YOUNG ADULT | SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
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 instrumentalists aged 18-25 identified from an international pool of applicants. Eligible applicants will have graduated high school or completed their school-leaving examinations between 2015 and 2021. All application materials must be submitted electronically following the instructions below.
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How and When to Submit Your Materials
Please 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.
Our 2022 application is currently closed.
Required Application Materials
All applicants must complete the following steps:
- Application Form and Deposit
- Nomination or Recommendation from a Music Professional
- Performing Biography
- 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.
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 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on September 29, 2021 to be eligible for the 2022 Series.
If you are not selected as a Finalist, all but a $15 application review fee will be refunded—the application deposit is non-refundable for participants who withdraw after the final application deadline. Please note: 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 when submitting your remaining application materials, so we can properly link these submissions to your application.
Step 2: Obtain a Recommendation
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
Evaluation Process and Selection of Finalists
Once you submit your application:
- Applicants will receive an official confirmation email within approximately 2-3 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 Instrumental Ensemble.
- Performers selected for the program to perform as part of the Honors Ensembles are designated as Finalists and will be notified by email by the end of October 2021.
- Applicants who are not accepted will also be emailed by the end of October 2021 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.
- Accepted Finalists should expect to receive their sheet music and Conductor’s rehearsal notes no later than the end of May 2022.
- 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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