New York International Music Festival

Carnegie Hall

April 5 – 9, 2025

Thank you for considering the New York International Music Festival as your music performance tour. Due to its success in previous years, we will continue to invite all performing ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs) to participate, allowing entire music departments the opportunity to share the excitement of performing in a world-class venue together.

It is our mission to present young musicians with an experience that offers the opportunity for musical growth while creating lasting memories. To enhance this experience, the performance venue chosen for the festival is the prestigious Carnegie Hall. Admission into the festival is based on audition only and is limited to six high school adjudicated groups and two showcase university ensembles. However, we encourage groups of varying abilities to apply as music education through live performance can be very beneficial to students at every stage of development.

ENSEMBLES: High School, college and community bands, choirs and orchestras.

DURATION: 5 days

ACCEPTANCE: In order to ensure a quality experience, the festival is limited to a maximum of 4 adjudicated ensembles and one university/community showcase ensemble. Groups that are denied entry based on available festival capacity will be given first priority in the following year.

VENUES: Carnegie Hall, Outdoor venue such as the Central Park Bandshell or Castle Clinton at Battery Park

FACULTY: Dr. Lawrence Sutherland is the Festival Artistic Director.
Past instrumental faculty has included Dr. Lawrence Sutherland Professor Emeritus from California State University, Fresno; Mr. Brian Worsdale, Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras; Felix Hauswirth, Youth Wind Ensemble of Baden Württemberg, Switzerland; and Dr. Glenn Price of the California Institute of Technology. Choral faculty of past World Projects events has included Dr. Geoffrey Boers from the University of Washington; Heather Buchanan, Montclair State University; and Dr. James Jordan from Westminster Choir College at Rider University.

AWARDS: Based on the performance level as perceived by the adjudication panel, each adjudicated group will receive a Gold, Silver, or Bronze award. There is no limit to the number of Gold, Silver, or Bronze awards.


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