The school and community programs of The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall play a central role in the Honor! festival. As part of its goal to make music accessible to audiences of all ages, The Weill Music Institute explores African American musical traditions with middle school and high school students across the US, and engages New York City communities with free live music by African American performers.
The 2008–2009 season of Perelman American Roots for middle school social studies and choral classes explores the history of African American Song. Through classroom lessons, Teaching Artist visits, and concerts, students uncover the historical and cultural context of Spirituals and Anthems of Freedom, culminating in a concert by the famous Fisk Jubilee Singers in Zankel Hall.
The Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival draws choirs from across the country for this prestigious yearlong educational program. The 2008–2009 festival integrates with Honor!, presenting a performance in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage of Michael Tippett’s spiritual-inspired A Child of Our Time, sung by four choirs under the baton of Dr. Craig Jessop and accompanied by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series serves up an abundance of free concerts as part of Honor! artists including the Imani Winds, Esperanza Spalding, and the Harlem Quartet perform in six venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn, with one of the highlights being the Community Sing with Gospel for Teens at the iconic Apollo Theater.