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Selection Process

College-aged and young adult singers are invited to apply for selection into the Young Adult Series at Sydney Opera House. Applications are adjudicated by the expert music professionals from the Honors Selection Board.

Selection of Finalists

Selected Finalists receive the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with and learn from a renowned conductor as they prepare for and perform at a truly world-class venue, the Concert Hall at Sydney Opera House. In a special performance, students perform for Sydney concert-goers, educators, and family.

In most cases, qualified musicians are invited to apply after having been nominated by a music teacher familiar with their accomplishments. Given that not all music professionals are aware of the opportunity to nominate, performers who haven't received a teacher nomination may still apply and are required to submit the contact information for a teacher reference as part of the application process.

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Application Requirements

The 2023 Young Adult Honors Performance Series will feature rising young singers between 18 and 25 years old. Eligible applicants will have graduated high school or will have completed their school-leaving examinations between 2016 and 2022. Applicants must submit a completed application, which includes:

  1. Online application form and deposit
  2. Teacher reference
  3. A performer biography
  4. A three- to five-minute audition recording


Musicians who submit their application form and deposit before July 6, 2022, will receive $50 off the program tuition!

Instruments and Voice Parts

The 2023 Young Adult Honors Performance Series at Sydney Opera House will feature a distinguished mixed choir. Past Honors Choirs have featured sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. All parts are encouraged to apply.

Instrumentalists are encouraged to apply for the Young Adult Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall.

Evaluation Process and Selection of Finalists

All completed applications received will be reviewed by our expert Board of professional musicians to select the Finalists for the Honors Ensembles.

  • All applicants will be notified by email by the end of October 2022 regarding their application status for the 2023 Young Adult Honors Performance Series. Following review by our Selection Board, applicants are placed into one of three categories: Finalist (selected to perform), First Runner-up (waitlisted), or Deferred (not accepted and not waitlisted).
  • Selected Finalists should expect to receive the selected music for preparation by the end of May 2023.
  • Should any Finalist cancel their participation, a First Runner-up will be offered the opportunity to fill the empty seat.
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