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HONORS PERFORMANCE SERIES

Rolling Admissions

We are pleased to invite you to apply for the Honors Performance Series. The honor of participation in the Honors Ensembles is offered to talented young performers identified throughout the world. To be considered, you must meet the eligibility requirements outlined on our website and submit a completed application.

Program Details

Please select the program(s) for which you wish to apply at www.honorsperformance.org/our-programs to review specific program details (program inclusions, dates, pricing, and payment plans are all available online for your review).

If applicable, you may choose to apply for multiple programs (i.e. depending on the time of  year, a high schooler might apply for Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein, or both). Should you apply and are accepted to more than one program, you have been chosen to fill a role in each event and the Series will be expecting your participation in both.

Applications submitted are reviewed on a rolling basis in the order they are received. Any spaces that become available in our upcoming programs will be granted to qualified applicants on a space-available basis, so we recommend performers submit the Rolling Application as soon as possible to maximize their chances of acceptance.

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Rolling Application Requirements

To be considered for Rolling Admissions for the Series, you will need to complete the application form (linked at the bottom of this page) at one time. The following information/materials will be required as part of this process:

  1. Application Information
  2. Performing Biography
  3. Audition Recording
  4. Application Deposit and Acknowledgement of Program Terms

All required components must be submitted online at the same time for an application to be considered by our Selection Board. Please review all application requirements below prior to starting your application.

Part 1: Application Information

Please provide us with some information about yourself and the program(s)/part(s) for which you wish to apply. 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 a nomination on-file.

Part 2: Performing Biography

Provide more information about yourself and your musical background by completing the brief Performing Biography form. Please be prepared to outline the following information:

  • Voice parts you sing/Instruments you play
  • Do you take private lessons?
  • Honors, awards, and recognitions that you have received
  • SELECTIVE performance groups in which you've taken part
  • Significant solo or ensemble pieces you have learned

You will also be given the opportunity to provide additional information that you feel is important for our Selection Board to know.

Part 3: Audition Recording

Each applicant must submit an audition recording by uploading a digital file with their application. Please review the below audition recording requirements in their entirety before recording your submission.

Recordings must meet the following criteria:

  • Recordings may consist of one or multiple pieces and should total between 3 and 5 minutes for each instrument/voice part for which you are auditioning (except percussionists – see below). Recordings will not be disqualified if they are slightly over or under this guideline.
  • Begin each piece with a verbal introduction of yourself, the instrument/voice part for which you are auditioning, and the piece that you will be playing, for example: “My name is John Smith, and the following is the suggested audition etude for snare drum.”
  • Recordings should be audio-only (no videos, please) and submitted in MP3 or M4A format only. Please note: While we do our best to notify students if we encounter a problem with your audition recording, we cannot guarantee that the Selection Board will be able to review your submission if it is not submitted in the required format.
  • Include your first and last name and instrument/voice part for which you are auditioning in the file name.
  • Recordings may not be engineered or enhanced in any manner.
  • You may audition on more than one instrument and you may audition as both an instrumentalist and a vocalist. In both cases, you only need to submit one application form, deposit, Director Nomination, and Performing Biography. You should submit a unique recording for each instrument/voice part on which you wish to apply.

Vocalists:

  • You may audition for one voice part only. If you are able to sing additional parts, please indicate them on the Performer Biography section of the application.
  • All applicants are encouraged to prepare a classical piece or pieces that you feel best demonstrate(s) your abilities.
  • Your recording must be a solo performance, though piano accompaniment is encouraged.

Instrumentalists:

  • All applicants are encouraged to prepare a technical piece or pieces that you feel best demonstrate(s) your musical abilities. Classical pieces are preferred but not required.
  • All performances must be solo, without accompaniment.
  • Percussionists should include three solos: one snare, one timpani, and one marimba. Please clearly identify each piece and instrument in your recording(s). Your total recording time for all audition recordings should be approximately 3-5 minutes. Please label your recordings clearly as to which instrument is featured in each.

Part 4: Terms Acknowledgement and Credit Card Information

The applicant and a parent/guardian (if the applicant is under 18) are asked to review and acknowledge both the Honors Performance Series Participant Release and Binding Arbitration Agreement and the Program Terms and Conditions specific for all programs for which you are planning on applying. The Program Terms and Conditions are linked below for your review:

As part of the Rolling Admissions process, applicants are required to authorize the Honors Performance Series to charge a non-refundable initial program payment to their credit card. The amount of this payment is dependent upon the program(s) for which you have chosen to apply and the date you are accepted. Initial program payments for each program are outlined below:

  • Musikverein program (High School):
    • Accepted before November 29, 2019: $295 US due
    • Accepted between November 29, 2019, and December 26, 2019: $695 USD due
    • Accepted between December 27, 2019, and January 30, 2020: $1095 USD due
    • Accepted between January 31, 2020, and February 27, 2020: $1,495 USD due
    • Accepted between February 28, 2020, and March 26, 2020: $1,895 USD due
    • Accepted between March 27, 2020, and April 23, 2020: $2,295 USD due
    • Accepted April 24, 2020, or later: Full program cost due (if accepted during this timeframe, we will contact you to reconfirm your availability prior to charging your credit card)
  • Musikverein program (Young Adult):
    • Accepted before November 29, 2019: $295 US due
    • Accepted between November 29, 2019, and December 26, 2019: $595 USD due
    • Accepted between December 27, 2019, and January 30, 2020: $895 USD due
    • Accepted between January 31, 2020, and February 27, 2020: $1,195 USD due
    • Accepted between February 28, 2020, and March 26, 2020: $1,495 USD due
    • Accepted between March 27, 2020, and April 23, 2020: $1,795 USD due
    • Accepted April 24, 2020, or later: Full program cost due (if accepted during this timeframe, we will contact you to reconfirm your availability prior to charging your credit card)
  • Carnegie Hall program (Middle School):
    • Accepted before March 11, 2020: $295 US due
    • Accepted between March 11, 2020, and March 26, 2020: $795 USD due
    • Accepted between March 27, 2020, and April 23, 2020: $1,295 USD due
    • Accepted between April 24, 2020, and May 21, 2020: $1,795 USD due
    • Accepted May 22, 2020, or later: Full program cost due (if accepted during this timeframe, we will contact you to reconfirm your availability prior to charging your credit card)
  • Royal Festival Hall program (Middle School):
    • Accepted before March 11, 2020: $295 US due
    • Accepted between March 12, 2020, and March 28, 2020: $795 USD due
    • Accepted between March 29, 2020, and April 25, 2020: $1,295 USD due
    • Accepted between April 26, 2020, and May 30, 2020: $1,795 USD due
    • Accepted between May 31, 2020, and June 27, 2020: $2,295 USD due
    • Accepted June 28, 2020, or later: Full program cost due (if accepted during this timeframe, we will contact you to reconfirm your availability prior to charging your credit card)

Please note these additional guidelines regarding your election to apply for Rolling Admissions:

  • If you choose to apply for Rolling Admissions, you are agreeing to the cancellation terms outlined in the program Terms and Conditions referenced above.
  • Your credit card will NOT be charged unless you are chosen as a (Junior) Finalist; at this time, your card will be automatically charged the non-refundable initial program payment. If you are accepted onto the waitlist, your card will be charged if and when space becomes available for you. If you are accepted within 1 month of the program, we will contact you to reconfirm your availability prior to charging the non-refundable payment.
  • If you have elected to apply for both programs, and are accepted to both, your credit card will be charged the non-refundable initial program payment for BOTH programs and your participation is expected at both programs.
  • After you are accepted and your initial program payment has been taken, you are expected to follow the standard payment plan as outlined on the overview page of the program (see www.honorsperformance.org/our-programs and select the program(s) for which you are applying). Please contact us if you have concerns regarding this schedule so we can work with you to determine an alternate schedule.

Evaluation Process and Selection of (Junior) Finalists

Once you submit your application:

  • Your materials will be sent off to our Selection Board for review.
  • You will be notified of your acceptance status within 7-10 business days. Your credit card will be charged the non-refundable first program payment as soon as your acceptance is confirmed (if you are waitlisted and space later becomes available for you, your card will be charged accordingly).
  • Accepted (Junior) Finalists will be provided with a link to the (Junior) Finalist Update Webpage, which will include important updates and deadlines related to your participation.
The Honors Performance Series accomplished what I had intended for my students. They came away realizing that they could perform at the next level. They are all intending on music for a career, and they will be successful at the next level because of their passion and commitment to music. I could not be more pleased.

Marvin
Nominator

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