Taylor Hubbard '19 has been selected to the 2019 Honor Orchestra of America, considered to be one of the finest scholastic ensembles in America. He will join musicians from 23 states, representing 56 high schools, as they rehearse and perform in concert as part of the Music for All National Festival this weekend in Indianapolis.
The Honor Orchestra of America will perform in concert twice: on Friday, March 15, with the Jazz Band of America at Butler University's Clowes Memorial Hall; and on Saturday, March 16, at Butler University's Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts. Sey Ahn, conductor at the Idyllwild Summer Music Festival Orchestras, will conduct. The program is Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade."
The Music for All National Festival will bring nearly 3,000 of America's most outstanding school musicians to Indianapolis and includes the National Concert Band Festival, the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, the Chamber Music National Festival, the Orchestra America National Festival, and the National Choir Festival, all taking place simultaneously in major venues throughout Indianapolis. In addition to the many performances and audience opportunities, students at the Music for All National Festival participate in master classes taught by some of the leading music instructors in the country. The festival includes two other national honor ensembles, the Honor Band of America and the Jazz Band of America. The full festival schedule is available online.
Members were selected by recorded audition, evaluated by leading music educators.
"To be selected from among their peers for membership in this national ensemble is a great achievement and honor," says James P. Stephens Jr., director of advocacy and educational resources for Music for All. "The 2019 Honor Orchestra of America members are ambassadors of America's music programs, as well as their states, schools, and communities."
Taylor, who plays trumpet, was selected last year to play with the 2018 Honor Band of America, in addition to other honors at the local and state level throughout his school career. He frequently plays trumpet at events and performances on campus, including at December's Madrigal Dinner (shown in photo).