2020 All-National Honor Ensembles FAQ

2020 All-National Honor Ensembles FAQ

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  • When is the 2020 All-National Honor Ensembles program?
  • Where will the 2020 All-National Honor Ensembles take place?
    • Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida



  • Who is eligible to apply? All Applicants Must:
      • Be in grades 9, 10 or 11 during the 2019-2020 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 2020-2021 school year corresponding with the ensemble for which they are applying.
      • Be sponsored by a school ensemble director who is a current, active member of NAfME (cannot be an associate or retired member). Member ID will be required for the 2020 ANHE Application.
      • Be accepted to their state’s 2019-2020 All-State Festival. If a state’s 2019-2020 All-State Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19, please contact the state Music Education Association (MEA) for questions regarding eligibility.
        • In the case of Guitar Ensemble, students who play guitar in their school’s music program are permitted to apply.
        • In the case of Modern Band, students are permitted to apply as long as they are sponsored by a NAfME member and participate in a school sponsored ensemble.
        • If there an All-State Festival is not held during the 2019-2020 academic year, the 2019-2020 Division Festival will be acceptable (i.e. 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 apply.
      • Students may only audition for the part and ensemble for which they were accepted in their 2019-2020 All-State Festival. 
        • Students who were accepted for multiple All-State ensembles may apply for multiple ANHE ensembles, however, they must submit separate applications for each.  
        • Students whose vocal range has changed following their All-State Festival may apply for the part that best suits their voice.
        • Any student who was accepted for a voice part, regardless of ensemble, may audition for the Mixed Choir – i.e. if a student was accepted for a Vocal Jazz Ensemble, they are eligible to apply for Mixed Choir.
        • Any student who was accepted for percussion, regardless of ensemble, may audition for the Symphony Orchestra or Concert Band – i.e. if a student was accepted for a Percussion Ensemble, they are eligible to apply.
        • Students who are auditioning for guitar may apply for Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, or Modern Band. However, they must submit separate applications if they opt to apply for multiple ensembles.
        • Students who are auditioning on drumset may apply for Jazz Ensemble or Modern Band. However, they must submit separate applications if they opt to apply for both ensembles.
      • 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 performin 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.
        • In the event that a state MEA cannot determine eligibility due to that state not offering or sponsoring a particular ensemble (ex. All-State Guitar or All-State Modern Band), students will be permitted to apply as long as they are sponsored by an NAfME member.
      • If a student transfers schools, they will remain eligible if they meet the above listed requirements at their new school.
        • Students must notify NAfME immediately and provide the new school’s name, address, and name of the director who is sponsoring the student.



  • Which piece do I play for my audition?
    • You are required to upload an unedited and unaccompanied video performing the REQUIRED REPERTOIRE for your instrument or voice part.
      • Jazz and Modern Band students may use a backing track for their audition unless otherwise specified. 
      • Students who are auditioning on percussion for Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra should upload as many sections of the audition repertoire as possible, but are not required to submit all three solos.
    • This must be a VIDEO audition with a clock or stop watch visible.
    • The following video files are accepted — MP4, MOV, AVI, MPG, 3GP, FLV, WEBM, WMV, MKV, and M4V.
      • Please note, the total size of video files submitted cannot exceed 8GB. If your video audition file is too large, please upload to YouTube or Vimeo. List the link in the File Upload URL section.
    • There is an option to upload an additional 2-minute video for Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra and Mixed Choir. This may be a piece of your choosing and may be accompanied or unaccompanied. A clock or stop watch must be visible. You could use this opportunity to demonstrate proficiency on your instrument. This second video is not required.
    • There is an option for Piccoloists, Flutists, Oboists, Clarinetists, and Bassoonists to submit a video demonstrating their proficiency on Flute, Piccolo, English Horn, Eb Clarinet, and Contrabassoon. 
    • Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion are automatically considered for both Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra.
  • When is the deadline to apply?
    • The application deadline is May 15, 2020, 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time.
  •  How do I apply?
    • Submit your application HERE, using Submittable.com.
    • If you experience technical difficulties while uploading your video, please contact: support@submittable.com.
  • May I be considered for both ANHE Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra?
    • Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion are automatically considered for both Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra.
    • Harp, Piano, and Double Bass are automatically considered for both Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra. 
  • Am I allowed to apply more than once using a different instrument?
    • Yes, but you must have been accepted to your All-State event on all instruments/voice parts and must submit separate applications for each instrument/voice part. 
  • I would like to apply, but my director is not a member of NAfME. May I still apply?
    • The school ensemble director supporting/sponsoring your audition must be a current, active member of NAfME for you to apply. Please direct all questions regarding membership to MemberServices@nafme.org or 703-860-4000.
  • Does my parent, guardian, or director need to attend with me?
    • We encourage you to attend with either your parent/guardian or director – however, it is NOT mandatory. 



  • What are the fees associated with the 2020 ANHE Program?
    • The application fee is $40.00. This is paid when you apply.
      • The charge will appear on your credit card statement as Submittable Holdings, LLC. 
      • Disputed charges will have their applications withdrawn if not settled with Submittable within 30 days of dispute notification. 
    • The cost to participate, once accepted, is $899. Students are also responsible for their own airfare. Bus transportation to the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) will be provided by NAfME on Thursday, November 5.
  •  What does the $899 Student Registration Fee include?
    • 3 night’s accommodations at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. (November 5 – 8, 2020). ALL rooms are double occupancy. 2 students, 2 beds.
    • Meals: Thursday – Dinner, Friday- Breakfast and Lunch – Friday dinner is on your own in the theme park, Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Sunday – Breakfast.
    • Ground transportation to the Gaylord Palms Resort on Thursday, November 5.
    • Evening theme park pass for Friday, November 6.
  • Is the fee refundable?
    • If students cancel 60+ days in advance of the event they will receive a full refund ($899) minus a $50 admin processing fee.
    • If students cancel 30-60 days in advance of the event, they will receive a partial refund of $350.
    • If students cancel less than 30 days in advance of the event, they will not receive a refund unless there is a death in the immediate family (parent, sibling, or grandparent) or a documented medical emergency, in which case NAfME will provide a partial reimbursement of $300.



  • I live in Orlando. Am I allowed to stay offsite and pay a reduced student registration fee?
    • Students are required to stay onsite for the duration of the event.
  • Am I allowed to pick my roommate?
    • Roommate requests may be made; however, they are not guaranteed to be honored.
  • Am I allowed to stay with my parent/guardian?
    • Students are not allowed to room with anyone other than their assigned roommate, unless for medical reasons, in which case signed documentation from a medical professional is required. 
  • Will my parent/guardian, family member(s), or director be able to secure accommodations at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center or will they have to stay somewhere else?
    • Discounted rates at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center will be available to family and friends under the ANHE room block. (Coming in mid-February)



  • Will there be vegetarian and vegan options?
    • Yes. 

  •  I have severe allergies, will accommodations be made?
    • Yes – students must notify NAfME staff of any allergies using the ANHE student medical form.



  • Am I responsible for my own airfare if needed?
    • Yes, students are responsible for their own airfare and return ground transportation to Orlando International Airport (MCO).
  • When will I need to arrive?
    • Students must arrive at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center on Thursday, November 5, 2020 no later than 3:45 PM. Flights must arrive at MCO by 2:30 PM to ensure onsite arrival by 3:45 PM. There is a mandatory rehearsal on Thursday, November 5 at 4:00 PM. Registration will take place between 2:00 and 4:00 PM.
  •  When can I depart?
    • Students will be released to their parents at 12:30 PM on Sunday, November 8, following the conclusion of the final concert. Students must book their return flight AFTER 3:00 PM due to transportation and security times.



  • Will students be able to spend time with family and friends?
    • Students will have the opportunity to spend time with their family during their theme park visit on Friday evening. 
  • The student registration fee includes an evening theme park pass, will students be able to add days if interested?
    • Students will receive an evening park pass with their student registration fee. This park pass is required and will be used on Friday evening.
    • Students may only purchase additional theme park passes to use before or after the ANHE event. (Before Thursday, November 5, 4:00 PM or after Sunday, November 8, 12:30 PM).  



  • Will family and friends be able to watch the rehearsals?
    • Family and friends of ANHE students are not permitted to attend rehearsals or visit student sleeping rooms.
    • ANHE students may not leave rehearsals or their sleeping rooms during scheduled hours, unless for medical reasons.



  • Am I required to bring my own instrument? What do I do if my instrument is too large to transport?
    • Students are required to supply their own instrument and accessories (reeds, strings, mutes, cello floor boards, etc.). Students must make arrangements to transport or rent an instrument at their own expense.
    • NAfME will ONLY supply larger percussion instruments and pianos.