AUDITIONS: Held at the end of August each year. Auditions are an important part of learning to play in an orchestra - THO auditions are a relaxed process of evaluating a students sightreading and playing abilities. Be prepared to play a 1, 2 or 3 octave scale, a solo or etude of your choice (need not be memorized) and we will have each student sightread orchestral excerpts to determine the correct placement of each student in an orchestra. Sept 5, 2016 is Labor Day - no rehearsal that day. THO will begin rehearsals on Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Jazz Hall of Fame downtown Tulsa, 111 East 1st street, parking at lower level is free after 5:00pm or you may drop your student off at the upper level for rehearsals at the circle drive.
Monday, August 28, 2017: 4:30-6pm Jazz Hall, for Students with Last Name A-L
Thursday, August 31, 2017: 4:30-6pm Jazz Hall, for Students with Last Name M-Z
Please contact Karen Naifeh Harmon if you would like to schedule an audition date:
TULSA HONORS ORCHESTRA (THO) is in its 37th year of providing excellent string instruction to youth string players, as well as providing numerous fantastic performance opportunities. THO regularly performs at Living Arts Festival: Dia De Los Muertos, to rave reviews by audiences. THO also performs at Youth Services Coffee House, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, the Tulsa Promenade Mall, the Mayo Hotel, and Holiday Mart at Expo Square.
THO is comprised of 3 orchestras: Tulsa Honors Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra and the Debutante Orchestra. THO meets at the Jazz Hall of Fame from 4:30-5:30pm every Monday. The Debutante Orchestra, for beginning sightreading students, also meets from 4:30-5:30pm. The Chamber Orchestra is a more challenging orchestra, which stays for an additional hour, from 5:30-6:30pm.
Other Performances for the 2016-17 season will include the Irish Street Festival Performance at Kilkenny's on March 17, a Fundraiser in November benefitting a family adopting a girl from Uganda, the Mayo Hotel Christmas Performance on December 11 benefitting CAN, the Child Abuse Network, and a Young People's Concert in the Spring, in which original student compositions are performed with our Orchestra.
THO music directors are Jody Naifeh, the THO founder, and her daughter, Karen Naifeh Harmon, Violinist/Composer/Arranger. THO coaches include Austin Pendergrass, cello coach, Missy Townsend, viola coach, Olivia McBride, Debutante Orchestra & Kyle Wagner, string bass.
THO is pleased to announce our generous grant from the Oklahoma Art Council for the 2016-2017 year. THO is also appreciative of our generous grant from the Patti Johnson Wilson Foundation. We also would like to thank the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame for the use of their amazing Hall and all their support! We could not do this without the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame!
Select programming is made possible in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts.