YOUNG ADULT | SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
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 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.
Our 2019 Honors Conductor will be announced in Fall 2018. Past Conductors for the Young Adult Honors Performance at Carnegie Hall have included Jeffery Redding and Eph Ehly.
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.
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 6-day program are planned to include (tentative and subject to change):
- Perform as part of the Honors Choir or Honors String Orchestra in the Honors Performance at Sydney Opera House under the direction of renowned conductors.
- Work with master conductors and build your performing resume.
- Rehearse and interact with other Finalists from across the world.
- Celebrate your accomplishments on a Finalist Celebration Cruise on Sydney Harbour.
- Experience 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.
The 2019 Young Adult Series will take place July 31-August 5, 2019, with the Honors Performance at Sydney Opera House on Sunday, August 4.
The 2019 Young Adult Honors Performance Series is planned to feature a mixed, SATB choir. Prior to selecting applicants for the 2019 ensemble, balance requirements will be finalized based on the repertoire selected by the conductor and the applications received. At this time, based on these requirements and feedback from our Selection Board, selected applicants may be assigned to a different voice part than indicated on their application.
Instrumentalists are encouraged to apply for the 2019 Young Adult Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.
The Honors Performance Series is coordinated by WorldStrides OnStage (formerly WorldStrides Heritage Performance). For more than three decades, WorldStrides has strived to promote excellence among choirs, bands, and orchestras by providing outstanding educational and performance opportunities for accomplished student performers across the world. They are proud to support the Honors Performance Series as yet another unique educational and performance opportunity for talented instrumentalists and singers.
Each applicant must submit a 3-5 minute mp3 or m4a audition recording. Recordings must meet the criteria outlined on the application (please visit the application page for additional information).
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. 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 $30-50 USD per day on meals.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, the 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.
Please make checks payable to the Honors Performance Series. For faster processing, checks should be mailed to the Honors Performance Series at P.O. Box 6276, Charlottesville, VA 22906-6275. Once received, checks sent to our New York address may take an additional 1-2 weeks to process.
Requesting donations is easy with our Gift of Performance e-cards. Those closest to you will enjoy their special e-greeting and the opportunity to be a part of your unforgettable experience! Click here to send e-cards to all of your family and friends! Many Finalists have accumulated donations in excess of $1,500 through this fundraiser alone!
The Honors Performance Series is proudly presented and operated by WorldStrides.