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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the program and application process. Do not hesitate to call or email our team with additional questions.

What is the Young Adult Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall?

The Young Adult Series brings together young musicians who have pursued their musical interests into college and beyond. Selected Finalists are brought together for five days in New York City to further their abilities, network with other talented musicians, work with renowned conductors, and ultimately take part in an advanced Carnegie Hall performance.

Who are the conductors?

Our 2020 Honors Conductor will be announced in Fall 2019. Past Conductors for the Young Adult Honors Choir have included Dr. Eph Ehly and Dr. Jeffery Redding.

All of 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. Click here to learn more about all of our distinguished Honors Conductors.

What do Finalists do in New York?

 The program was developed to challenge young musicians who have advanced their skills beyond high school to further their abilities, network with other talented musicians, work with renowned conductors, and ultimately take part in an advanced Carnegie Hall performance. Though much of the musicians’ time is focused on performance preparation, the week also allows students to explore opportunities in music, experience the best of New York City arts, and get to know other musicians from around the world.

Highlights of the 5-day program are planned to include (tentative and subject to change):

  • Perform in the elite Honors Performance at Carnegie Hall.
  • Work with a master conductor and build your performing resume.
  • Rehearse and interact with other musicians from across the world.
  • See the sights and enjoy time with other selected vocalists during your Celebration Cruise aboard a luxury yacht.
  • Attend a Broadway Show, interact with a panel of professional New York City musicians, and take part in workshops led by Broadway cast members.
When is the 2020 Young Adult Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall?

The 2020 Young Adult Series will take place January 30-February 3, 2030, with the Honors Performance at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, February 2.

What ensembles will perform at the 2020 Young Adult Honors Performances at Carnegie Hall?

The 2020 Young Adult Honors Performance Series is planned to feature a mixed choir. All voice parts are encouraged to apply.

Instrumentalists are encouraged to apply for the Young Adult Instrumental Ensemble, which will perform at the Musikverein in 2020.

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

The Honors Performance Series is coordinated by WorldStrides OnStage (formerly WorldStrides Heritage Performance). For more than three decades, WorldStrides has strived to promote excellence among choirs, bands, and orchestras by providing outstanding educational and performance opportunities for accomplished student performers across the world. They are proud to support the Honors Performance Series as yet another unique educational and performance opportunity for talented instrumentalists and singers.

How are Finalists selected?


  • Music professionals from across the world recognize and nominate talented young musicians.
  • Nominated and self-nominating musicians are invited to apply individually for selection.
  • Applicants submit a complete application and audition recording. Self-nominating students must submit an additional recommendation.
  • All applications are reviewed by the Series’ expert Board of music professionals for final selection.
  • Each applicant will receive a notification email to the address(es) listed on their application on approximately October 23, 2019. This email will specify their acceptance status: Finalist (selected to perform), First Runner-up (waitlisted), or Deferred (not accepted and not waitlisted).
What are the application requirements?

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

  • Complete Application Form
  • Nomination or Recommendation
  • Complete Performing Biography form
  • Audition recording
  • Application deposit (the full deposit amount, minus a $15 application fee is refunded if not selected; once a participant is accepted, his or her deposit becomes non-refundable)

Applicants for the Young Adult Series are required to submit all application materials online. Applications will not be considered until all required pieces are received. If an applicant fails to submit required portions, their deposit is not refunded.

What are the requirements of the audition recording?

Each applicant must submit a 3-5 minute mp3 or m4a audition recording. Recordings must meet the criteria outlined on the application (please visit the application page for additional information).

Can family participate?

Parents, family members, and friends are welcome to join their Finalist by either purchasing one of our Family Program packages or by purchasing individual tickets to the performance. This is a wonderful experience to share with family and friends. Additional details will be announced in late October following Finalist selection announcements. Other than individual tickets to the Carnegie Hall performance, all hotels, activities, touring, and events are available only as a part of a package and cannot be purchased individually.

How do you ensure performer safety?
The safety and security of our performers is our highest priority, and the Series has implemented a number of safety measures to ensure all participants are well supported and protected:

  • Program staff experienced and trained in working with young adults
  • Accommodations in a highly rated Manhattan hotel
  • Doctors on Call arrangement for medical support while on the program
  • 24-hour staffed emergency office in New York City to handle the unexpected
  • Extensive participant insurance while on the program

Additionally, selected participants are expected to act with utmost professionalism and maturity during the program. Finalists found to have violated the behavior guidelines of the program (as outlined in the Finalist Behavior Contract signed by all participants) will be dismissed from the program.

What is included in the program cost?


The Honors Performance Series provides a hassle-free experience so that selected student performers can focus on their main reason for being in New York – performing at their very best in Carnegie Hall. The Series includes for all Finalists (tentative):

  • All rehearsal costs, including equipment and sheet music
  • All production cost and services for the Carnegie Hall performance
  • All fees for shown activities—including a Broadway show or Met Opera, celebration, and other activities
  • Transportation for all activities during the program (arrival and departure transportation—flights, trains, etc.—to and from the Series hotel are the responsibility of participants)
  • Exposure to and learning from a world-class conductor for the program duration
  • Guides for activities outside the hotel (if desired) and program staff to assist participants in New York
  • Four nights lodging in a highly rated, centrally located hotel (quad occupancy) with staff onsite to ensure a good stay
  • A 24-hour staffed emergency office in New York City to handle the unexpected
  • Doctors on Call arrangement for around-the-clock access to a George Washington University Hospital doctor during the program
  • Extensive traveler insurance while on the program

Transportation to and from the program hotel in New York and meals are NOT included in the program. A set payment plan is available and partial scholarships are also offered to full-time student applicants, based on family need.


Is transportation included in the program?

While transportation to and from activities during the program is included, selected Finalists are responsible for getting themselves to and from the Series hotel at the beginning and conclusion of the program. This includes transportation to and from New York City (air, train, bus, etc.) as well as transportation from New York City transportation hubs to/from the program hotel. 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 check-in/check-out times.

Are meals included?

No, selected Finalists are responsible for purchasing their own meals during the program. We generally suggest Finalists plan to spend $30-50 US per day on meals.

Are scholarships available?

The Honors Performance Series is dedicated to bringing together talented young performers around the world. Need-based partial scholarships are available to full-time student applicants, based upon family need. 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. All of our hotels are nationally recognized, and each hotel has been chosen for its cleanliness, hospitality, and safe location. Our hotels are student friendly and have been rated highly by musicians and families who have participated in our programs.

Do I get to choose my roommates?

Finalists are placed four-to-a-room with double beds in each room. In general, roommate selection is randomly assigned by 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 Finalist is traveling with a family member who has enrolled in the Full Access Family Program, they may request to room together. Occupancy other than four-to-a-room requires a room surcharge. Please contact us if you would like more information about this option.

How can I reach a Finalist in case of emergency?


During the program, families may call our emergency office in New York (this number will be shared with Finalists and their families before the program). We have staff on-call 24 hours a day who will be able to put you in touch with your child in case of an emergency. Please also note that all Finalists wear a wristband indicating a toll-free number to our support staff in case of an emergency.

With further questions, please contact the Honors Performance Series at +1 (800) 503-0807.


Is there a code of conduct for Finalists?

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, t
he Program & 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 to selected Finalists with their acceptance materials.

Who do we make checks payable to?

Please make checks payable to the Honors Performance Series. For faster processing, checks should be mailed to the Honors Performance Series at P.O. Box 6276, Charlottesville, VA 22906-6275. Once received, checks sent to our New York address may take an additional 1-2 weeks to process.

How can I ask people to donate to my program fees?

Requesting donations is easy with our Gift of Performance e-cards. Those closest to you will enjoy their special e-greeting and the opportunity to be a part of your unforgettable experience!
Click here to send e-cards to all of your family and friends! Many Finalists have accumulated donations in excess of $1,500 through this fundraiser alone!

Being a part of these rehearsals showed me what it is like to be around people who know what they are doing and work for it. I cannot express enough how thankful I am.


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