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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 the Musikverein?

The Young Adult Honors Performance Series at the Musikverein was established to showcase some of the most talented performers in college today. Through an individual nomination and selection process, accomplished students are brought together in Vienna with peers to comprise the Honors Instrumental Ensemble.

Who are the conductors?

Our 2022 Honors Conductors will be announced in winter 2021. The Conductors for the 2019 Young Adult Honors Performance at the Sydney Opera House were:

  • Dr. Jeffery Redding - Young Adult Honors Choir

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 Vienna?

The program was developed to challenge musicians to perform at their very best as they play and sing for concert-going patrons and other supporters. Though much of the musicians’ time is focused on performance preparation, the week also allows students to experience the best of the sights and the performance arts in Vienna.

Highlights of the 6-day program typically include (tentative and subject to change):

  • Perform in the elite Honors Performance at the Musikverein under the direction of a renowned conductor.
  • Work with a master conductor and build your performing resume.
  • Rehearse and interact with other Finalists from across the world.
  • Celebrate your accomplishments on a Finalist Celebration Cruise on the Danube River.
  • Experiencing the highlights of Vienna, including a day trip to Salzburg, Mozart's hometown.
When is the 2022 Young Adult Honors Performance Series at the Musikverein?


The 2022 Young Adult Series at the Musikverein will take place July 28 - August 2, 2022.  The Honors Performances at the Musikverein are Monday, August 1.

What ensembles will perform at the 2022 Young Adult Honors Performance at the Musikverein?


The 2022 Young Adult Honors Performance Series at the Musikverein 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 2022 Young Adult Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.


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


The Honors Performance Series is a proud part of the WorldStrides organization. Click here for more information about our history and relationship with WorldStrides.

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. Applicants are first accepted into the program and are then assigned to an ensemble upon instrumentation and balance requirements (the Series cannot guarantee that, if accepted, applicants will be placed into a specific ensemble).
  • Each applicant receives a notification email to all address(es) listed on their application in early December. This email will specifies the student’s application results: 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
  • Teacher Nomination or Recommendation
  • Complete Performing Biography form
  • Three- to five-minute audition recording
  • Application deposit (the full deposit amount, minus a $15 US application fee is refunded if not selected; once a participant is accepted, his or her deposit becomes non-refundable)

Applications are not 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 electronically submit an audio-only MP3 or M4A audition recording. Please visit the application page for additional information.

Can family participate?

Parents, family members, and friends are welcome to join their Finalist by 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.

Information on package options will be provided to Finalists once accepted and posted on this website. Additionally, information on how to purchase tickets to the performance will be provided to Finalists. Other than individual tickets to the Musikverein performance, all hotels, activities, touring and events are available only as a part of a package (cannot be purchased individually).

How do you ensure performer safety?
The safety and security of our student performers is our highest priority. Though all Finalists will be provided options to have family participate in a Family Program package, we recognize that many students may be traveling to Austria alone. We’re proud to say that the Honors Performance Series is produced and supported by organizations with nearly 50 years of experience providing student-focused event and travel logistics. Every program element is designed so that music professionals, parents, and performers can rest easy and students can focus on their main reason for being in Vienna – performing at their very best in the Musikverein. Program elements include:

  • Program staff experienced and trained in working with young adults
  • Accommodations in a highly rated Vienna hotel
  • All rehearsal costs, including equipment and sheet music
  • All production cost and services for the Musikverein performance
  • All fees for shown activities—including sightseeing, 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 Vienna
  • Five nights' lodging in a highly rated, centrally located hotel with staff onsite to ensure a good stay
  • Staff available 24 hours to support participants
  • Doctors on Call arrangement for U.S.-based medical support while on the program
  • Extensive participant insurance while on the program

Additionally, selected participants are expected to act with utmost professionalism and maturity throughout the program. Finalists found to have violated the Series' behavior guidelines (as outlined in the Finalist Behavior Contract signed by all participants) will be dismissed without a refund.

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 Vienna, Austria – performing at their very best in the Musikverein. The Series includes for all Finalists (tentative):

  • All rehearsal costs, including equipment and sheet music
  • All production cost and services for the Musikverein performance
  • All fees for shown activities—including the Finalist Celebration, sightseeing, and other activities
  • All ground transportation during the program, including transfers between the specified airport and hotels (arrival and departure transportation—flights, trains, etc.—are the responsibility of participants)
  • Exposure to and learning from a world-class conductor for the program duration
  • Ensemble conductor, city touring guides, and program staff
  • Five nights' lodging in highly rated, student-friendly hotels (double occupancy) with staff onsite to ensure a good stay
  • Hotel night security on each occupied floor to ensure restful nights for performers
  • A 24-hour staffed emergency office in Vienna to handle the unexpected
  • Doctors on Call arrangement for medical support while on the program
  • Extensive traveler insurance while on the program

Transportation to and from Austria and meals (except breakfast) are NOT included in the program. A set payment plan and need-based scholarships are available.


Is transportation included in the program?

All ground transportation, including shuttling between the designated airport and hotels once in Vienna, is included (for registered participants of the program only). Transportation to and from Vienna 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.

Will someone meet me at the airport?

Finalists and Family Program participants are given a window of time at a specific Vienna 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.

Are meals included?

Breakfast is included in the tuition price.  Finalists are responsible for purchasing all other meals during the program. We generally suggest Finalists plan to spend $50-75 USD per day on meals and souvenirs.

Are scholarships available?

The Honors Performance Series is dedicated to bringing together talented student performers across the world.  Need-based partial scholarships are available to ensure that performers from all economic backgrounds are able to experience this unique performance honor at the Musikverein.  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 students and families who have participated in our programs.

Do I get to choose my roommates?


Finalists are placed two-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.

Finalists are not allowed to room with a family member, even if that family member has purchased a Full Access Family Program package. Occupancy other than two-to-a-room requires a room surcharge. Please contact us if you would like more information about this option.


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.

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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