Announcing the 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles, Performing November 27-28

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristen Rencher at NAfME or (571) 323-5898

550 Students from 49 States and Territories
to Showcase Talents in Orlando, Florida, November 27-28

RESTON, VA (September 12, 2018)—During the 2017-18 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, 550 of them—the “best of the best”—were selected for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAFME) 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles

On November 25-28, 2018, the 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) will perform at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The Jazz Ensemble and Mixed Choir concerts take place 7:00-8:30pm, November 27, and the Guitar Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Concert Band concerts begin at 10:00am, November 28, in the ballroom at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The cost of admission is $10 per person. Tickets will be available for purchase on site.

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The 2017 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Choir performs at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Bob O’Lary.


The ANHE performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. The ensembles consist of a jazz ensemble, mixed choir, guitar ensemble (new this year), symphony orchestra, and concert band. Students were chosen through an audition process. The jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists, the mixed choir 240 vocalists, the guitar ensemble 47 guitarists, the symphony orchestra 122 instrumentalists, and the concert band 121 instrumentalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program (not applicable to guitar students) 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: Todd Stoll (Jazz Ensemble); Dr. Amanda Quist (Mixed Choir); Dr. Michael Quantz (Guitar Ensemble); Dr. Jean Montès (Symphony Orchestra); and Dennis Glocke (Concert Band). All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concert.

Names, schools and states, as well as music directors, of the 550 2018 All-National Honor Ensemble students are available on the ANHE website: Learn about past ensembles.


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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