HIGH SCHOOL | CARNEGIE HALL
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the program and application process. Do not hesitate to call or email our team with additional questions.
The High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall was established to showcase some of the most talented student performers in high school today. Through an individual nomination and selection process, accomplished students are brought together in New York City with peers to comprise the Honors Choirs and Honors Instrumental Ensembles.
The 2023 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall and the 2023 Young Adult Instrumental Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall will take place between February 1–5, 2023.
Click here to learn more about our distinguished Honors Conductors. All our conductors have received international acclaim for their work and have extensive experience in working with talented students, making them the perfect choices to lead our Honors Ensembles.
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.
Highlights of the five-day program typically include (tentative and subject to change):
- Performing in one of two elite Honors Performances at Carnegie Hall under the direction of renowned conductors
- Working with master conductors and building your performing resume
- Rehearsing and interacting with other Finalists from across the world
- Commemorating your accomplishments and spending time with your new friends during the Finalist Celebration
- Seeing a Broadway Show, visiting the Big Apple’s most famous landmarks, and experiencing New York
The High School Honors Performance Series will feature the Honors Band, Honors String Orchestra, Honors Full Orchestra, Honors Treble Choir, and Honors Concert Choir (mixed choir). Applicants are first accepted into the program and are then assigned to the appropriate ensemble based upon instrumentation and balance requirements. Please note, the Series cannot guarantee that, if accepted, applicants are placed into a specific ensemble.
The Honors Performance Series is a proud part of the WorldStrides organization. Click here for more information about our history and relationship with WorldStrides.
Each applicant must electronically submit an audio-only MP3 or M4A audition recording. Please visit the application page for additional information.
In order to provide a safe and structured experience, all Finalists are assigned a program Chaperone. The Series invites educators—most of whom are music teachers and have nominated students for the program, and all of whom have demonstrated expertise working with high school musicians—to apply for selection as program Chaperones. All Chaperone applicants undergo a background check prior to selection and are trained on the Series safety policies and procedures. Finalists will meet their Chaperone during on-site registration. They’ll be present in all rehearsals, attend other program events, and facilitate group meals during free time.
All ground transportation, including shuttling between the designated airport and hotels once in New York City, is included (for registered participants of the program only). Transportation to and from New York City is the responsibility of each participant. Because this is a selective program, we encourage you to refrain from booking airline tickets or other travel arrangements until you have received both your acceptance and the specified arrival/departure times and locations.
Finalists and Full Access Family Program participants are given a window of time at a specific New York airport during which included transportation to and from the hotel will be provided. Participants should book their flight arrival and departure times to coincide with these periods in order to meet up with program representatives at the airport and take advantage of this included service. Participants arriving or departing outside of these windows will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to or from the assigned hotel.
Participants arriving by train or car, or flying into a different airport than the one assigned, should proceed directly to the official program hotel for registration (details will be provided to Finalists following their selection).
No, selected Finalists are responsible for purchasing their own meals during the program. At meal times, students are escorted by their Chaperones in small groups to nearby restaurants. The Series team advises Chaperones as to meal options that are suitable and affordable. We generally suggest Finalists plan to spend $50-75 US per day on meals and souvenirs.
The Honors Performance Series is dedicated to bringing together talented student performers across the world. Need-based partial scholarships are available to ensure that performers from all economic backgrounds are able to experience this unique performance honor at Carnegie Hall. The scholarship application will be made available following program acceptances. Please call us at +1-800-503-0807 for more information.
For safety reasons, we do not share the name of our Honors hotel(s) except to accepted Finalists and the Responsible Parties listed on their accounts. All of our hotels are nationally recognized, and each hotel has been chosen for its cleanliness, hospitality, and safe location. Our hotels are student-friendly and have been rated highly by students and families who have participated in our programs.
Yes, to ensure a positive experience for all Finalists, participants are required to sign a Performer Code of Conduct agreement before participating in the Honors Performance Series. Finalists who do not follow these guidelines can be removed from the program and will be sent home at the family's expense.
Yes, the Travel Protection Plan is an optional policy designed exclusively for Finalists and Family Program participants. This policy is offered to protect the investment of Finalists and their families. Complete details about the policy will be shared with selected Finalists upon acceptance.
Please use the following instructions to make a payment by check:
- Make out to: WorldStrides
- Note in memo line: “HPS” and your customer number
- Mail to: Honors Performance Series by WorldStrides
ATTN: Enrollment Department
1919 Gallows Rd. Suite 700
Vienna, VA 22182
Please note: Checks sent to our New York address may take an additional 1-2 weeks to process.
The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented and operated by WorldStrides.