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Laureate Gala Auditions
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Audition to perform CONCERTO or ARIA with
New York Chamber Players Orchestra

Giacomo Franci, conductor
Applications Deadline EXTENDED!
Apply by October 15, 2023

To apply to perform solo and ensemble pieces click here

Call for scores click here

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Laureate Gala

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall November 21, 2023

April 4, 2024

Apply with a video

Selected musicians are invited to the


Concertos and Arias with Orchestra 
Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2023 at 11:59PM EST (23:59)


Winners receive

  •  A Carnegie Hall Archival DIGITAL VIDEO of  performance (see Regulations for acceptable uses as per by Carnegie Hall rules)

  • Medals; Certificates

  • Full color brochure (digital and printed)

  • Complimentary tickets

  • Winners will be interviewed by Steve Robinson, a world renowned producer of classical music radio shows

  • Photos

  • Letters of recommendation and other support

      (provided upon request for applying for grants, colleges,

      other programs and competitions)

  • Professional Portfolio packets available upon request 


All Finalists and their teachers will receive a certificate of merit.

General Infrmtion
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October 1, 2023 AT 11:59PM EST (23:59) Completed Application, preliminary video, and fee are DUE*

October 27-30, 2023 - Live online Auditions

*See FEES section for applicable Audition fees

Dates and Deadlines
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Live Virtual Auditions

October 27-30, 2023

Selected musicians will be invited to audition live on a public Internet broadcast* and will receive a tech session with VCHS Broadcast Engineers

Live auditions are judged in real time.

Judges provide participants with immediate on-air feedback.

During the live audition participants will be able to speak with Judges.

• The judges’ decisions are final and may not be contested.

• To participate in the live online auditions, each musician must prepare required technical setup

*See FEES section for applicable Audition fees

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Live Auditions
Steve Robinson, Host
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Gala Laureates


New York City

Steve Robinson is an American radio manager, producer and executive producer. He has held senior management positions with numerous American radio stations, including WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network/Chicago, WBUR/Boston, WGBH/Boston, WCRB/Boston, KPFA/Berkeley, WBGO/Newark, Vermont Public Radio and Nebraska Public Radio Robinson served as general manager of the statewide Nebraska Public Radio Network (1990-2000) and WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network from 2000 until October 2016.

A 50-year radio veteran, he has produced programs ranging from classical music documentaries to public affairs programs and has directed over 100 on-air pledge drives.

In 1984, he co-founded AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, a service organization to assist independent radio producers in the United States.

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"It is very important to have the audience participate in this competition! It engages the listener and encourages our  wonderfully talented contestants.

I am delighted to co-found the James Adler Audience Favorite Award  for the Sound Espressivo Global Music Competition. Sit back, listen, enjoy -- and please vote!"

~James Adler, Pianist and Composer

Photo: Frank Gimpaya

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JAAF Award
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Standard instrumental and vocal repertoire of all periods, including contemporary, Opera/Oratorio, “Crossover."

Refer to the Sample List of Concertos and Arias. If your Concerto/Aria is not listed, please write to us to get it approved by New York Chamber Players Orchestra

  • Memorization is not required but is strongly encouraged for all soloists.

  • One movement of a Concerto, a complete Aria, a one-movement composition, an instrumental showpiece are accepted

  • Contemporary compositions in non-traditional forms are accepted*

  • Reduced-score versions of orchestration accepted*

*For works not readily available in public domain candidates must provide full score and orchestral parts

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Age Groups and Categories


5-7 years old

8-10 years old

11-14 years old

15-18 years old


Amateur Adult (19 and up)


Age Groups snd Categories
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iClassical Academy


iClassical Academy provides Recognition Awards

to Winners and Participants of Carnegie Gala Auditions

We believe that anyone, at any time, should have access to the wonderfully beautiful world of music

Our mission is to provide new generations of musicians, from any part of the world, the possibility to improve their skills and enjoy a wide audience

iClassical Academy is based in Switzerland

iClassical Awards
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Judges provide immediate on-air feedback to participants during the Live Audition stage.

To learn more about the Judges, and to see their bios click here

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Application fee

  • $50 per soloist

Live Audition fee (if selected based on video submission)

  • $200 

Fee includes a group Technology preparation session 

Performance fee (if selected to perform at the Gala):

  • One movement of a Concerto up to 5 min - $1,200. Additional length requires additional per/min fee.

        Lengthy tutti's may be cut

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