HIGH SCHOOL | CARNEGIE HALL
The honor of participation in the Honors Ensembles is limited to the best high school performers chosen through an individual application and selection process.
Selection of Finalists
Selected Finalists receive the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with and learn from renowned conductors as they prepare to perform at a truly world-class venue, Carnegie Hall. In a special performance, students perform for New York concert-goers, 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 who haven't received a teacher nomination may still apply and are required to submit the contact information for a teacher reference as part of the application process.
To be considered for selection to the 2024 Honors Performance Series, a student must be in US grades 9-12 (or equivalent international study level) during the 2023-2024 school year and submit a completed application, which includes:
- Online application form and deposit
- Teacher reference
- A performer biography
- A three- to five-minute audition recording
Please review the Application tab for additional details about these requirements.
Students who submit their application form and deposit before June 28, 2023, will receive $50 off the program tuition!
Instruments and Voice Parts
The 2024 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall is planned to feature the following distinguished ensembles:
- Honors Band
- Honors Full Orchestra
- Honors String Orchestra
- Honors Choir (mixed choir)
- Honors Treble Choir
- Honors Pop Orchestra (focusing on music scores, *New for 2024*)
Accepted Finalists are assigned to an ensemble based upon the recommendation of our Selection Board to satisfy balance requirements for each ensemble, and to maintain an equally high level of musicality for all ensembles. The Series cannot guarantee that, if accepted, applicants will be placed into a specific ensemble.
Past choral ensembles have included sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. Previous instrumental ensembles required the following instruments: bassoons, cellos, clarinets (including Bb, Eb, and bass), string basses, euphoniums, flutes, French horns, harps, oboes, percussion, pianos, saxophones (including alto, tenor, and baritone), trombones, tubas, violas, and violins.
Evaluation Process and Selection of Finalists
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