 9, 2021: $500 US due
  • May 7, 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.

Erin
Finalist

Honors Performance Series

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