2017 Honor Orchestra of America
2017 Honor Orchestra of America

Honor Orchestra of America 

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 8-11, 2017

Music for All’s Honor Orchestra of America is a prestigious ensemble bringing together outstanding high school musicians from across the nation. Members are selected by recorded audition. They will come together for the first time on Wednesday, March 8 in Indianapolis, just days prior to their concert performances.

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Jeffrey Grogan
2017 Conductor
Education and Community Engagement Conductor, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Conductor and Artistic Director of the Greater Newark Youth Orchestras, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York, and the New Jersey Youth Symphony.

Jeffrey Grogan has served as the Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) since 2006. His humanistic approach to leadership, coupled with a strong command of skills as a musical communicator, has earned him an impressive reputation with audiences and music programs throughout the country. Read full bio. 

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Larry J. Livingston
Music Director
Chair, Conducting Department, Thornton School of Music
University of Southern California

Livingston has appeared with the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, at the Festival de Musique in France, with the Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the Leopoldinum Orchestra in Poland, the Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Rumania, and the Pan Pacific Festival Orchestras in Sydney. The lead jurist for the Besancon International Conducting Competition in France and the Winnipeg Symphony International Conducting Symposium, Maestro Livingston is also the Music Director of the Festival Orchestra at Idyllwild Arts. Read full bio. 

2017 Concert Program

España Rhapsody .................................................................................................Emanuel Charbier
Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” .................................................................Leonard Bernstein

 

2017 Honor Orchestra Members

Ensemble members listed alphabetically. 

Violin 1
Mikayla Chan – Herricks H.S., NY
Yueci Chen – Mount Pisgah Christian School, GA
Sathya Edamadaka – Manhattan School of Music, NJ
Lyoung Kim – Woodbridge H.S., CA
Jay Kuo – Bridgewater-Raritan Regional H.S., NJ
Adele Lee – Adlai E. Stevenson H.S., IL
Shulammite Lim – Olathe North H.S., KS
Sophia Motai – Tenafly H.S., NJ
Andrew Nguyen – Avon H.S., IN
Irene Qiao – Bridgewater-Raritan Regional H.S., NJ
Claire Tseng – Buchholz H.S., FL
Victor Zhang – East Brunswick H.S., NJ

Violin 2
Nicole Allen – Olathe North H.S., KS
Alain Alvarado – New World School of the Arts, FL
Sophie Andrews – Chatham H.S., NJ
Gerardo Ayala – Mount Eden H.S., CA
Andres Caveda – Miami Arts Studio 6-12 @ Zelda Glazer, FL
Noam Elisha – Esperanza H.S., CA
Isabel Evans – Alcuin Montessori, IL
Evan Johnson – Princess Anne H.S., VA
Ryan Larson – Avon H.S., IN
Jiwon Lee – Masuk H.S., CT
Edwin Ramos – Mt. Eden H.S., CA
Catherine Sager – Homeschooled, FL
John Viehweg – Olathe North H.S., KS
Issac Yoo – Arnold O. Beckman H.S., CA

Viola
Caroline Emenaker – Avon H.S., IN
Caroline Huang – Bridgewater-Raritan Regional H.S., NJ
Zachary Huang Ogata – Northwood H.S., CA
Adam Savage – Homeschooled, FL
Alexandra Spees – Avon H.S., IN
Emily Uh – Northwood H.S., CA
Megan Xu – Great Neck North H.S., NY
Alice Yoon – Fishers H.S., IN

Cello
Suhn Hyoung Kim – Northwood H.S., CA
Allie Kreitman – University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, IL
Aaron Lai – Bridgewater-Raritan Regional H.S., NJ
Gregory Llewellyn – Dwight Englewood School and Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, NJ
Jungwoo Park – Phillips Academy, CA
Samuel Reiten – Blaine Senior H.S., MN
Phebe Sager – Homeschooled, FL
Megan Savage – Homeschooled, FL

Bass
Diego Martinez – Houston H.S., TN
Ariana Ruiz – Omaha South H.S., NE
Shane Savage – Homeschooled, FL
Chelsea Strayer – San Marcos H.S., CA

Flute
Stella Brooks – Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, NY
Joanna Lau – Herricks H.S., NY
Daniel Lopez – Wheeling H.S., IL

Oboe
Andres Ayola – Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, NY
Tyler Romesberg – Satellite H.S., FL
Ana Sofia Uzsoy – North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, NC

Bassoon
Jordan Dreyer – West Milford H.S., NJ
Jackson Holdbrooks – Thompson H.S., AL

Clarinet
Ji Heon Kim – Fort Lee H.S., NJ
Stephen Li – North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, NC
Brianna Owens – Cookeville H.S., TN

Alto Saxophone
Emma Peleg – LaGuardia H.S., NY

Bass Clarinet
Adam Cordero – Herricks H.S., NY

Horn
Anna Dorey – J.W. Mitchell H.S., FL
Molly Kaplan – Hagerty H.S., FL
Steven Locastro – Thompson H.S., AL
Madison Ray – D. W. Daniel H.S., SC
Julian Stiles – Pascack Valley H.S., NJ

Trumpet
Benjamin Keating – Southside H.S., AR
Ben Rattanavong – Cookeville H.S., TN
Stephen Rubio – Mountain View H.S., TX
Samuel Stout – Streator Township H.S., IL

Trombone
Derek Douglas – Sumrall H.S., MS
Russ Garayanala – Hillcrest H.S., AL

Bass Trombone
Richard Fox – A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, FL

Tuba
Adolfo Monterroso Jr. – PROGRESS High School for Professional Careers, NY

Percussion
Reilly McLean – Kell H.S., GA
Elijah Shina – Youth Performing Arts School, KY
Tyler Smith – Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, PA
Christopher Wu – Northwood H.S., CA

Drum Set
Andrew Wray – Olathe East H.S., KS

Special performance assistance from:
Stephanie Hall, Harp
Annie King, Harp
Alex Verdoorn, Piano

Past Honor Orchestra of America Members

Conductor and Music Director Biographies

Jeffrey Grogan, 2017 Conductor

Jeffrey Grogan has served as the Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) since 2006. His humanistic approach to leadership, coupled with a strong command of skills as a musical communicator, has earned him an impressive reputation with audiences and music programs throughout the country. Grogan also serves as Artistic Director of the NJSO Youth Orchestra Program, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York and the New Jersey Youth Symphony. In addition, Grogan is artistic director of the El Sistema inspired music program the Paterson Music Project in Paterson, N.J., and artistic advisor to the NJSO CHAMPs (Character, Achievement and Music Project) in Newark, N.J. Grogan considers his work with young musicians to be the cornerstone of his career.

He has served as adjudicator, conductor, and clinician for many prestigious festivals. He was also a participant in the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview sponsored by the League of American Orchestras. Grogan is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Michigan.

Prior to moving to the New York Metropolitan Area, Grogan was on faculty at the University of Michigan, Baylor University and Ithaca College, where he was associate professor and director of orchestras.

Larry J. Livingston, Music Director

Livingston has appeared with the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, at the Festival de Musique in France, with the Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the Leopoldinum Orchestra in Poland, the Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra in Rumania, and the Pan Pacific Festival Orchestras in Sydney. The lead jurist for the Besancon International Conducting Competition in France and the Winnipeg Symphony International Conducting Symposium, Maestro Livingston is also the Music Director of the Festival Orchestra at Idyllwild Arts.

Since 2004, Livingston has served as guest conductor at the College Band Directors National Conference in Alice Tully Hall, led All-State Ensembles across the United States including Texas, where he appeared for a record ninth time. From 2004-2012, Livingston was Music Director of Thornton School Orchestras. In recent years, Maestro Livingston conducted the All-State Ensembles of Arizona, New Mexico, Kentucky, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Iowa, Texas, and California, as well as the Katowice Academy Orchestra in Poland.

Livingston has held positions as vice president of the New England Conservatory of Music, Dean of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music, where he Chairs the Conducting Department. Livingston leads the national educational quest, ALL IN, and heads the Education Committee of the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium.

In 2013, Livingston appeared in the “Lights Out” episode of Glee and was featured as a mentor in the USA Cable Network Television series, “The Moment.”

 
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