2019 Honor Orchestra of America
2019 Honor Orchestra of America

Honor Orchestra of America 

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 13-16, 2019

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 13 in Indianapolis, just days prior to their concert performances.

Livingston Larry

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

Mr. 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. Read full bio. 

Ahn Sey

Sey Ahn
2019 Conductor
Idyllwild Arts Foundation

A 2015 fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, Sey Ahn is the Assistant Conductor of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation’s Summer Music Festival and the Music for All Honor Orchestra of America held annually in Indianapolis. She recently served as the Music Director and Professor of Conducting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has been a guest conductor of the all-state orchestras of Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee, Iowa, and Kentucky. Read full bio. 

2019 Honor Orchestra Members

Ensemble members listed alphabetically. 

Violin
Lauren Bensaid – Homeschool, CO
Asher Blackburn – duPont Manual H.S., KY
Eugenia Cho – Novi H.S., MI
Hannah Chung – Hamilton Southeastern H.S., IN
Andrew DeWeese – Charlotte Latin School, NC
Maika Edwards – Schaumburg H.S., IL
Andrea Eleazar – Washington Township H.S., NJ
Katie Fair – Maryville H.S., TN
Solveig Geenen – David H. Hickman H.S., MO
Linnea Geenen – David H. Hickman H.S., MO
Ashley Gomez – Coral Reef Senior High, FL
Gina Kang – William Fremd H.S., IL
Julia Kim – Clarksburg H.S., MD
Christina Kim – Herricks H.S., NY
Khang Le – Kerr H.S., TX
Emma Levi – Lycee International de Los Angeles, CA
Marcus Mizelle – Avon H.S., IN
Victoria Oritz – University Liggett Schools, MI
Alice Park – Northwood H.S., CA
Mallory Pence – Avon H.S., IN
Angela Ramirez – Coral Reef Senior H.S., FL
Christine Ramirez – North Shore H.S., NY
Nicholas Ramirez – Standley Lake H.S., CO
Edwin Ramos – Mt. Eden H.S., CA
Hannah Simmon – Avon H.S., IN
Sein Yun – Orange County School of the Arts, CA

Viola
Abdullah Abouradi – Coral Reef Senior H.S., FL
Bryan Back – duPont Manual H.S., KY
Meghan Chen – Fishers H.S., IN
Stephanie Chung – Crean Lutheran H.S., CA
Juyoung Moon – Portola H.S., CA
Adam Savage – Homeschool, FL

Cello
Inbae Chun – Crean Lutheran H.S., CA
Anthony De Pena – Coral Reef Senior H.S., FL
Sheridan Eggers – Zionsville Community H.S., IN
Noah Hertzman – Fox Chapel Area H.S., PA
Dahyun Hong – Edina H.S., MN
Julie Kim – Coral Reef Senior H.S., FL
Eric Kim – Woodbridge H.S., CA
SooMin Kwon – Northwood H.S., CA
Vandana Nathan – Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
Wooyoung Son – Portola H.S., CA
Stephanie Yang – Sage Hill H.S., CA

Bass
Zane Duggan – Maryville H.S., TN
Ethan Feng – Herricks H.S., 
Jackson Hudgins  – Avon H.S., IN
Anna Mears – New Albany H.S., OH
Sophia Sagar –  Klein Collins H.S., TX
Shane Savage – Homeschool, FL

Flute
Yingyin Chen – Oakton H.S., VA
Jayden Lee – Desert Ridge H.S., AZ
Supriya Weiss – Shadow Mountain H.S., AZ

Oboe
Caroline Wu – Combs H.S., AZ
Kaleb Zhu – Olathe North H.S., KS

Bassoon
Alexis Clark –  Wando H.S., SC
William Ramos – Tarpon Springs H.S., FL

Clarinet
John Burton – Campo Verde H.S., AZ
Naomi Farkas – River Hill H.S., MD

French Horn
Simon Field – Oconomowoc H.S., WI
Steven Phan – Montwood H.S., TX
Isaac Sepulveda – Dillard Center for the Arts, FL
Addie Tribbett – Twin Lakes H.S., IN
Olivia Walt – Pomona H.S., CO

Trumpet
Elick Ellis – Pine Tree H.S., TX
Taylor Hubbard – Ravenscroft School, NC
Joel Uliassi – Arizona School for the Arts, AZ

Trombone
Amir Alwardi – A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, FL
Travis Cooke – Oconomowoc H.S., WI
Jonathan Salcedo – Arizona School for the Arts, AZ

Tuba
Jacob Alford – Lafayette H.S., KY

Percussion
Shea Dickinson  – Oswego H.S., IL
Zachary Foster – South Brunswick H.S., NC
Reilly McLean – Kell H.S., GA
Eli Reisz – Interlochen Arts Academy, MI
Jakob Schoenfield – Interlochen Arts Academy, MI

Past Honor Orchestra of America Members

Conductor and Music Director Biographies

Livingston Larry

Larry J. Livingston, 2018 Conductor & Artistic 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.” 

Ahn Sey

Sey Ahn, Assistant Conductor

A 2015 fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, Sey Ahn is the Assistant Conductor of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation’s Summer Music Festival and the Music for All Honor Orchestra of America held annually in Indianapolis. She recently served as the Music Director and Professor of Conducting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has been a guest conductor of the all-state orchestras of Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee, Iowa, and Kentucky.

Sey Ahn has led orchestral performances in Walt Disney Concert Hall and Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, and Alice Tully Hall in New York. Sey Ahn earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Northwestern University, and Master of Music degrees in piano and orchestral conducting from the University of Southern California, where she was a student of Larry Livingston.

She is currently pursuing a Doctorate at the University of Kentucky, where she studies with John Nardolillo, and serves as Assistant Conductor to the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the UK Philharmonia, and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre.

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