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Application Details

Ready to apply? Follow the steps outlined below to submit your application materials.

How to Apply

The honor of participation in the Series is offered to talented young vocalists aged 18-25 identified from an international pool of applicants. Eligible applicants will have graduated high school or, in the case of international applicants, will have completed their school leaving examinations between 2012 and 2018. All application materials must be submitted electronically following the instructions below.

How and When to Submit Your Materials

lease submit all application materials as soon as possible in order to ensure a timely review of your application. Each application component must be submitted individually using the links in the appropriate section below.

The application for the 2019 Young Adult Series has closed. We are offering limited extensions for specific voice parts. Please contact our team at if you are interested in an extension.


Required Application Materials

All applications must complete the following 4 steps.

  1. Application Form and Deposit
  2. Nomination or Recommendation from a Music Professional
  3. Performing Biography
  4. Audition Recording

All required components must be received on or before the application deadline for an application to be considered by our Selection Board.

Step 1: Complete Application Form

If you have received an Invitation Number, please be sure to include this on your application form; this number will allow us to determine whether you have already been nominated.

In order to give appropriate attention to all applications, our Selection Board prefers to receive materials sooner than later; applicants must electronically upload all required application materials to our website on or before September 26, 2018, to be eligible for selection for the 2019 Series.

If you are not selected as a Finalist, all but a $10 application review fee will be refunded; once a participant is accepted, his or her full deposit becomes non-refundable. Please note that the total program cost does not change based on the time a musician's application is received.

Once you have completed the online application form, you will receive an automated email that includes your Customer Account Number. This will be different than your Invitation Number and should be used as you submit your remaining application materials so we can properly link these submissions to your application.

Step 2: Obtain a Recommendation

If you have already received a Nomination (or were automatically nominated due to past musical achievements), your invitation materials will indicate that no additional nomination is required. Simply include your Invitation Number on your application form and your nomination will automatically be linked to your application.

Students who have not yet received a Nomination are welcome to apply; they will simply need to request a music professional endorse their application through our Recommendation Request Form below. A recommendation from any music professional (teacher, ensemble director, private instructor, colleague, etc.) who is familiar with your musical abilities is appropriate.

If you have any questions about whether your application requires a recommendation, please contact us at (including your Invitation Number, if you have one), and we’ll be happy to clarify your invitation status.

Step 3: Complete the Performing Biography Form

Provide more information about yourself and your musical background by completing the brief Performing Biography form. Please use your Customer Account Number, included in the confirmation email sent after completing the online application form (see above) so we can match your biography to your application.

Step 4: Submit an Audio Recording

Each applicant must submit an audition recording by uploading a digital file with their application. Please review the below audition recording requirements in their entirety before recording your submission.

Recordings must meet the following criteria:

  • Recordings may consist of one or multiple pieces and should total between 3 and 5 minutes for each instrument/voice part for which you are auditioning (except percussionists – see below). Recordings will not be disqualified if they are slightly over or under this guideline.
  • Begin each piece with a verbal introduction of yourself, the instrument/voice part for which you are auditioning, and the piece that you will be playing, for example: “My name is John Smith, and the following is the suggested audition etude for snare drum.”
  • Recordings should be audio-only (no videos, please) and submitted in MP3 or M4A format only. Please note: While we do our best to notify students if we encounter a problem with your audition recording, we cannot guarantee that the Selection Board will be able to review your submission if it is not submitted in the required format.
  • Include your first and last name and instrument/voice part for which you are auditioning in the file name.
  • Recordings may not be engineered or enhanced in any manner.
  • You may audition on more than one instrument and you may audition as both an instrumentalist and a vocalist. In both cases, you only need to submit one application form, deposit, Director Nomination, and Performing Biography. You should submit a unique recording for each instrument/voice part on which you wish to apply.
  • All applicants are encouraged to prepare one of the sample etudes listed below. See below for information about the selection of additional audition pieces.


  • Vocalists should prepare a piece from Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics, Twenty-Four Italian Songs & Arias of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.
  • If desired, vocalists may select and record an additional classical piece which they feel best demonstrates their abilities.
  • Your recording must be a solo performance, though piano accompaniment is encouraged.


  • Instrumentalists may apply for the Young Adult Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.

Evaluation Process and Selection of Finalists

Once you submit your application:

  • Applicants will receive an official confirmation email within approximately 2 weeks of the Series‘ receipt of your materials. The Series will use the email address(es) you provide on your application to send a number of official program communications.
  • Once a completed application is received, it will be reviewed by our Board of professional musicians to select Finalists for the Honors Choir Ensemble.
  • Performers selected for the program to perform as part of the Honors Ensembles are designated as Finalists and will be notified by email on approximately October 31, 2018. Accepted Finalists are assigned to an ensemble based upon the recommendations 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, an applicant will be placed into a specific ensemble.
  • Applicants who are not accepted will also be notified by email on approximately October 31, 2018, and will be notified of their status: Runner-up (waitlisted) or Deferred (not waitlisted and not accepted).
  • Finalist and First Runner-up notifications will be sent via email to the address(es) listed on your account around October 31, 2018.
  • Accepted Finalists should expect to receive their sheet music and Conductor’s rehearsal notes no later than the end of April 2019.
  • After acceptance, should any Finalist cancel their participation, a First Runner-up will be offered the opportunity to fill the open seat.
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