Music for All brings the best in scholastic music to Indianapolis with the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha.
More than 70 outstanding concert bands, orchestras, percussion ensembles, chamber ensembles, and – for the first time, choirs – from across America gather to perform in Indianapolis’ finest venues. The Festival includes three national honor ensembles in concert: the Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and Jazz Band of America, each with the finest high school musicians selected by audition from schools across the nation.
2018 marks the premiere of Music for All’s National Choir Festival as part of the 27th Music for All National Festival, with choir concerts held in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. The Choir Festival portion of the event will culminate with a Mass Choir under the direction of Music for All Artistic Choral Director, Henry Leck, and Guest Conductor, Rollo Dilworth, the National Mass Treble & Mixed Choirs with the Ball State University Orchestra, and special guest appearance by I.U. Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, NOTUS, under the direction of Dominick DiOrio, taking place on Saturday, March 17 at 2 pm at Hilbert Circle Theatre. Admission: Complimentary, festival seating.
In addition to St. John’s, Festival concerts will take place at Clowes Memorial Hall and the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Performing Arts at Butler University, Hilbert Circle Theatre, Warren Performing Arts Center, and the Indiana Historial Society. Concerts will take place throughout the day and evening on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Some Festival concerts are free.
High school and middle school ensembles were selected to perform at the Festival by recorded audition. Concerts will take place at Clowes Memorial Hall, Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University, Indiana Historical Society, Hilbert Circle Theatre, Warren Performing Arts Center, and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Renowned music educators will evaluate the selected ensembles’ performances in addition to their participation in professional master classes and special networking events. Invited concert bands, orchestras, choirs, percussion ensembles, and honor ensemble members participating in the 2018 Festival come from 32 states including: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The Festival week kicks off with the Indianapolis School Music Festival on Wednesday, March 14, hosted by Broad Ripple High School. Music for All is committed to school music in its hometown of Indianapolis and provides evaluators, clinicians, and support for this Festival for bands, choirs, and orchestra from Indianapolis Public Schools.
Festival Honor Ensembles
Three honor ensembles bring student musicians from different schools across the nation, selected by audition to rehearse and perform together.
The Honor Orchestra of America and Jazz Band of America will perform a shared concert at 8 pm, Friday, March 16, in Clowes Memorial Hall. Larry J. Livingston, Chairman of the Conducting Department of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, will conduct the Honor Orchestra of America. The Jazz Band of America will be directed by Jeff Rupert, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida, with guest artist Sean Jones on trumpet and Vandoren Emerging Artist jazz winner David Milazzo on saxophone. Tickets for the Jazz Band of America and Honor Orchestra of America concert are $15.
The Honor Orchestra of America will also perform at 8 pm, Saturday, March 17, in the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, senior citizens, and groups of 10 or more.
The Honor Band of America will perform at 8 pm, Saturday, March 17, at Clowes Memorial Hall, conducted by Dr. Scott Weiss, Director of Bands at the University of South Carolina. Tickets range from $22 to $35.
Chamber Music Concert
The Music for All Chamber Music Concert will take place at 8 pm, Saturday, March 17 at the Christel De Haan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis. The concert will feature the classical winners Ryan Toher, clarinet, and Julian Velasco, saxophone, from the Vandoren Emerging Artists Competition and the Yamaha Performing Artist, Rex Richardson. The Vandoren Emerging Artists Competition awards classical and jazz clarinetists and saxophonists between the ages of 18 to 23. The winners have the opportunity to perform at the National Festival and travel to Paris to meet representatives from Vandoren. Tickets are $15.
Orchestra America National Festival
Tickets for the individual orchestra performances of the Orchestra America National Festival at Hilbert Circle Theatre, Thursday evening, March 15 and Saturday morning, March 17 are $15 for both sessions.
Music for All is a national organization, headquartered in downtown in Indianapolis. Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.