HIGH SCHOOL | SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
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.
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.
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.
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
The 2023 High School Series at Sydney Opera House program will take place July 31, 2023, through August 5, 2023, for a total of six days.
The Sydney Opera House performance will feature the Honors Choir (mixed choir) and Honors Instrumental Ensemble (format TBD; all orchestral instruments invited to apply).
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 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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented and operated by WorldStrides.