Honor Orchestra of America
Honor Orchestra of America

2020 Honor Orchestra of America 

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 11-14, 2020

The national Honor Orchestra of America is an inspiring, meaningful, and thrilling experience for outstanding high school orchestra musicians. Students get to rehearse and perform with renowned conductors and perform for a “dream audience” of outstanding school musicians and educators from across the United States.

Honor Orchestra of America members hail from across the country, from music programs large and small. Honor ensemble alumni perform in professional symphonies and top military ensembles, teach music in schools and colleges nationwide, perform professionally, hold a wide variety of college degrees and embark on illustrious and diverse careers that span the spectrum of business and professional enterprise.


Livingston Larry

Larry J. Livingston
Music Director
2020 Conductor
Chair, Conducting Department, Thornton School of Music
University of Southern California




Ahn Sey

Sey Ahn
2020 Assistant Conductor
Idyllwild Summer Music Festival Orchestras





2020 Application/Audition Deadlines

  • October 1, 2019 – Deadline for Strings Eligibility for Livingston Scholarship
  • October 1, 2019 – All Winds and Percussion Application Deadline
  • November 1, 2019 – Strings Final Deadline

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
  • Recording Package 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