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Selection Process

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.

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Application Requirements

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:

  1. Online application form and deposit
  2. Teacher reference
  3. A performer biography
  4. 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

All completed applications received will be reviewed by our expert Board of professional musicians to select Finalists for the Honors Ensembles.

  • All applicants will be notified by email by the October 2023 regarding their application status for the 2024 High School Honors Performance Series. Following review by our Selection Board, applicants are placed into one of three categories: Finalist (selected to perform), First Runner-up (waitlisted), or Deferred (not accepted and not waitlisted).
  • Selected Finalists should expect to receive the selected music for preparation by mid-December 2023.
  • Should any Finalist cancel their participation, a First Runner-up will be offered the opportunity to fill the empty seat.
Our Conductor Dr. Copley was amazing! By her stories, advice, and quotes, she inspired us as well as effectively taught us. I learned so much about singing, and I have already, just about 4 weeks after the program, used the skills I learned in singing countless times!


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