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 for and perform at a truly world-class venue – Carnegie Hall. In a special performance, students perform for New York concert-going patrons, 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 are also given the opportunity to self-nominate and apply. Students who wish to self-nominate must, therefore, additionally include a teacher recommendation as part of their application submission.
To be considered for selection to the 2019 Honors Performance Series, a student must be in US grades 9-12 (or equivalent international study level) during the 2018-2019 school year and submit a completed application, which includes:
- A teacher nomination or recommendation (see above),
- An application form and deposit,
- A performer biography,
- And a 3- to 5-minute audition recording.
Instruments and Voice Parts
The 2019 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall will feature the following distinguished ensembles:
- Honors Band
- Honors String Orchestra
- Honors Symphony Orchestra
- Honors Concert Choir
- Honors Women’s Choir
Accepted Finalists are assigned to an ensemble based upon the recommendation of our Selection Board to satisfy balance requirements for each ensemble, as well as 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 vocal 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. Should a student apply for a part that is not utilized, a full refund will be sent.
Evaluation Process and Selection of Finalists
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