Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.
Music for All’s National Honor Ensembles for high school musicians:
The Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, celebrates outstanding music-making by the nation’s finest high school and middle school scholastic ensembles. The Music for All National Festival is an integral part of Music for All’s mission to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.
All applying ensembles receive feedback on their audition recording from a panel of Music for All National Festival evaluators.
For invited ensembles, directors select their own programs; there is no required repertoire. There are no ratings or rankings, so directors and their ensembles are free to stretch themselves, reach for new heights, and strive for innovation, growth, and excellence, rather than focusing on a rating or placement.
The non-competitive atmosphere of the Music for All National Festival provides a place for growth, cooperative encouragement, and mutual respect among music programs, students, parents, boosters, and administrators. To receive an invitation by audition is to be recognized as one of the finest scholastic music ensembles in America.
Founded in 1975, Music for All is one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of active music-making through educational and performance programs and advocacy. From roots in marching band championships as Bands of America, the organization launched the National Concert Band Festival in 1992. Today, the Music for All National Festival provides a world-class educational performance experience for outstanding bands, orchestras, percussion ensembles, and chamber ensembles.
The Music for All National Festival has been comprised of the National Concert Band Festival, Orchestra America National Festival, the National Choir Festival, the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, the Chamber Music National Festival, and national honor ensembles for outstanding high school musicians.