All Strings Ensemble at Carnegie Gala June 28-July 2, 2024
December 2, 2023 at 4:59:00 AM
Come to New York for three days to immerse yourself in music-making, together with an international group of musicians, under the tutelage of Kelly Hall-Tompkins, USA.
Rehearse masterpieces by the greatest composers and perform a program on the world-renowned stage of the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Receive an archival, professional-quality video of your performance at Carnegie Hall.
Participate in an interview for media.
Tour the most well-known conservatories in the world.
Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow musicians from around the world, taking home lasting memories and friendships.
December 1, 2023 - Deadline to apply with a video of your choosing
January, 2024 - LIVE Audition (for those who are invited based on their video submission)
Broadcast on video and social platforms. Meet the Director. Streaming technology seminar in preparation for your Audition
June 28 - July 2, 2024 - rehearsals and concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City
Who can apply? There is no age restrictions. Check the repertory which this Laureate Ensemble will perform at the Carnegie Hall and make sure you are up for the challenge!
In addition to a once-in-a-life-time experience, all participants receive:
- Carnegie Hall Archival DIGITAL VIDEO of their performance (see Regulations for acceptable uses as per by Carnegie Hall rules)
Full color Concert Program brochure (digital and printed) with their short bio and picture
Complimentary Performer's ticket
Group Interview for media, broadcast on social and video platforms
Letters of recommendation and other support is provided upon request for applying for grants, colleges,
other programs, competitions, auditions
Tuition cost: $870 (travel and accommodations not included)
Inquire about affordable dorm-style accommodations in Manhattan, NY
If you require a US visa - we provide visa support and can send you confirmation documents for the US Consulate
- Submit an Application form by the DEADLINE December 1, 2023
Upload video of any piece (with or without accompaniment). YouTube link or Google Drive link
Application fee $60
Selected musicians will be invited to audition live on a public Internet broadcast* and will receive a tech session with VCHS Broadcast Engineers.
You must prepare the excerpts for the Live Audition (download below)
You will meet the Director of the Laureate Ensemble during your Live Audition.
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
Live Audition Fee $100 includes the tech preparation session with A/V and Broadcast engineers
You will be notified about your acceptance into the Laureate Ensemble at Carnegie Gala program
June 28 - Arrival, check-in, orientation
June 29 - Rehearsals and workshops 10:00-1:00; Lunch; Rehearsals and workshops 2:00-5:00
June 30 - Rehearsals and workshops, tour Juilliard School or Manhattan School of Music, or Mannes, or NYU
July 1 - Sound check at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall at 2:30pm. Concert at 7:00pm
July 2 - Depart
Program to be presented at Carnegie Hall
Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-George - Overture L'amant anonyme
Dvorak - String Serenade
Jesse Montgomery - Starburst
You will need to prepare these Excerpts
for the LIVE Audition Round
Watch below the pieces which Directors chose for the
Laureate Ensembles at Carnegie Program
Meet the Director
Winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize and featured in the Smithsonian Museum for African-American History, Ms. Hall-Tompkins is a violin soloist entrepreneur who has been acclaimed by the New York Times as “the versatile violinist who makes the music come alive,” for her “tonal mastery” (BBC Music Magazine) and as New York Times “New Yorker of the Year.” She has appeared as co-soloist in Carnegie Hall with Glenn Dicterow and conductor Leonard Slatkin, in London at Queen Elizabeth Hall, at Lincoln Center and with the Symphonies of Baltimore, Dallas, Jacksonville, Oakland, recitals in Paris, New York, Toronto, Washington, Chicago, and festivals of Tanglewood, Ravinia, Santa Fe, France, Germany and Italy. She was “Fiddler”/Violin Soloist of the Grammy/Tony-nominated Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof. Inspired by her experience, she commissioned and developed the first ever Fiddler solo disc of all new arrangements, “The Fiddler Expanding Tradition,” which is featured in the upcoming new documentary “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” on the 55-year history of the musical. Actively performing virtually throughout the pandemic, numerous projects include premiering 4 pieces written for her, creating and/or been invited to participate in unique collaborations including with Tony-nominated actor Daniel Watts, aerial dancer Alexandra Peter, Frisson Films, Gil Shaham’s Gilharmonic, Routledge press as contributing author for a new book on Music and Human Rights and with WQXR as part of the inaugural Artist Propulsion Lab. As founder of Music Kitchen-Food for the Soul, Kelly Hall-Tompkins is a pioneer of social justice in classical music, bringing top artists in over 100 concerts in homeless shelters coast to coast from New York to Los Angeles, and in internationally in Paris, France. Music Kitchen commissioned and will present the World Premiere of the Forgotten Voices Song Cycle in Association with Carnegie Hall.
Application Fee - $60
Live Audition Fee - $100
Tuition - $870