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

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, and 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