Announcing the 608 Members of the 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles, Performing November 28-29

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This November, 608 students from around the nation will perform during free concerts at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, as part of the 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles. Learn which students will be part of each of the four ensembles: Mixed Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, and Symphony Orchestra.

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2016 All-National Honor Mixed Choir. Photo: Howard Rockwin, Music Memories Photography.

Of those most elite high school musicians who were accepted to their district or All-State music ensembles, 608 of them—the “best of the best”—were selected for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAFME) 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles.

During the 2016-17 school year, talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools practiced diligently to gain a chair or part in their local, district, and state music honor ensembles. And of those most elite high school musicians who were accepted to their district or All-State music ensembles, 608 of them—the “best of the best”—were selected for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAFME) 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles.

On November 28-29, the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles will perform at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. The Jazz Band and Choir concerts take place 7:30-9:00PM, November 28, and the Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra concerts begin at 10:00AM, November 29, in the ballrooms at Disney Coronado Springs Resort. The concerts are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

The All-National Honor Ensembles performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, and jazz ensemble. Students were chosen through an audition process. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have 155 and 152 instrumentalists respectively, the jazz ensemble 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed choir 281 vocalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

Selected students will be rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of five of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Z. Randall Stroope (Mixed Choir); Dr. Margery Deutsch (Symphony Orchestra); Dr. T. André Feagin (Concert Band); and Todd Stoll with Lauren Sevian (Jazz Ensemble). All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concert.

Find out the names, schools and states, as well as music directors of the 608 2017 All-National Honor Ensembles students: https://nafme.org/ANHE. Watch past performances here.

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National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

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For additional information, contact Catherina Hurlburt at catherinah(at)nafme(dot)org or 703-860-4000, ext. 216.

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