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Frequently Asked Questions

The High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney is an honor reserved for elite students. Selected Finalists are challenged to perform at their best.

What is the High School Honors Performance Series?

The High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House 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 Sydney, Australia, with international peers to comprise the Honors Choir and Honors Instrumental Ensembles.

Who are the conductors?

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.

What do Finalists do in Sydney?


The program was developed to challenge students to perform at their very best as they play on one of the world’s renowned stages. Though much of the students’ time is therefore focused on performance preparation, the week also allows students to experience the best of the sights of Sydney and the surrounding area.

Planned highlights of the six-day program include (tentative and subject to change):

  • Performing as part of the Honors Choir or Honors Instrumental Ensembles in the Honors Performance at Sydney Opera House under the direction of renowned conductors
  • Working with master conductors and build your performing resume
  • Rehearsing and interacting with other Finalists from across the world
  • Celebrating your accomplishments on a Finalist Celebration Cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Experiencing the highlights of Sydney, including a day trip into the Blue Mountains to see some of Australia’s famed animal species, such as kangaroos, emus, and koalas
When is the 2025 High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House?

The 2025 High School Series at Sydney Opera House program dates are still yet to be determined. Check back here for more info!

What ensembles will perform at the High School Honors Performances at Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House performance will feature the Honors Choir (mixed choir) and Honors Instrumental Ensemble (format TBD; all orchestral instruments invited to apply).

What is the connection between the Honors Performance Series and WorldStrides?

The Honors Performance Series is a proud part of the WorldStrides organization. Click here for more information about our history and relationship with WorldStrides.

How are Finalists selected?


  • Music directors from across the world recognize and nominate their talented high school musicians.
  • Nominated students and self-nominating students are invited to apply individually for selection.
  • Applicants submit a complete application and audition recording. 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.
  • All applications are reviewed by the Series expert Board of music professionals for final selection. Applicants are first accepted into the program and are then assigned to an ensemble upon instrumentation and balance requirements. Please note that program dates may change depending on your selected ensemble, and the Series cannot guarantee that, if accepted, applicants will be placed into a specific ensemble.
  • Each applicant receives a notification email to all address(es) listed on their application by the end of October 2024. This email will specify the student’s application results: Finalist (selected to perform), First Runner-up (waitlisted), or Deferred (not accepted and not waitlisted).
What are the application requirements?


The High School Honors Performance Series application requirements are as follows. Please see the application page for additional details.

  • Online application form and deposit
  • Teacher reference
  • A performer biography
  • A three- to five-minute audition recording

Applications are not considered until all required pieces are received. If an applicant fails to submit required portions, their deposit is forfeited.

What are the requirements of the audition recording?

Each applicant must electronically submit an audio-only MP3 or M4A audition recording. Please visit the application page for additional information.

May I apply for multiple ensembles?

Applications are automatically considered equally for all applicable ensembles, so if you wish to apply on only one instrument or voice part, you need submit only one application and audition recording to be considered for all applicable ensembles. Accepted applicants will be placed into an ensemble by the Series Selection Board based on balance and instrumentation requirements; students may not request a specific ensemble.

Additionally, you may audition on more than one instrument, and you may also audition as both an instrumentalist and a vocalist. In both cases, you only need to submit one application form, deposit, teacher reference, and Performing Biography, but you will need to submit multiple audition recordings.

Can family participate?

Parents, family members, and friends are welcome to join their Finalist by purchasing one of our Family Programs or by purchasing individual tickets to the performance. This is a wonderful experience to share with family and friends.

Information on Family Program options will be provided to Finalists once accepted and posted on this website. Additionally, information on how to purchase tickets to the performance will be provided to Finalists. Other than individual tickets to the Sydney Opera House performance, all hotels, activities, touring, and events are available only as a part of the Family Program and cannot be purchased individually.

How do you ensure performer safety?
The health, safety, and security of our student performers is our highest priority. Though all Finalists will be provided options to have family participate in a Family Program, we recognize that many students may be traveling to Sydney alone. We’re proud to say that the Honors Performance Series is produced and supported by organizations with more than 50 years of experience providing student-focused event and travel logistics. Every program element is designed so that music professionals, parents, and performers can rest easy and students can focus on their main reason for being in Sydney – performing at their very best at the Sydney Opera House. Program elements include:

  • Airport shuttles and staff to greet and send off students from assigned airport
  • All transportation during the program
  • Chaperones to supervise performers outside of rehearsals and during activities (see below for additional information about our Chaperone selection process)
  • Program staff experienced and trained in working with high school students
  • Accommodations in student-friendly hotels (safe areas, interior corridors, etc.)
  • Doctors on Call arrangement for U.S.-based medical support while on the program
  • Staff available 24 hours to handle any unexpected circumstances
  • Extensive participant insurance while on the program

Additionally, selected participants are expected to act with utmost professionalism and maturity during the program (as outlined in the Performer Code of Conduct signed by all participants). For additional information about our health and safety measures, please click here.

How are students supervised while in Sydney?


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.

What is included in the program tuition?


The Honors Performance Series provides a hassle-free experience so  selected student performers can focus on their main reason for being in Australia—performing at their very best at Sydney Opera House. The Series includes for all Finalists (tentative):

  • All rehearsals, including equipment and sheet music
  • All production and services for the Sydney Opera House performance
  • All shown activities, including sightseeing, celebration, and other activities
  • All ground transportation during the program, including transfers between the assigned airport and hotel (flights to and from Sydney are the participant's responsibility; additional information about the option to participate in a group flight will be distributed to Finalists after acceptance)
  • Exposure to and learning from world-class conductors for the program duration
  • Experienced chaperones, city touring guides, and program staff
  • Five nights’ lodging in a centrally located, student-friendly hotel with on-site staff
  • A 24-hour staffed emergency office to handle any unexpected circumstances
  • 24-hour access to Doctors on Call, our U.S.-based medical support through The George Washington University Hospital, during the program
  • Extensive traveler insurance while on the program

Transportation to and from Sydney and meals are not included in the program; additional information about the option to participate in a group flight will be distributed to Finalists after acceptance. A set payment plan and scholarships are available.

Is transportation included in the program?

All ground transportation, including shuttling between the designated airport and hotels once in Sydney, is included (for registered participants of the program only). Transportation to and from Sydney 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.

Will someone meet me at the airport?

Finalists and 6-Day Family Program participants are given a window of time at a specific 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.

What if I am arriving into a different airport, or by train or car?

Participants taking an alternative travel method, flying into a different airport than the one assigned, or arriving outside of the designated arrival window, should proceed directly to the official program hotel for registration (details will be provided to Finalists following their selection).

Are meals included?

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.

Are scholarships available?

The Honors Performance Series is dedicated to bringing together talented student performers around the world. Scholarships are available to ensure that performers from all backgrounds are able to experience this unique performance honor at the Sydney Opera House. The scholarship application will be made available following program acceptances. Please call us at +1-800-503-0807 for more information.

Where do participants stay?

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. 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.

Do I get to choose my roommates?

In general, roommate selection is randomly assigned by ensemble and gender. Meeting new people and making new friends is a key element of the Honors Performance Series, and roommates enhance the entire experience.

If a student knows another selected Finalist from the same ensemble, they will be given the opportunity to request to room together following acceptances. While these arrangements cannot be guaranteed ahead of the program, we do our best to accommodate all requests.

Certain occupancy arrangements require a room surcharge. Please contact us if you would like more information about specific occupancy requests.


Is there a code of conduct for Finalists?

Yes, to ensure a positive experience for all Finalists, participants are required to sign a behavior contract 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.

Do you offer travel insurance?

Yes, the Tuition & 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.

This experience was by far the best music experience I have ever been on. It was fun and exciting, and I got to meet so many great people and musicians. I made memories I will never forget on this trip and would highly recommend anyone to participate in this group because it was a truly exceptional experience.


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