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Program Overview

In the footsteps of the renowned High School Honors Performance Series, the Middle School Series showcases the most talented middle school performers from around the world.

2020 Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall

June 25-29, 2020

The 2020 Middle School Series at Carnegie Hall has been cancelled. The 2021 program dates and application details will be announced in October 2020.

We are pleased to welcome 6th-8th grade musicians to submit their applications for the 2020 Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Selected musicians rehearse and perform under master conductors and have the opportunity to meet other like-minded musicians from around the world. Though much of the students' time is focused on performance preparation, the week also allows students to experience the best of the sights and the performance arts in New York City.

Program Highlights

  • Perform in the elite Honors Junior Performance at Carnegie Hall.
  • Work with master conductors and build your performing resume.
  • Rehearse and interact with other Junior Finalists from across the world.
  • Celebrate your accomplishments at your Junior Finalist Celebration.
  • See a Broadway Show, visit New York’s most famous landmarks, and experience the Big Apple!

Sample Itinerary

Honors Junior Band 2014

Day 1

  • Evening arrival in New York City
  • Airport greeting and transfer to the hotel
  • Free time to explore sites of New York, including Times Square, 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Plaza and St. Patrick's Cathedral

Day 2

  • Morning rehearsal
  • Afternoon rehearsal
  • Evening Broadway Show

Day 3

  • Morning rehearsal
  • Afternoon rehearsal
  • Junior Finalist Celebration

Day 4

  • Morning rehearsal
  • Manhattan Touring with a local tour guide
  • Sound Check
  • Carnegie Hall performance

Day 5

  • Farewell and return to airport
  • Afternoon departure for home

Scholarship Opportunities

The Honors Performance Series is dedicated to bringing together talented student performers from across the world. Need-based partial scholarships are available to ensure that performers of all economic backgrounds may apply for this unique performance honor at Carnegie Hall. Please contact us at +1 (800) 503-0807 to learn more.

The Series is additionally proud to share a number of fundraising ideas with selected performers, including our Gift of Performance E-Card, which many Junior Finalists have used to raise their full program cost! Click here for more details.

Program Components and Cost

What Does the Cost Cover?

  • All rehearsals, including equipment and sheet music
  • All production and services for the Carnegie Hall performance
  • All shown activities – including a Broadway show, celebration, and activities
  • All ground transportation during the program, including transfers between the designated airport and hotels (arrival and departure transportation – flights, trains, etc. – are the responsibility of participants)
  • Exposure to and learning from world-class conductors for the program duration
  • Experienced student chaperones, city touring guides, and program staff to provide a safe and engaging environment
  • Four nights’ lodging in highly rated student-friendly hotels (quad occupancy) with staff onsite to ensure a good stay
  • Hotel night security on each occupied floor to ensure a restful night for performers
  • A 24-hour staffed emergency office in New York City to handle any unexpected circumstances
  • 24-hour access to one of our George Washington Hospital doctors on call for medical support during the program
  • Extensive traveler insurance while on the program

Vocal Junior Finalists


Instrumental Junior Finalists

Program Components and Cost

  • Deposit due with application; $200 US if completed application is submitted on or before December 4, 2019; increases to $295 US after December 4 (all but a $15 US application review fee is returned to the applicant if not selected)
  • March 27, 2020: $500 US due
  • April 24, 2020: $500 US due
  • May 22, 2020: Final Payment Deadline: Any remaining balance due
It was nice to see so many people as passionate about music as I am. This performance made me see what my life could really be like if I keep working and following my dreams.

Junior Finalist

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