2022 All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When is the 2022 All-National Honor Ensembles program?
    • November 3–6, 2022, Thursday (4:00 PM) – Sunday (12:00 PM)
  • Where will the 2022 All-National Honor Ensembles take place?
    • Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland
  • Will vaccines be required to attend?
    • All participants of the 2022 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles program are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Review our policy.



  • Who is eligible to apply? All Applicants Must:
    • Be in grades 9, 10 or 11 during the 2021-2022 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 2022-2023 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 2022 ANHE Application.
    • Be accepted to their state’s 2021-2022 All-State Festival. 
      • 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 an All-State Festival is not held during the 2021-2022 academic year, the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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 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.
      • 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 a 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. 
    • This must be a video audition with a clock or stopwatch 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.
    • Please note, there is an option to upload an additional 2-minute video for Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra and Mixed Choir students. This may be a piece of your choosing and may be accompanied or unaccompanied. A clock or stopwatch 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 27, 2022, 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  •  How do I apply?
  • 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.
    • Double Bass will be considered for both Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra if that option is selected on the application.
  • 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 member of NAfME for you to apply. Please direct all questions regarding membership to MemberServices@nafme.org or 800-336-3768.
  • Does my parent, guardian, or director need to attend with me?
    • It is NOT mandatory to attend with your parent/guardian or director. Please refer to the program vaccination requirement policy.



  • What are the fees associated with the 2022 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 $875. Students are also responsible for their own airfare. Bus transportation to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center from Reagan National Airport (DCA) will be provided by NAfME on Thursday, November 3.
  • What does the $875 Student Registration Fee include?
    • 3 night’s accommodations at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. (November 3–6, 2022). 
    • Meals: Thursday – Dinner, Friday- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Sunday – Breakfast.



  • I live in the Washington Metropolitan Area. 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 an 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 National 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.
    • The room block expires October 2, 2022.



  • Will there be vegetarian and vegan options?
    • Yes.
  • I have allergies, will accommodations be made?
    • Yes – students must notify NAfME staff of an allergies via 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 Reagan National Airport (DCA).
  • When will I need to arrive?
    • Students must arrive at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on Thursday, November 3, 2022 no later than 3:30 PM. Flights must arrive at DCA by 3:00 PM to ensure onsite arrival by 3:30 PM. There is a mandatory rehearsal on Thursday, November 3 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/guardians at 12:00 PM on Sunday, November 6, following the conclusion of the final concert. Students must book their return flight AFTER 2:30 PM due to transportation and security times.



  • Will family and friends be able to watch the rehearsals?
    • ANHE students may not leave rehearsals or their sleeping rooms during scheduled hours, unless for medical reasons.
    • Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and for the health and safety of our student attendees, all ANHE rehearsals and events will be closed to family/friends, directors, and conference attendees.
    • Family and friends of ANHE students are not permitted to visit student sleeping rooms.
  • Will the ANHE events be livestreamed or recorded?
    • The 2022 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles events will not be livestreamed or recorded.



  • 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.