533 students from 48 states and territories will perform in a national online concert during Music in Our Schools Month (R)

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originally published: 01/19/2022

(RESTON, Virginia) — During the 2020-2021 school year, talented music students across the United States and abroad at military base schools trained diligently to earn a pulpit or be part of their bands. local, district and state music honor. And of the high school musicians who have been accepted into their district or into all-state music bands, 533 of them – the “best of the best” – have been selected for the 2021 National Honor Bands of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

These “best of the best” high school music students will participate in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 2021 All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) virtual event, January 22-24, 2022. This second All-National Honor Ensembles The virtual event will include multiple rehearsals with ANHE 2021 conductors and workshops with renowned clinicians. Each ensemble will create a final recorded performance which will premiere online during the 37th NAFME Music In Our Schools Month® in March 2022.

Ensembles include Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Mixed Choir, Guitar Ensemble, and Modern Orchestra. All are welcome to listen to these incredible performances.

ANHE performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. The ensembles consist of a jazz ensemble, mixed choir, guitar ensemble (in its fourth year), modern orchestra (in its third year), symphony orchestra and a concert band. The students were chosen through an audition process. The jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists, the mixed choir 240 singers, the guitar ensemble 21 guitarists, the symphony orchestra 122 instrumentalists, the harmony orchestra 121 instrumentalists and the modern orchestra will have 9 musicians. Many ANHE members are also members of the Tri-M® Music Honor Society. Eligible students 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 those ensembles. national honour.

Selected students will rehearse challenging repertoire to perform under the direction of six of America’s most eminent conductors: Geoffrey Paul Boers (Mixed Choir); LaSaundra Booth (Symphony Orchestra); Travis J. Cross (wind band); Todd Stoll with Cécile McLorin Salvant (Jazz Ensemble); Olga Amelkina-Vera (Guitar Ensemble); and Spencer Hale (modern band). All the conductors have received the highest honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with the students before the concert.

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The names, schools and states, along with the musical directors, of the 533 students in the 2021 National Honor Ensemble are available on the ANHE website: nafme.org/ANHE. Learn more about past sets.


The National Association for Music Education, among the largest arts education organizations in the world, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAFME advocates at local, state and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents and administrators; organizes professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association has supported music teachers at all levels of education for over a century. With tens of thousands of members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice for music education in the United States.

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