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Laureate Gala Auditions
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Application Deadline October 1, 2024

Auditioning for 2024-25 concert season at Carnegie Hall

Gala Concert Dates in 2024-25 Season

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Visit Carnegie Hall website for Concert Dates:

November 24, 2024, at 1:00pm

November 26, 2024, at 7:00pm

February 17, 2025, at 7:00pm

February 20, 2025, at 7:00pm

April 30, 2025, at 7:00pm

June 28, 2025, at 1:00pm

June 30, 2025, at 7:00pm

To apply to perform solo and ensemble pieces click here

Call for scores click here

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Apply with a video

Selected musicians are invited to the


Concertos and Arias with Orchestra 

Opera Scenes with Orchestra

Gala concerts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall are video recorded

Winners receive

  • 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.

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General Infrmtion
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  • May 10, 2024 Completed Application, preliminary video, and fee are DUE*

  • May 17-21 and June 14-17, 2024 - Live virtual Auditions via Internet TV Broadcast 

*See FEES section for applicable Audition fees

Dates and Deadlines
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Live Virtual Auditions

May 17-21 and June 14-17, 2024

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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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 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*

  • See the list of Opera Scenes 

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

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Age Groups and Categories

SOLOIST (Instrumental or Vocal)

Double/Triple Concertos, Operatic ensembles


10 and under

11-14 years old

15-18 years old

19 and older

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

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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

  • $75 per soloist

Live Audition fee (if selected based on video submission)

  • $200-$250

Fee includes a group Technology preparation session 

Performance/production costs (if selected to perform at the Gala) depend on the type of presentation and the length of performance segment.

Inquire before applying!

Send inquiries regarding current season's performance costs to

Previous Gala videos
Announcing Winners of Auditions for Gala at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Announcing Winners of Auditions for Gala at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Announcing Winners of Auditions for Gala at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall held live on our previous Broadcasts on April 29 - May 2, 2023 Musicians were auditioning for an opportunity to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, in Gala concerts in New York City. The Gala Auditions are organized by Sound Espressivo, Progressive Musicians, and Virtual Concert Halls. Auditionees from many countries are seeking guidance and support from the Judges, through live comments which you will hear after each performance The Sound Espressivo Global Competition is an online, live-streamed competition. It combines a competition and live performance experience. Progressive Musicians is an organizer of many competitions and concerts at prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall. Virtual Concert Halls is an Internet TV broadcaster providing artists with a virtual stage and ability to reach audiences beyond the walls of conventional concert halls. The goal of these Auditions is to encourage, nurture, and reward musicians who are proactive about sharing their art and developing their careers. Sound Espressivo and Progressive Musicians together are providing opportunities for musicians to discover their unique artistic voice, take initiative, present themselves on their own terms, and carve out their own career paths. Thank you Judges! Gr 1 - Avguste Antonov. Masterclasses in Italy. Talent Summer Courses Gr 2 - Emil Chudnovsky Gr 3 - Vera Danchenko Gr 4 - Giacomo Franci Gr 5 - Giacomo Franci Gr 6a - Avguste Antonov Gr 6b - Avguste Antonov Gr 7 - Giacomo Franci Gr 8 - Giacomo Franci Gr 9 - Giacomo Franci Gr 10 - Avguste Antonov and Vera Danchenko Gr 11 - Gevorg Sargsyan and Emil Chudnovsky ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ These public broadcasts are brought to you by Virtual Concert Halls: Anna Ouspenskaya, Igor Zubkovsky, Frane, Rusinovich, James Welch, Fedor Ouspensky, Ante Bozc-Kudric, Chris Au. These programs are offered to public free of charge.
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