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Cello Choir at Carnegie Gala April 1-5, 2024

Application Deadline
December 2, 2023 at 4:59:00 AM
Cello Choir at Carnegie Gala April 1-5, 2024

Come to New York for three days to immerse yourself in music-making, together with an international group of musicians, under the tutelage of JohnKaboff, 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
April 1-5, 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)
    Medals, Certificates
    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
    Concert Photos
    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

Application Process

    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

Typical Schedule

April 1 - Arrival, check-in, orientation
April 2 - Rehearsals and workshops 10:00-1:00; Lunch; Rehearsals and workshops 2:00-5:00
April 3 - Rehearsals and workshops, tour Juilliard School or Manhattan School of Music, or Mannes, or NYU
April 4 - Sound check at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall at 2:30pm. Concert at 7:00pm
April 5 - Depart

Program to be presented at Carnegie Hall

Bachiana Brasileira No. 1 for 8 Violoncellos (1932) Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
II. Prelúdio (Modinha) — Andante

Mambo for 6 Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann (1940-2010)

Bohemian Rhapsody, Freddie Mercury
arr. for 6 cellos by Justin Boyer, dedicated to Amit Peled and his Peabody cello gang (1946-1991)

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

John Kaboff, B.M., M.M. is an American cellist, educator, clinician, director of ensembles.
Mr. Kaboff was selected by the World Cello Congress III to produce a cello choir concert for young children in collaboration with Yo Yo Ma.
Mr. Kaboff was selected by the 6th American Cello Congress to deliver a lecture on building a cello choir to encompass multi level players and parts and integrate their levels effectively.
He is a repeat presenter at the Tennessee Cello Workshop where his students, known as the "Bow Lightlys" perform a full cello ensemble concert during the 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 seasons. He is re-engaged for 2024.

Mr. Kaboff studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University as well as Jacqueline DuPre’s teacher, William Pleeth, at the Holland Music Sessions in the Netherlands and at the Britten-Peers Summer School in England. In addition to serving as Mr. Pleeth’s teaching assistant, he studied at the International Academy of Chamber Music (now known as the Kronberg Academy), in Kronberg, Germany, with Arto Noras.

Mr. Kaboff is a frequent judge at local and regional competitions. He has also adjudicated the preliminary competition rounds at the 2000 Third World Cello Congress’s Master Class Competition, 2006 and 2012 Washington International Competition. He has assumed the role as chairman of the Washington International Competition for Strings (2022).

As a frequent guest lecturer, he has conducted master classes and performed at the Flinders Street Conservatorium in Adelaide, Australia, Purcell School of Music in London, England, Indiana University Summer String Program, Michigan State University, Longy School of Music in Boston, The Music Academy of North Carolina and the Universities of Texas (Rio Grande Valley), Tennessee and Rhode Island. He was in artist in residence in 2011and 2019 at Appalachian State University and was a featured artist at the 2010 Tennessee Cello Workshop.


Application Fee - $60
Live Audition Fee - $100
Tuition - $870

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