Kids on Stage
Kids on Stage
Kids on Stage is a FREE comprehensive program that provides middle school students access to the professional performance process (both on stage and on screen) from the first audition to the final note.
Rehearsals are led by Brian Worsdale (Director, Kids on Stage), with the experience culminating onstage at Carnegie Hall alongside The New York Pops musicians at our annual Birthday Gala, led by New York Pops Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke. In addition to the on-stage experience, participants will also be part of a fully produced music video to share with family and friends!
We are also thrilled to introduce our inaugural conducting apprenticeship, giving up to six lucky students the chance to study the many facets of conducting, learn from master teachers, as well as observe and participate in rehearsals.
Proof of vaccination is required to participate. Kids on Stage is open to fully vaccinated NYC middle school students in Grades 6-8, and the Conducting Apprenticeship is open to fully vaccinated school students in Grades 8-12.
Quotes from 2021 participants
“I am so moved by your programming and the genuine care and enthusiasm of all the musicians and staff involved. As a fellow educator, I know how difficult this last year has been. You have done an outstanding job providing opportunities and enrichment for these youngsters.” – Sara Nichols, parent of tuba student Lily Brown
“Thank you so much for a wonderful opportunity this year! I was able to learn so much and grow as a musician… Even though it was virtual this year, the experience was still the best possible it could be and thank you so much for making it so special!” - Anjali LeDoux, flute student
Kids on Stage is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.