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. Our Honor ensemble alumni have gone on to impressive musical careers as instrumentalists and educators in some of our country’s leading musical institutions. More have gone on to be supporters of music education thanks to the spark created from experiences like this.
Chair, Conducting Department, Thornton School of Music
University of Southern California
2020 Assistant Conductor
Idyllwild Summer Music Festival Orchestras
“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.”
“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!”