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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?


The Young Adult Series brings together young musicians who have pursued their musical interests into college and beyond. Selected Finalists are brought together for six days in Sydney, Australia, with international peers to further their abilities, network with other talented musicians, work with renowned conductors, and ultimately take part in an advanced Sydney Opera House performance.

Who are the conductors?


Our 2022 Honors Conductor will be announced later in 2021.
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 Sydney?

 

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 Sydney Opera House performance. Though much of the musicians’ time is focused on performance preparation, the week also allows students to experience the best of the sights of Sydney and the surrounding area.

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

  • Performing as part of the Honors Instrumental Ensemble in the Honors Performance at Sydney Opera House under the direction of renowned conductors
  • Working with master conductors and building your performing resume
  • Rehearsing and interacting with other Finalists from across the world
  • Celebrating your accomplishments on a Finalist Celebration Cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Experiencing the highlights of Sydney, including a day trip into the Blue Mountains to see some of Australia’s famed animal species, such as kangaroos, emus, and koalas
When is the 2022 Young Adult Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House?

The 2022 Young Adult Series will take place July 28 - August 2, 2022.  The Honors Performance at Sydney Opera House is Monday, August 1.

What ensembles will perform at the 2022 Young Adult Honors Performances at Sydney Opera House?

 

The 2022 Young Adult Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House 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.
  • Each applicant receives a notification email to all address(es) listed on their application by the end of October. This email will specify 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.

  • Application form
  • Nomination or Recommendation
  • Performing Biography form
  • Audition recording
  • Application deposit (the full deposit amount, minus a $15 application fee is refunded if not selected—the application deposit is non-refundable for participants who withdraw after the final application deadline)

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 forfeited.

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 either purchasing one of our Family Programs or by purchasing individual tickets to the performance. This is a wonderful experience to share with family and friends.

Information on Family Program 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 Sydney Opera House performance, all hotels, activities, touring, and events are available only as a part of the Family Program and cannot be purchased individually.

 

How do you ensure performer safety?
 
The safety and security of our student 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 Sydney hotel
  • All rehearsal costs, including equipment and sheet music
  • All production cost and services for the Sydney Opera House 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 Sydney
  • 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 tuition?

 

The Honors Performance Series provides a hassle-free experience, so selected student performers can focus on their main reason for being in Sydney—performing at their very best at Sydney Opera House. The Series tentatively includes:

  • All rehearsal costs, including equipment and sheet music
  • All production cost and services for the Sydney Opera House 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 is the participant's responsibility)
  • 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 Sydney
  • Five nights lodging in a highly rated, centrally located hotel with on-site staff
  • Staff available 24 hours to handle any unexpected circumstances
  • 24-hour access to Doctors on Call, our U.S.-based medical support through The George Washington University Hospital, during the program
  • Extensive traveler insurance while on the program

Transportation to and from Sydney and meals are not included in the program; additional information about the option to participate in a group flight will be distributed to Finalists after acceptance. A set payment plan and need-based scholarships are available.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are in the process of evaluating certain program elements for 2022 to ensure they meet the most current public health standards and guidance. The health and safety of our participants is always our top priority. If anything changes from what is listed on the website, we will inform enrolled students via email as soon as possible. Click here to learn more about our health and safety efforts.

 

Is transportation included in the program?

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

Are meals included?


No, selected Finalists are responsible for purchasing their own 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 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. 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?

In general, roommate selection is randomly assigned by ensemble and gender. Meeting new people and making new friends is a key element of the Honors Performance Series, and roommates enhance the entire experience.

Selected Finalist from the same ensemble are given the opportunity to request to room together following acceptances. While these arrangements cannot be guaranteed ahead of the program, we do our best to accommodate all requests.

If a Finalist is traveling with a loved one who has purchased the 6-Day Family Program, they may request to room together.

Certain occupancy arrangements require a room surcharge. Please contact us if you would like more information about specific occupancy requests.

 

Is there a code of conduct for Finalists?


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.

Do you offer travel insurance?


Yes, the Tuition & 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.

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.

Clint
Finalist

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