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Selection Process

College-aged and young adult instrumentalists 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 professional familiar with their accomplishments. Given that not all music professionals are aware of the opportunity to nominate, musicians may also self-nominate and apply. Applicants who wish to self-nominate must, therefore, include a recommendation from a music professional as part of their application submission.

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Application Requirements

The 2022 Young Adult Honors Performance Series will feature rising young instrumentalists between 18 and 25 years old from all over the world. Eligible applicants will have graduated high school or will have completed their school-leaving examinations between 2015 and 2021. Applicants must submit a completed application, which includes:

  1. A nomination or recommendation from a music professional (see above),
  2. An application form and deposit,
  3. A performer biography,
  4. And a three- to five-minute audition recording.

Instruments and Voice Parts

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.

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 2021 regarding their application status for the 2022 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 2022.
  • Should any Finalist cancel their participation, a First Runner-up will be offered the opportunity to fill the empty seat.
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