Honor Ensembles at the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
Music for All presents three positively life-changing honor ensemble experiences for the nation’s outstanding high school concert band, orchestra and jazz musicians. As part of the Music for All National Festival, the honor ensembles provide a national stage and world-class learning and performance opportunities with distinguished conductors, artists and master teachers.
Music for All National Festival
March 13-16, 2019, Indianapolis, IN
How to Apply
Click the "Apply Now" button below to learn more about the audition requirements and deadlines for each ensemble, and to apply online. Online application is preferred; if you are unable to apply online you can download the paper application forms here.
Honor Band of America
Since its inception in 1992, the Honor Band of America has earned a national reputation as one of the nation’s finest student concert honor bands. With the opportunity to rehearse and perform with renowned conductors and world-class guest artists, to premiere new commissioned works for concert band and perform for a “dream audience" of outstanding high school musicians and educators from across the country, the Honor Band of America is a “must" for the finest young musicians.
2019 Conductor: Ray Cramer, Indiana University, Professor Emeritus
2020 Conductor: Colonel Timothy J. Holtan, 10th Leader and Commander, The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”
Honor Orchestra of America
The Honor Orchestra of America provides a truly "positively life-changing experience" for outstanding string players, orchestral winds and percussion.
2019 Conductor: Sey Ahn, Idyllwild Summer Music Festival Orchestras
2020 Conductor: Larry J. Livingston, Chair, Department of Conducting, Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California
Jazz Band of America
Music for All’s tradition of outstanding national honor ensembles showcasing the finest high school musicians includes the Jazz Band of America. The Jazz Band of America is comprised of high school musicians, selected by recorded audition. The Jazz Band of America is recognized as one of the top honor ensembles for young musicians in the nation, with a prestigious legacy and reputation for the highest level of excellence. Many members of the Jazz Band of America are also selected for the GRAMMY® jazz bands.
2019 Conductor: Shelly Berg, Dean, Frost School of Music, University of Miami
2020 Conductor: Dr. Ron McCurdy, professor of music in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California