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Laureate Gala Auditions
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall


Applications are now OPEN for Spring '24
DEADLINE to apply - March 1, 2024

Scroll down for details for SOLOISTS

To perform a Concerto with NYCPO Orchestra click here

Composers click here

For more performance opportunities click here

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Laureate Gala

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
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

Apply with a video

Selected musicians are invited to the


Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2023 AT 11:59PM EST (23:59) 


Selected musicians 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

  • An Interview 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 performers and their teachers will receive a certificate of merit.

General Infrmtion
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March 1, 2024, at 11:59PM EST (23:59) - completed Application, preliminary video,

and fee are DUE

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
Dates and Deadlines
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Live Virtual Auditions

March 22-24, 2024

Selected musicians will be invited to audition live on a public Internet broadcast* and will receive a Tech Preparation 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, Jazz, Art Songs, Opera/Oratorio, “Crossover”, Golden Age Musical Theatre.

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

  • Individual movements taken from larger works are acceptable 

  • Simplified arrangements and incomplete movements are not accepted 

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Age Groups and Categories

SOLOIST (Instrumental and Vocal)




7 years old or younger

8-10 years old

11-14 years old

15-18 years old



Amateur Adult (19 and up)

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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, or per Chamber Ensemble

  • $400 per Large Ensemble (9-18 members)

Live Audition fee (if selected based on video submission). 

Live audition is not required for Large Ensembles. 

Fee includes a group Technology preparation session 

  • Solo - $100

  • Duo/Trio - $150

  • Small Ensemble (4-8 members) $40 per member

Live Audition requirement is waived for Large Ensembles

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

Previous Gala videos