Carnegie Hall | Musikverein Vienna | Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre | Sydney Opera House


Selection Process

Student applications are reviewed by our expert Selection Board, comprised of notable music professionals, for selection into the Honors Ensembles.

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 one of the world’s most recognized and revered performance institutions—Sydney Opera House.

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.


Application Requirements

To be considered for selection to the 2024/2025 Honors Performance Series, a student must be in US grades 9-12 (or equivalent international study level) during the 2024-2025 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


Students who submit their application form and deposit before May 22, 2024, will receive $50 off the program tuition!

Instruments and Voice Parts

The 2023 High School Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House is planned to feature an Honors Choir and two Honors Instrumental Ensembles. The Honors Choir is planned to include sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. The format of the Honors Instrumental Ensembles will be determined once all applications have been received and reviewed. All orchestral instruments are invited to apply, especially 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 an applicant apply for a part that is not needed, their full application deposit will be refunded.

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.

Evaluation Process and Selection of Finalists

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

  • All applicants will be notified by email for early acceptance by end of June, 2024 and final acceptances by the end of September 2024, regarding their application status for the 2024/2025 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 the end of May 2025.
  • Should any Finalist cancel their participation, a First Runner-up will be offered the opportunity to fill the empty seat.
The Honors Choir was the best choir I have ever been a part of. I learned more than any other musical experience I've had. This is one of the most amazing experiences of my life.


1359 Broadway, Suite 1504,
New York, NY 10018

The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented and operated by WorldStrides.

National Band Association

American Choral Directors Association Logo

National Association for Music Education Logo

  This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some are essential to make our site work; others help us improve the user experience. By using the site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Read our Privacy Policy to learn more.