All National Honors Ensembles Auditions Now Open

Plans are well underway to make the 2016 All-National Honors Ensembles a life-changing musical experience that your students will never forget!! This year’s event will take place on November 10 – 13, 2016 in Grapevine, TX and we are very pleased to announce this year’s conductors!

Paula Crider – Band
William LaRue Jones – Orchestra
Anton Armstrong – Choir
Jazz at Lincoln Center – Jazz

You can find information about each of these conductors an the ANHE program at this website.

New This Year:  Students are required to upload an unedited and unaccompanied video performing the required repertoire for their instrument or voice part.  Please find repertoire requirements on the website listed above. There is the option of uploading an additional 2 minute video. This may be a piece of your choosing and may be accompanied or unaccompanied.

ANHE Timeline:
Now                          Audition site is open
May 11, 2016            Application process is closed at 11:59p.m. PT
May 13, 2016            NAfME sends lists to State Presidents for rankings
May 23, 2016            State rankings are due to NAfME
May 28, 2016            Selections meeting
May 31, 2016            NAfME sends ensemble rosters to state MEA’s for verification
June 10, 2016           Verifications due back to NAfME
Week of June 13       Initial notifications are sent to students and directors from NAfME office
July 1, 2016              Deadline for students to accept & send payment
September 1, 2016    Chaperones from states are secured & folders are mailed
November 10 – 13     All-National Honors Ensembles in Grapevine, TX

Cooper Vittetoe, Waukee HS student, had this to say about last year's event:

The All-National Honor Ensemble (ANHE) was a great opportunity to meet people from all over the United States.  The week I was there, I made several lasting friendships.


The repertoire was a good challenge; but my teachers, Amy Hall and Edward Corpus, helped me learn and memorize it.


ANHE's chorus director, Ann Howard Jones, was FANTASTIC.

We hope to see your students there!


Friends of wcfsymphony is accepting applications from musicians in grades 8-12 throughout Iowa to compete in the wcfsymphony Young Artist Concerto Competition on Sunday, January 24, 2016. The competition will be held in Davis Hall at the Gallagher- Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. Students of piano, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion in grades eight through twelve are encouraged to participate.

Cash prizes of $400 for first place, $250 for second place, and $150 for third place will be offered. The first place winner may perform with the Symphony on April 5, 2016. Deadline for applications is December 20, 2015.

The Young Artist Concerto Competition is chaired by Friends’ members Jo R. Capoccioni. Information and application form are available online at under EDUCATION.

More information is also available by contacting Jo R. Capoccioni at 319-215-5885 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2016 Concerto Competition for High School Musicians

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce its annual concerto competition for high school musicians. The winner will appear as a guest soloist with the U.S. Marine Band and receive a $2,500 cash prize from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The runner up will receive a $500 cash prize. Deadline for applications is Nov. 16, 2015.

The final round of the competition will take place at 2 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in southeast Washington, D.C. The final round is presented as a recital and is open to the public. The winner will perform in concert with the Marine Band at 2 p.m.,Sunday, April 10, 2016 in the Washington, D.C. area.

Please click the link, or cut and paste into your browser, for the application:

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