NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles

November 7-10, 2019
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Orlando, Florida


The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. So much more than a musical showcase, the ANHE program is a comprehensive and educational experience.

The 2019 ensembles will meet at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida under the leadership of top conductors in the field of music education.


  • Jazz Ensemble — Todd Stoll
  • Mixed Choir — Tesfa Wondemagegnehu
  • Symphony Orchestra — Soo Han
  • Concert Band — Emily Threinen 
  • Guitar Ensemble — Bill Swick



  • Be in grades 9, 10 or 11 during the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Attend school in one of the fifty states of the United States, the District of Columbia, or a Department of Defense School. 
  • Be a member of their school’s choral, string, guitar, or instrumental ensemble during the 2019-2020 school year corresponding with the ensemble for which they are applying.
  • School ensemble directors must be a current, active member of NAfME (cannot be an associate or retired member). Member ID will be required for the 2019 ANHE Application. 
  • Be accepted to their state’s 2018-2019 All-State Festival.
    • In the case of guitar, many states do not have an All-State Guitar Ensemble. Students who participate in their school’s guitar ensemble program are permitted to apply.
  • If there isn’t an All-State Festival held during the 2018-2019 academic year, the 2017-2018 Division Festival will be acceptable (Northwest Division).  
  • If your state Music Education Association (MEA) does not sponsor the All-State Festival, the state MEA will determine which students are eligible to receive an invitation to apply. 
  • Students may only audition for the part and ensemble for which they were accepted in their 2018-2019 All-State Festival. 
  • The final determination of eligibility for the All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) program is made by the student’s state Music Education Association (MEA). Please reach out to your state MEA with eligibility questions.
    • Some states may require that students are both selected AND perform in their All-State. Students must follow the directive of their individual state MEA with regard to participation.  
    • Students who fail to comply with their individual state requirements will not be eligible to participate in the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles program.

2019 Application Guidelines

  • You are required to upload an unedited and unaccompanied video performing the required repertoire for your instrument or voice part. 
  • Wind, Brass, and Percussion instruments are automatically considered for both Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra.
  • Please note there is an option to upload an additional 2-minute video. This may be a piece of your choosing and may be accompanied or unaccompanied. You could use this opportunity to demonstrate proficiency on an auxiliary instrument. This second video is not required.
  • This must be a VIDEO audition