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High School String Honor Orchestra

February 17-19, 2022

Dr. Mitchell Arnold, Conductor
The West Virginia University High School String Honor Orchestra is a two-day event for high school students. The selected students rehearse throughout the two days of the festival and present a final performance on Saturday. In addition to working with outstanding nationally-known faculty, students are treated to a performance by the WVU Symphony Orchestra and also have the opportunity to participate in masterclasses offered by members of the WVU School of Music faculty.

How to Participate
Students are nominated by their orchestra director or string teacher. 
The Registration Form can be found at this link - Registration Form

Dear Teachers, Students and Parents,


Thank you for your interest in the upcoming 2022 WVU Honors Orchestra weekend, February 17-19, 2022!


The Honor orchestra will perform its concert at 1pm on Saturday, February 19 in WVU’s Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre with rehearsals beginning Friday morning February 18.  Registration begins at 3pm on Thursday February 17, with seating auditions beginning around 4pm.  The concert program includes  Mozart/Del Borgo Ave Verum Corpus, Piazzolla/Kazik Libertango, Berlioz/Leidig March to the Scaffold, and Shore/Wagner Highlights from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.  Members of the WVU Symphony Orchestra will join the Honors strings on stage for the final rehearsal and concert.  Each section of the orchestra will also be featured, led by members of our string faculty.  


Registration forms can be downloaded now by going to  Deadline for registration is January 28, 2022.


As of this time, the music is not yet available for download.  Please check back.


Students, teachers and parents are invited to a February 17, 7:30pm performance by WVU’s Orchestra led by Mitchell Arnold, WVU’s Director of Orchestral Activities.  Our program includes Stravinsky’s 1919 Suite from The Firebird, Black Swan – an arrangement of Brahms’s piano Intermezzo in A Major by Bright Sheng, and Bottesini’s Concerto No.2 with Dr. Andrew Kohn as bass soloist.


See schedule to be posted in early February for more details.


WVU COVID-19 protocols will be followed during the weekend.  At this time, these include the wearing of masks at all times indoors.  WVU also strongly recommends that all participants, parents and teachers be vaccinated to help prevent transmission of the virus.  Protocols are subject to change.



Mitchell Arnold

WVU Director of Orchestral Activities