Music for All National Festival presented by YAMAHA
Read what some of the directors and students have to say about their Music for All National Festival experience:

"I can honestly say that I have never been a part of nor seen a more amazing program for high school students. I was moved to tears more than once by the performances of the orchestra, and I was astonished at the professionalism and expertise in which they handled themselves. Thank you for a positively life-changing experience."
Mindy Dauner, Orchestra Director
South H.S., Omaha, NE




"At the first orientation meeting you said that our stay in Indianapolis would be a 'positively life-changing experience' - and I was skeptical. I just wondered how playing in yet another orchestra would actually change my life. But by the end of Saturday, I realized that my life had been changed. I met other amazing players, had the opportunity to play with Mr. Livingston, and, of course, played Nimrod and the finale of Shostakovich 5. Nothing gets better than that. I look forward to auditioning for next year's orchestra!"
Joy Mulhollan, Bass
Dobson H.S., Mesa, AZ




"The power that comes from this experience is truly life-changing. I will tell anyone that will listen to me: this is the best thing I have done with or for a band in my nearly 30 years of teaching. I do not have the words or could never say it with enough meaning to do it justice, but THANK YOU. Thank you from all of us in our program: the parents, the directors and most of all, thank you from the kids whose lives you have changed forever. They will NEVER forget this experience and are changed for the better because of it. They say that success comes about when preparation meets opportunity. I am so thankful that we finally got prepared enough to be able meet this opportunity!
Jim Miller, Director
Cedar Rapids Washington High School Wind Symphony, Cedar Rapids, Iowa




"I liked the idea that we were listening to and appreciating each other," said Ms. Zoffuto. "There's room at the top for a lot of people and excellence can take many forms. I wanted to participate in that and I wanted my students to have the experience of listening to other really great bands and appreciating the hard work that goes into that."
Marcia Zoffuto, Director
Coyle Middle School Honor Band, Rowlett, Texas




"The Music for All organization has got it right. We need advocates out there like your organization. Please express to Scott, Eric and the board my deep appreciation for what you are doing. More over, the middle level ensembles have always been looking for a place to stretch their wings. While still in the early stages Bands of America is now helping middle level bands strive for excellence."
Jermie Arnold, Director of Bands
American Fork Junior High, American Fork, Utah




"I'm getting questions from parents asking what we fed them in Indianapolis because suddenly their kid wants to practice all the time! Our band staff all agreed that we left the Festival more inspired and renewed than ever. Breakfast with Col. Gabriel...hanging out with Shelly Berg at the Marriott...hearing the other bands and the Honor groups, master classes...it was all incredible."
Mike Lipe, Director of Bands, Fine Arts Coordinator
Wylie I.S.D., Wylie, Texas




"I have Music for All and Bands of America to thank for my introduction to so many amazing conductors and teachers - all icons of our profession. We are all products and reflections of those with whom we associate. When I return home from a Music for All event, I feel like not only a better teacher but a better person."
H. Brent Barton, Director
Madison Central Bands, Richmond, KY




"I have been to many festivals throughout the country and I have never had an impact as this festival brought me. I knew it was going to be great, but I never knew it would be this great. You hear people say "better than what you expected," That would be the understatement of the century. I also appreciated the help during the months that preceded the festival. In all facets of this journey, you guys were top notch. The evaluators' comments were priceless. Congratulations to you all for putting on the best festival there is...period!"
James Henderson, Director of Bands
William R. Boone High School, Orlando, Florida




"What an experience it was for my Chamber Orchestra to be part of your Music for All National America Festival last weekend! I want to share with you some of my students' comments to me when we arrived home, to re-confirm that your Festival is on the right track when it comes to changing the direction of young lives through your commitment to music excellence: "I was sitting in my 4th period class wishing it would go by faster so I could come to orchestra class!...then I ran all the way here!!" Another student said "Ms. Collins, I never really liked playing violin...now I want to major in music!" And another, "This weekend was amazing...I never thought being serious about music could be so fun!" And finally, "Can we go every year...please?" Thank you for a very rewarding musical experience!"
Cheri Collins, Director of Orchestra
Oakton High School, Vienna, Virginia




Orchestra America is the one and only festival that truly addresses the students as well as the conductor. The Orchestra America National Festival offers world-class adjudicators and clinicians, a world class performance venue, association with top professionals in the world of higher education, all in a kind, sincere and nurturing environment. It is an educationally sound experience from start to finish, with a personal touch. Add a performance of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Honor Orchestra rehearsals and performances it is a life-changing experience unlike any other festival in the world!
Anthony Maiello, Director of Instrumental Studies
George Mason University, VA




The Orchestra America National Festival is unique to most festivals. Participating orchestras have the opportunity to perform in a professional orchestra hall - Hilbert Circle Theatre. After each performance, the orchestra receives feedback from all three festival evaluators, and the conductor even receives a constructive critique as well! The non-performing events at the festival are ideal for school aged students - attending concerts of the Honor Orchestra of America and the Indianapolis Symphony, as well as other social opportunities. Music for All is a music education leader. All experiences during the festival are to support a musical purpose, both positively and life-changing.
Doug Droste, Director of Orchestral Studies
Oklahoma State University
Director, Oklahoma Youth Symphony




I personally found the clinic after our performance to be outstanding. I appreciated the encouragement and feedback. Each activity seemed to bring a different student who told me that particular activity was his/her favorite for the entire event. All of the different activities work together to reach all of the students. It is musically rewarding for students and directors alike. My students loved the festival!
Linda Nicolosi, Director
Oak Ridge H.S. Orchestra, Conroe, TX




The 2007 and 2008 Honor Orchestras of America have been highlights of my parenting with my daughter. To spend one-on-one time with her during travel and watch her during rehearsals and performances certainly melts my heart. It really does take a whole village to raise well-rounded, responsible kids these days, and I appreciate your part in helping my child to become the best musician she can at this time in her life.
Jerell Mulhollan, Honor Orchestra of America, chaperone and member parent
Dobson H.S., Mesa, AZ




I will assure you that this experience was life changing! Thank you to Music for All for providing me with such an extraordinary opportunity to perform with the best high school musicians in the country.
Matt Dickey, Violin, Honor Orchestra of America
Zionsville Community H.S., IN




When I came to this festival, I honestly did not expect anything unique from it but I was wrong. Meeting the staff, musicians and Mr. Larry Livingston has been the greatest thing that has happened to me. This event has changed me in a positive way forever.
Daniel Yi, English Horn, Honor Orchestra of America
Marcus H.S., Flower Mound, TX