Honor Orchestra of America
Honor Orchestra of America

Honor Orchestra of America at the Music for All National Festival

Performing two shared concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Hilbert Circle Theatre.
 The Honor Orchestra of America provides truly postively life-changing experiences for outstanding string players, orchestral winds, and percussion.
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2016 Honor Orchestra of America

2016 Music for All National Festival

March 9-12, Indianapolis, IN

Larry J. Livingston
Music Director
2016 Conductor
Chair, Conducting Department, Thornton School of Music
University of Southern California


2016 Deadlines for String Players

  • Application/auditions open March 15, 2015
  • Audition recordings will be listened to and notification of acceptance status within 30 days of submission (per submission requirements below). If not accepted initially, applicants may resend new audition recording with no additional audition fee as long as received by the December 1 final deadline and section positions remain.
  • Apply by November 1 to be considered for Livingston Honors Scholarships (see more info in the audition requirements).
  • Final deadline to apply: December 1, 2015.
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2016 Program Includes:

Giuseppe Verdi – Nabucco Overture
Carl Maria von Weber – Oberon Overture
Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 1 in D major, movement 4

The Honor Orchestra of America is one of three national honor ensembles that are part of the Music for All National Festival, along with the Honor Band of America and Jazz Band of America. All high school band members are encouraged to audition for the Honor Orchestra of America. The Honor Orchestra of America provides a truly "positively life-changing experience" for outstanding string players, orchestral winds and percussion. The Honor Orchestra of America will perform two shared concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Members will have the unforgettable opportunity to perform on stage at Hilbert Circle Theatre, home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Honor Orchestra of America Highlights include:

  • Opportunity to work under the baton of a world renowend conductor
  • Written evaluation of auditions for all Honor Orchestra of America applicants
  • Instrumental master classes with respected professionals
  • Honor Orchestra member and family reception and party
  • Personalized certificate, patch and exclusive Honor Orchestra of America member lapel pin
  • DVD and CD recording of the Honor Orchestra of America Concert and group photograph
  • Honor Orchestra of America members are eligible to be nominated for The Revelli Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a Music for All National Festival participating senior intending to study music performance or music education and pursue a career as a music educator
  • Membership in an elite family that annually includes only a select number of the most outstanding musicians nationwide

Past Honor Orchestra of America Members

Larry J. Livingston talks about music and finding the best in musicians!

Honor Orchestra of America Testimonials

"I can honestly say that I have never been a part of nor seen a more amazing program for high school students. I was moved to tears more than once by the performances of the orchestra and I was astonished at the professionalism and expertise in which they handled themselves. Thank you for a positively life-changing experience."
Mindy Dauner, Orchestra Director, South H.S., NE

"At the first orientation meeting you said that our stay in Indianapolis would be a 'positively life-changing experience' – and I was skeptical. I just wondered how playing in yet another orchestra would actually change my life. But by the end of Saturday, I realized that my life had been changed. I met other amazing players, had the opportunity to play with Mr. Livingston, and, of course, played Nimrod and the finale of Shostakovich 5. Nothing gets better than that. I look forward to auditioning for next year’s orchestra!"
Joy Mulhollan, Bass, Dobson H.S., AZ