YOUNG ADULT | CARNEGIE HALL
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.
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.
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.
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 five-day program are planned to include (tentative and subject to change):
- Performing in the elite Honors Performance at Carnegie Hall
- Working with a master conductor and build your performing resume
- Rehearsing and interacting with other musicians from across the world
- Commemorating your accomplishments and enjoying time with other selected vocalists during the Finalist Celebration
- Attending a Broadway Show, interacting with a panel of professional New York City musicians, and taking part in a workshop led by Broadway cast members
The 2023 Young Adult Instrumental Series at Carnegie Hall and the 2023 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall will take place between February 1-5, 2023.
The 2023 Young Adult Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall will feature a distinguished instrumental ensemble (format TBD). All parts are encouraged to apply.
Previous instrumental ensembles required the following instruments: 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.
Vocalists are encouraged to apply for the Young Adult Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House in Australia taking place in August 2023.
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.
All ground transportation, including shuttling between the designated airport and hotels once in New York City, is included (for registered participants of the program only). Transportation to and from New York City 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.
No, selected Finalists are responsible for purchasing their own meals during the program. 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 young performers around the world. Partial scholarships are available to full-time student applicants. 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. 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.
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 dismissed from the program.
Yes, the 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.
Please use the following instructions to make a payment by check:
- Make out to: WorldStrides
- Note in memo line: “HPS” and your customer number
- Mail to: Honors Performance Series by WorldStrides
ATTN: Enrollment Department
1919 Gallows Rd. Suite 700
Vienna, VA 22182
Please note: Checks sent to our New York address may take an additional 1-2 weeks to process.
The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented and operated by WorldStrides.