Carnegie Hall's Count Me In is a free choral program for middle school students without choral training in their school. Students from 3-4 schools in a given neighborhood come to sessions at a central location where study singing with some of the best teachers in New York City. Fall sessions are for 8th grade students who plan to audition for performing arts high schools. Spring sessions are for 6-8th grade students who want to learn how to sing in a choir.
Count Me In will work with recommended students from two to four middle schools in a chosen geographical area that do not have an existing choral program. Eighth grade students participating in the Fall program should be planning to audition for performing arts high schools and have the support of their parents.
Workshops will be led by a high-energy, engaging choral professional who can demand excellence in an inspiring manner and who is familiar with the developmental needs of middle school-aged students.
Workshops will take place at a centrally located school within the community. Transportation assistance will be provided.
Count Me In is free. Carnegie Hall will cover the costs of music and assist with transportation for students.
Fall workshops will take place twice a week after-school over an intensive five-week period in September and through October. Spring workshops will take place twice a week after-school over a two-month period. For specific dates and times, please see the registration form for your borough.
Count Me In is designed to serve middle schools that do not have an existing choral program. For the 2014–2015 school year, we will be offering this program in Throgs Neck in the Bronx, Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, Harlem in Manhattan, and Astoria in Queens. If you are interested in participating, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your school name and district.
In each of its first two years, Count Me In helped to connect 87% of auditioning students to arts focused high schools. We have had students accepted at Brooklyn High School of the Arts, Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Fordham High School for the Arts, Forest Hills High School, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Professional Performing Arts High School, the Special Music School and more.