Honors Performance Series assembles some of the world’s rising young musicians to perform under the baton of master conductors at several of the world’s most celebrated concert halls: Carnegie Hall in New York City, USA; Sydney Opera House, Australia; Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre in London, England; and the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria.
Music educators are invited to become a part of the 2020 Honors Performance Series by applying to be a Series Chaperone. This is an amazing opportunity for educators to work with some of the best musicians selected from an international pool of applicants, learn from world-class conductors, experience the host city, and become an integral part of an unforgettable performance.
Chaperones serve a critical role, ensuring the safety and security of all students while participating in the Series. Chaperones act as Series representatives and work to ensure the well-being of Finalists, while also having a great time!
New York, NY (Middle School): The Series will take place Thursday, June 25 – Monday, June 29, 2020.
Vienna, Austria (High School): The Series will take place Friday, June 26 – Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
London, England (Middle School): The Series will take place Tuesday, July 28 – Saturday, August 1, 2020.
Chaperones should have a strong music background, experience working with students, and a desire to help make this an unforgettable experience for the Finalists. Family members, boosters, and other non-music personnel are not eligible for this position. While all music directors are encouraged to apply, preference is given to those who have successfully participated as Series Chaperones in the past, who have Finalists participating in the Series, or who have a demonstrated record of traveling with student performers.
The primary responsibility of each Series Chaperone is to lead and have oversight for (supervise) approximately 15 assigned Finalists participating in the program. Additional responsibilities include:
• Obtain the required travel documents
• Attend the training conference call
• Successful completion of fingerprint screening
• Complete the “Chaperone Profile” to be shared with your assigned students
• Contact each participant to introduce yourself and review program expectations
• Attend the Honors Performance Series Chaperone Meeting on Day 1
• Work closely with program staff and other Chaperones to ensure a smooth program
• Assist with greeting students and families on arrival day
• Supervise students and enforce rules of behavior
• Escort students to meals and supervise them closely during meal time
• Attend Finalist activities and touring, including the assigned rehearsals
• Oversee Chaperone group as students participate in activities
• Serve as the point of contact for Finalists
• Accountability for your students at all times
• Inform students of proper behavior and stress consideration for the hotel and venues
• Meet Night Chaperones at the hotel in the evening and be available for any issues that arise
• Distribute event tickets
• Assist with last day departures from the hotel
• Have fun and share this amazing experience!
• Applications must be received by March 27, 2020.
o Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
• Applicants will be notified of their status in late April.
o Notifications will be sent by email.
o Chaperones will receive onboarding and fingerprinting instructions upon acceptance.
We depend on Chaperones to fulfill an essential component of the program. Once Chaperones are selected, the Series expects full participation in the program and completion of their individual roles to the best of their abilities.