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High School String Honor Orchestra

February 15-17, 2024

The West Virginia University High School String Honor Orchestra is a three-day event for high school students (grades 9-12). The selected students rehearse throughout the festival and present a final performance on Saturday. Students will be working with outstanding nationally-known faculty, in both full group and sectional settings. In addition, students will attend a performance by the WVU Symphony Orchestra and a chamber music presentation.

Two tracks are available for participation:
1. Teacher Nominated Orchestra
2. Auditioned Chamber Orchestra (new in 2024)

How to Participate
  • Students are nominated by their orchestra director or private teacher. Band or choir director nomination is also possible.

  • Each high school/teacher may nominate up to ten students to participate. 

  • All nominated students will be accepted to participate in the Teacher Nominated Orchestra. 

  • Students who wish to audition for the Chamber Orchestra will need to submit a recording to be evaluated by the WVU strings faculty. The audition recording can be any musical selection that will represent the student’s current level (e.g. all-county audition, all-state audition, solo piece, etude, etc.). Video recordings are preferred, but audio recordings will be accepted. 

  • Please check the reference parts below to determine the level of difficulty
    Teacher Nominated Orchestra
    Auditioned Chamber Orchestra

Register online for the High School String Honor Orchestra