honor ensemble

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristen Rencher at NAfME
kristenr@nafme.org or (571) 323-5898

540 Students from 45 States and Territories
to Perform in National Harbor, Maryland,
in the All-National Honor Ensembles

RESTON, VA (October 25, 2022)—During the 2021–22 school year, accomplished 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 high school musicians who were accepted to their district or All-State music ensembles, 540 of them were selected for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2022 All-National Honor Ensembles.

These most accomplished high school music students will take part in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 2022 All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) November 3–6, 2022, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, near Washington, DC. This will include several rehearsals with the 2022 ANHE Conductors and workshops with renowned clinicians. Each ensemble will perform in concerts on November 5–6.

Ensembles include the Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Mixed Choir, Guitar Ensemble, and Modern Band. All are welcome to tune in to these incredible performances—tickets are available on-site for $10 each.

honor ensemble modern band

The 2019 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Modern Band performed under the direction of Scott Burstein 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 (in its fifth year), modern band (in its fourth year), symphony orchestra, and concert band. Students were chosen through an audition process. The jazz ensemble will have 19 instrumentalists, the mixed choir 239 vocalists, the guitar ensemble 26 guitarists, the symphony orchestra 119 instrumentalists, the concert band 123 instrumentalists, and the modern band will have 14 musicians. Many ANHE members are also Tri-M® Music Honor Society members. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program (not applicable to guitar or modern band 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 direction of six of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Frances Fonza (Mixed Choir); Nobuyoshi Yasuda (Symphony Orchestra); Rodney Dorsey (Concert Band); Todd Stoll with guest soloist Helen Sung (Jazz Ensemble); Chuck Hulihan (Guitar Ensemble); and Bryan Powell and Raina Murnak (Modern Band). All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concerts.

Names, schools and states, as well as music directors, of the 540 2022 All-National Honor Ensemble students are available on the ANHE website: nafme.org/ANHE. 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 has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 50,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

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